March 21, 2023
Tallahassee Community College will host the second annual Tallahassee History Festival on Saturday, March 25, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Kleman Plaza in Downtown Tallahassee. The free community event features programs, exhibits, reenactments, and activities showcasing Florida’s rich history.
More than 50 area museums and archaeological and historical organizations will be on-hand.
Festival highlights include:
- A presentation from Jeffrey Shanks, archeologist with the National Park Service, about ongoing archaeology at the Prospect Bluff Historic Sites on the Apalachicola River. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and named a National Historic Landmark, the site contains the ruins of two forts.
- Trampas Alderman, Florida History Day State Coordinator with the Museum of Florida History who will talk about Florida History Day and give students tips for history fair projects.
- Jarvis Rosier, Civil War Heritage Coordinator at the Riley House Museum, and founder of the 2nd Infantry Regiment United States Colored Troops Living History Association. The association represents the 2nd and 99th regiments of the United States Colored Troops who fought at the Battle of Natural Bridge.
- The Aucilla Research Institute’s reconstructed mastodon skeleton, Pricilla. The mastodon was found in the Aucilla River in Jefferson County in the 1960s.
- The Challenger Learning Center will present a free screening of the 1954 classic monster movie Creature from the Black Lagoon which was filmed at nearby Wakulla Springs. Presented by the Challenger Learning Center, the show starts at 2 p.m. and is on a first-come, first-served basis.