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Reflections of a French Dream: Early Modern Maps from Florida (16th-19th c.)

On the occasion of the international conference “La Floride Francaise. Florida, France and the Francophone world " organized by the Winthrop-King Institute at FSU (20-21 February 2014); FSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives and North Redington Beach map seller La Rose des Vents present an exceptional selection of antique maps and documents reflecting French involvement in Florida during four centuries.

Between the middle years of the sixteenth century and the early nineteenth century Florida was a recurring concern of French governments in their attempts to introduce a French presence south of Canada. Maps of Florida, many of them produced in France but also in the Netherlands, England, Italy or the United States, thus represented tools for the military and diplomatic action of France, images sometimes fanciful of territories to conquer or reconquer, but mostly images of a dream conceived in Huguenot minds, at the height of the Religious Wars, a dream that never came to be true but fed a nostalgia that lived on long after Florida had ceased to be considered another viable Nouvelle France. 

Reflections of a French Dream: Early Modern Maps from Florida is open from 10am-6pm in the Strozier Exhibit Room until March 21, 2014.

A Century of Seasons: The History of Florida State Athletics

Florida State University’s Special Collections presents A Century of Seasons: The History of Florida State Athletics.  Visitors are invited to explore the history of Florida State athletics, which spans over ten decades, from the turn of the century to the modern day. 

Beginning in 1905 and ending in 1947 Tallahassee’s campus was a women’s college, then known as Florida State Women’s College (F.S.C.W.). These forty-years were marked by energetic school spirit, enthusiastic intramural rivalries and vibrant traditions. Our exhibit highlights this age of intramural competition between Odd and Even classes with images, documents and artifacts.

After the inception of Florida State University in 1947, sports exploded. Now able to have varsity teams because of the addition of men to the student body, the Tallahassee past time of Seminole fanaticism began.  Photos, artifacts and ephemera from FSU’s favorite sports teams are on display in this exhibit, as well as forgotten athletic groups like Tarpon Club, the women’s synchronized swimming club, and Gymkana, FSU’s premier gymnastics show troupe.

A digital exhibit complements the physical exhibit, sharing more artifacts that mark the history of athletics at FSU.

A Century of Seasons: The History of Florida State Athletics is open from 10am-6pm in the Strozier Exhibit Room until February 2014.

Seeing Others as Ourselves: Lois Lenski's Adventures in Understanding

A lecture on children's author and illustrator Lois Lenski given by Joy Kasson, PhD is being hosted by FSU Libraries Special Collections and Archives on September 12, 2013 at 5:45pm. The vent will be held in the Strozier Library Exhibit Room. This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP by September 6 by calling (850) 645-9942. Donations will be accepted. See event page here.

For parking information and directions to Strozier Library, please see our Maps and Directions and Parking map.

Joy Kasson is a professor of American Studies and English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the author of two books on nineteenth-century American art and culture, and currently serves as Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Scholar for Carolina Performing Arts. She is presently at work on a book about children's author and illustrator Lois Lenski.

Lois Lenski was a popular American writier and illustrator of picture books for children, as well as novels for young adults. She produced a delightful series of regional novels about children across the United States including her most famous work, Strawberry Girl, about a young girl in Florida. This work received the Newberry Medal.

Farms, Fields, and Florida: Lois Lenski Illustrating the South

The members of Dr. Teri Abstein’s spring 2013 Museum Object class have been working with Florida State University Special Collections to design the exhibit entitled Farms, Fields, and Florida: Lois Lenski Illustrating the South. Through materials that have not been on display since Lenski presented them herself, the exhibition highlights the children’s author’s connection with the rural south, focusing on the state of Florida. Showcasing tales such as Bayou Suzette (recounting the life of a young Cajun girl in Louisiana), Strawberry Girl (the Newbery Award winning novel depicting the life of a young Cracker girl in Florida), and Judy’s Journey (tracking a young migrant girl’s travels through the south and eastern coast), the exhibition displays the rustic yet realistic tapestry of Southern life woven by Lenski. In addition, with featured photo albums, handwritten manuscripts, fan letters, original illustrations, and her published books, visitors receive a glimpse into Lenski’s own life and process. A digital exhibit to complement the physical exhibit is available here.

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