China Doll and Paremore Estates

By Brendan Crellin One thing I’ve learned from the past few months is that I really like my neighborhood. These days, our walks up and down our street are frequent. With no through traffic, our street is perfect for a 4 year-old who is mastering the art of scootering....

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I Miss my Bookstores—Quick, Give Me a Fix

By Bob Holladay Florida Bookman This pandemic stopped being fun when they deemed Tallahassee’s bookstores “non-essential” and closed their doors.  It’s not just the economics of it, which (cross myself) could severely damage my favorite places in town; it is what...

What’s in a name——Friendship

By Virginia Perkins In 1837, Florida was still a territory and it was the northern part of the state, near Tallahassee, that Thomas James Perkins, age 20, came to seek his fortune. His work with the railroad brought him from Queen Anne County, Maryland and he...

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Florida’s Long History of Easy Money

By Bob Holladay Florida Bookman In 1920, four years before Tallahassee celebrated its centennial, Miami already had more than 24,000 residents, nearly four times that of the state capital.  Despite that, there was still a kind of uncertainty about what kind of...

March 12 Program with Dr. Andrew Frank

Think the Seminole Nation started with Bobby Bowden?  On February 12, You’ll Find out Differently. By Bob Holladay, President I’ve known Andrew Frank from the FSU History Department for about 10 years. I first met him when I was considering returning to school...

Dr. Alexander Brickler and the Art of the Possible

By Bob Holladay, President When we at the Tallahassee Historical Society began circulating the word last spring that we wanted Dr. Alexander Brickler to come to speak to us at one of our meetings, we started receiving all sorts of congratulations. “Well, it’s about...

The Great Historical Divide

By Bob Holladay, President I’m worried about the history profession.  In fact, I have been worried about it for some time.  Let me be clear: I am talking about the relationship of the academic history profession in the colleges and universities, and the...

Did You Know?

by Sudduth Rae Cummings The throttle of an early aircraft had a ball on the end of it, so in order to go full throttle the pilot had to push the throttle all the way forward into the wall of the instrument panel. Hence “balls to the wall” for going very...