This year’s FHS Public History Forum was held last weekend in Gainesville, together with the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Society conference. Our virtual booth is open through June 30, 2022 and offers great deals on our Florida history books, as well as our Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings books. Use code FHS22 for discount prices and free shipping within the U.S.

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Read on for highlights from this year’s exhibit.

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Highlights from Our Virtual Booth
Use code FHS22 for discounts and free shipping within the U.S.


Dreams in the New Century: Instant Cities, Shattered Hopes, and Florida’s Turning Point
Gary R. Mormino

“Gary Mormino is one of the finest writers in Florida. His eye for irony and poignancy is strong, and its power is on full display in these pages. Dreams in the New Century makes sense of the state in a period of rapid growth and change.”—Evan P. Bennett, author of When Tobacco Was King: Families, Farm Labor, and Federal Policy in the Piedmont

“A thorough, entertaining, and often moving reflection on the history of modern Florida. Mormino convincingly and rightfully situates the history of turn-of-the-twenty-first-century Florida at the forefront of American political, economic, and cultural history.”—Peggy Macdonald, author of Marjorie Harris Carr: Defender of Florida’s Environment


Marge and Julia: The Correspondence between Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Julia Scribner Bigham
Edited by Rodger L. Tarr, Brent E. Kinser, and Florence M. Turcotte

“This brilliant epistolary conversation reveals the deep, forthright bond between Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and her publisher’s daughter, Julia Scribner Bigham—two remarkable women who sought to create and live meaningful lives, even in the shadow of a world war. Marge and Julia is a most welcome contribution to both American literary history and the literature of women’s friendships.”—Ann McCutchan, author of The Life She Wished to Live: A Biography of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, author of “The Yearling”  

“These letters plumb depths of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’s inner life that her public writing, including her memoir Cross Creek, do not, in large part because Julia Scribner Bigham’s intelligence and insight make her the perfect correspondent for Rawlings. Scholars will find this new edition of great value, particularly the editors’ excellent introduction and copious footnotes, but these letters, engaging as a superb novel, should delight general readers as well.”—Ronald Rash, author of In the Valley


Florida Scrub-Jay: Field Notes on a Vanishing Bird
Mark Jerome Walters

Florida Historical Society Stetson Kennedy Award 
“I would recommend this book on the strength of the prologue alone. In just seven brilliant pages, Mark Jerome Walters covers the evolutionary history of birds from dinosaurs to the present, focusing on the line that led to corvids, then to jays, then to the titular species, Florida Scrub-Jay.”—Matt Mendenhall, BirdWatching

“An intensely personal collection of memories from people who lived through a tragic epoch of Cuban history that became a transformative period for Florida.”—Tallahassee Democrat

“A beautifully imagined, carefully researched, and masterfully edited oral history. Readers will share the struggles of those who made the journey from Castro’s Cuba and changed the United States.”—Steve Kroft, longtime CBS 60 Minutes correspondent.

Publication of this work made possible by a Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

“An inspiring collection. The essays of David R. Colburn and Senator Bob Graham beg us to answer the contemporary questions: What does it mean to be a Floridian, and who is up to bat in the coming decades? It is a must-read for every mindful soul in the Sunshine State.”—Nashid Madyun, executive director, Florida Humanities


The Nine Lives of Florida’s Famous Key Marco Cat
Austin J. Bell

Florida Book Awards, Bronze Medal for Florida Nonfiction

“An outstanding book on one of North America’s most iconic artifacts. We follow the Cat from its origins as a tree in a forest a few centuries ago to its manufacture and use by Native Americans in Florida to its rediscovery by archaeologists in 1896 and its continuing odyssey.”—Torben C. Rick, curator of North American Archaeology, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History


The Wilder Heart of Florida: More Writers Inspired by Florida Nature
Edited by Jack E. Davis and Leslie K. Poole

“Capture[s] Florida’s current precarious state of balance.”—Tampa Bay Times
“This collection . . . points to the need to keep the pressure on to save the ever shrinking wild areas and denizens of our fair state. . . . [A] wonderful little book.”—Florida Times-Union


The Extraordinary Life of Jane Wood Reno: Miami’s Trailblazing Journalist
George Hurchalla

Florida Historical Society Charlton Tebeau Award
“Brilliant, adventurous, and defiantly determined, Reno is a pioneering woman who should not be overlooked. Readers will be thrilled, and book groups will relish discussions of this amazing life.”—Booklist

“A vivid portrait of an American original.”—Miami Today

02112020172012_500x500Jacksonville and the Roots of Southern Rock
Michael Ray FitzGerald

