Planning for Tallahassee’s Bicentennial

The Tallahassee Historical Society has created a special Bicentennial Committee to organize and promote events, educational resources, and activities to commemorate Tallahassee’s Bicentennial in 2024. Our goal is to offer engaging, historically accurate, and culturally diverse reflections of the capital city’s founding during a pivotal time in Florida history.

Be Part of the Bicentennial!

In 2024, Florida will recognize the 200th anniversary of Tallahassees founding and designation as the state capital with a yearlong commemoration. Local and statewide stakeholders are invited to contribute to historical, cultural and social events and products that highlight our capital city and Leon countys genesis and legacy. As a primary event coordinator, the Tallahassee Historical Society welcomes input from people and groups that would like to be involved and informed.
Please use the following form to let us know of your interest in the Bicentennial.

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    Bicentennial Committee Members

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    Dr. James M. Denham

    Dr. James M. Denham  is Professor of History and Director of the Lawton Chiles Center for Florida History at Florida Southern College.   He is the author of Florida Founder William P. Duval: Frontier Bon Vivant.

    Ben Gunter

    Bob Holladay, Interim Chair

    Claude Kenneson

    Claude Kenneson is a volunteer researcher at the State Library of Florida.  Since the 1990s, he has created nearly 100 reference notebooks on Tallahassee and Leon County topics including two notebooks on the 1924 Tallahassee Centennial.

    Joe Knetsch

    Joe Knetsch has taught in four colleges and universities in Florida as well as being a teacher of the gifted at Ramblewood Middle School in Coral Springs. He is a former president of the Tallahassee Historical Society as well as a member of the boards for the St. Augustine Historical Society, the Florida Historical Society, the Broward County Historical Commission and the Florida Heritage Foundation.  Joe has published ten books, including Florida’s Seminole Wars:  1817-1858 and Forts, Ports, Canals and Wars: An Uncommon History of Tallahassee and the Surrounding Area, and over 200 articles on Florida history and genealogy.

    Alissa Lotane

    Dr. Larry Eugene Rivers

    Dr. Larry Eugene Rivers is Distinguished Professor of History at Florida A&M University.  He is the author or co-author of eight books, including his seminal work titled Slavery in Florida: Territorial Days To Emancipation.

    J. Doug Smith

    J. Doug Smith is a local historian and past President of the Tallahassee Historical Society, having served on the Board of Directors since 2016. A Leon High School graduate, he retired from the aerospace industry in South Florida before returning to Tallahassee in 2015. Smith is a native of Tallahassee and 7th generation Leon County resident with roots dating back to 1828.

    KC Smith

    KC Smith is a member of the Florida Historical Society board of directors and operates The Wordsmith, a contract writing, editing, and research business. Now retired, KC was a museum educator at the DeSoto Site, Mission San Luis, Florida Historic Capitol, and Museum of Florida History, serving for eight years as the MFH Curator of Education.