On July 4th, I visited the Museum of Florida History.

On their website I found these four bullet points that describe what the museum has on display.
  • Presents Florida history from the prehistoric era to the mid-20th century
  • Home of Florida's World War II Living Memorial
  • 27,000-square-foot gallery with more than 3,000 square feet of changing exhibition space
  • More than 45,300 artifacts in nationally recognized, diverse collections representing the entire state of Florida
I found the museum very interesting.  I was glad to see it open on our American Holiday.

I did not take a load of pictures in order to avoid spoiling the thrill for you.
The Museum of Florida History is located due west of the Capitol buildings.  

When I searched for information about my family, I found many different maps of Florida.  I did not know this one existed or if it is valid.  Of course this had to be pre-territory Florida.  
This map is more of what I expected but I thought the west coast of Florida went all the way to Texas.  In any case, I am glad someone gave the previous land-lock states some beaches to have of their own.

In the territory days, there were talks of splitting Florida into West and East Floridas.  Glad it did not happen.
When I walked up to this exhibit, I was surprised to see my great, grand Uncle Jacob Summerlin pictured.  I was surprised they did not reference him in the photo.  I let the staff know who this famous Floridian was.

Jacob Summerlin became one of the richest cattle barons in Florida's early history.

Here is an exhibit on "Florida in the Confederate Economy".

On the right side of the window is a photo on yellow paper of my great, grand Uncle Jacob Summerlin as described above.

He was a cattle rancher and made his fortune selling Florida cattle to Cuba.  During the Civil War, the Confederates drafted him and made him an offer on his cattle.  The Confederates said they could take the cattle by force or they could buy the cattle from him.  He decided to sell them as needed.
Another section in the museum talks about the Tin Can Tourists.  Once a derogatory term, it became fashionable to call this type of tourist by this name.  Back when the middle class wasn't as well off as they are today, they would packup their campers and head to Florida for a getaway.  All of their meals were in tin cans that they brought from home.  

There are a few cities that were more popular back in the good ole days.

The museum has many exhibits on display.  
My Mom used to be a phone operator so this patch panel was interesting to me.  
I never realized that the patch cords were weighted.  I knew they receeded into their slots when not needed but never thought about the internal workings.  Neat.  
Amazing how times have changed.  I always wanted to be an elevator operator when I grew up.  
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