Florida Book Awards, Bronze Medal for Florida Nonfiction 
“[An] enjoyable book that’s part memoir and part music history. . . . Offers entertaining glimpses into the development of a music scene and music style.”—No Depression
“Fun and informative. . . . Fans of southern rock will appreciate Fitzgerald’s entertaining survey.”—Publishers Weekly


Florida’s Healing Waters: Gilded Age Mineral Springs, Seaside Resorts, and Health Spas
Rick Kilby

Florida Historical Society Stetson Kennedy Award
Florida Book Awards, Silver Medal for Florida Nonfiction

“Kilby’s compelling narrative along with the captivating images made me want to pack my bags and hit the back roads in search of the state’s healing waters.”—Lu Vickers, coauthor of Remembering Paradise Park: Tourism and Segregation at Silver Springs

02272020141602_500x500Chesterfield Smith, America’s Lawyer
Mary E. Adkins

Florida Historical Society Rembert Patrick Award

“Adkins’s fast-paced, readable biography of one of Florida’s and the nation’s most influential lawyers and public citizens is a welcome addition. No American had a greater impact on the practice of law and public affairs in America than ‘Citizen’ Smith. Adkins has provided us with a remarkable portrait of this astonishing man.”—James M. Denham, author of Fifty Years of Justice: A History of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida

10022019183926_500x500Yamato Colony: The Pioneers Who Brought Japan to Florida
Ryusuke Kawai, translated by John Gregersen and Reiko Nishioka

Florida Historical Society Harry T. And Harriette V. Moore Award

“Provide[s] a new narrative of the Japanese immigrant, one that has not been told before this. . . . Much to be admired.”—Shukan New York Seikatsu


This Day in Florida History
Andrew K. Frank, J. Hendry Miller, and Tarah Luke

“Takes readers on a 365-day virtual tour through Florida’s 500-year history, from the first documented encounters of Indigenous peoples and Spanish colonial explorer-conquistadors through the Space Age and beyond. Expertly researched and written by professional historians, each entry reconstructs a key moment from Florida’s famously weird, frequently tumultuous past.”—Scot French, University of Central Florida

“No matter how much you think you know about Florida history you will come away from this book learning more.”—Glenn Miller, president, Southwest Florida Historical Society


The Governors of Florida
Edited by R. Boyd Murphree and Robert A. Taylor

Florida Book Awards, Gold Medal in Florida Nonfiction

“A go-to book for all who want to know more about how Florida emerged from a wilderness territory to become the third most populous state in the country.”—from the foreword by Bob Martinez, former governor of Florida

Now Available in Paperback


Mr. Flagler’s St. Augustine
Thomas Graham

Florida Historical Society Charlton Tebeau Book Award
Florida Book Awards, Bronze Medal for Florida Nonfiction

“It would be difficult to imagine a more comprehensive account of Flagler’s life or St. Augustine’s growth from the 1880s through 1913.”—Journal of Southern History


Indian River Lagoon: An Environmental History
Nathaniel Osborn

Florida Historical Society Stetson Kennedy Book Award  

“In his fascinating concise study of this unique piece of Florida real estate, Nathaniel Osborn covers all the bases: dredging, filling, farming, fishing, citrus, industry, tourists, astronauts, retirees and, of course, mosquito control. Each have had a major impact on the fragile ecosystem behind the barrier islands.”—Florida Times-Union


The Public Health Nurses of Jim Crow Florida
Christine Ardalan

Florida Historical Society Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Award
“Ardalan meticulously weaves together the archival evidence into a seamless chronological narrative. . . . Indispensable to nursing history scholars, as well as to researchers interested in public and social policy, civil rights, and minority health.”—Choice

11092017161844_500x500Queering the Redneck Riviera: Sexuality and the Rise of Florida Tourism
Jerry T. Watkins III

“Excellently demonstrates the presence and utility of queer geographies in the Florida Panhandle and provides a valuable contribution as a local examination to LGBTQ studies in the state and the American South.”—H-Net

“Interweaves the growing visibility of postwar gay life with the attendant moral panics and police regulations of public gay life. . . . An important addition to studies of gay history, tourism, and the South.”—Journal of American History

11042020162632_500x500Maximum Insight: Selected Columns
Bill Maxwell

“This is journalistic writing at its best.”—Publishers Weekly

“Readers interested in general public affairs with an emphasis on race relations will enjoy this broad social commentary.”—Booklist

“Maximum Insight is a book to be read by those who pride themselves as ‘thinking’ Americans.”—Tampa Bay Magazine

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Use code FHS22 for discount prices and free shipping through June 30, 2022.

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