This year’s Florida Historical Society Public History Forum was held in Lakeland from May 18 to 20. Our virtual booth is open through June 30, 2023 and offers great deals on our Florida history titles. Use code FHS23 for discount prices and free shipping within the U.S. on orders over $75.

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Read on for highlights from this year’s exhibit 

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Florida Historical Society Award Winners

Forces of Nature: A History of Florida Land Conservation
Clay Henderson (pictured left)

Florida Historical Society Stetson Kennedy Award

Ninety Miles and a Lifetime Away: Memories of Early Cuban Exiles
David Powell (pictured right)

Florida Historical Society Samuel Proctor Award

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 (pictured left)

Florida Historical Society Rembert Patrick Award

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

Florida Historical Society Charlton Tebeau Book Award 

Authors at the Florida Historical Society Forum

Good Day Sunshine State: How the Beatles Rocked Florida
Bob Kealing (pictured left)

The musical and cultural impact of the Fab Four in Florida  

The Letters of George Long Brown: A Yankee Merchant on Florida’s Antebellum Frontier
Edited by James M. Denham and Keith L. Huneycutt (pictured right)

Newest Florida History Titles

The Making of Florida’s Universities: Public Higher Education at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
Carl Van Ness
Available in August

The unique early path of public higher education in Florida  
“A fine study of higher education in Florida during the first three decades of the twentieth century. The Making of Florida’s Universities, along with its valuable post-script that brings the story up to the present—should be required reading for policy makers, politicians, and all those who have an interest in higher education.”—James M. Denham, author of Fifty Years of Justice: A History of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida  

From Death Row to Freedom: The Struggle for Racial Justice in the Pitts-Lee Case
Phillip A. Hubbart

An insider’s account of a wrongful conviction and the fight to overturn it during the civil rights era  
“A detailed, riveting, and shocking narration of how two Black men in Florida’s Panhandle were terrorized by police into falsely confessing to murder and then convicted in a racist court. The defense attorney author describes the struggle in the courts to correct this injustice. A gripping true story of how racial injustice in the law enforcement and judicial system was overcome.”—Paul J. Magnarella, author of Black Panther in Exile: The Pete O’Neal Story 

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

Mary McLeod Bethune the Pan-Africanist
Ashley Robertson Preston

Highlighting Bethune’s global activism and her connections throughout the African diaspora  
“Preston’s original treatment of Mary McLeod Bethune as an international figure greatly expands the extant narrative. This exciting book not only substantiates current attention on Bethune as a major public figure, but also situates her in the geographic context of Cuba, Haiti, the Bahamas, and Liberia—moving beyond her impact in the United States.”—Stephanie Y. Evans, author of Black Women in the Ivory Tower, 18501954: An Intellectual History  

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

Janet Reno: A Life
Judith Hicks Stiehm

The long-awaited biography of the first woman to serve as United States attorney general, written with exclusive access to the personal archives of Reno and her family and based on over 40 interviews with Reno’s friends and colleagues  
“The warm biography of a consequential attorney general—a trailblazer whose singular experiences helped her to navigate some of the country’s thorniest legal challenges.”—Foreword Reviews

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