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A letter from D-Day, June 6, 1944

In remembrance of D-Day, and in commemoration of its 80th anniversary, we offer a few excerpts from the letters of Irving Weintraub, a doctor and lieutenant in the medical corps, to his wife Elizabeth concerning the D-Day landing and his experiences immediately after. June 6, 1944 My Darling Bett:…

From 13 to 83, Julien Yonge Spent His Life Building a Library and a Legacy

Julien Chandler Yonge, about 15 or 16 years old – From an original photograph belonging to Joel Henry Horne. His cap bears the initials for the Alabama Male College (later Auburn) and his lapel pin shows the initials of his fraternity, Phi Kappa Alpha. This year marks the 145th anniversary…

Sherry Sherrod DuPree Collection

By James Cusick The P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History is proud to announce a donation of books and papers on local Black history and religious history from professor, archivist, librarian, and author Sherry Sherrod DuPree. DuPree holds an MA in educational media from North Carolina Central University and an…

Work of the Florida Federal Writers Project Now Available Online

By Bridget Bihm-Manuel – In 1935, Franklin Roosevelt established the Works Progress Administration (WPA) to alleviate the unemployment caused by the Great Depression.  It was primarily a public works program and the laborers who participated were responsible for the construction of thousands of bridges, buildings, parks, roads, and other structures…

John and Martina Linnehan and the Florida Peace Movement Collection

By Rachel Laue – The life of an activist is often unconventional, but few more so than long-time peace movement advocates, John and Martina Linnehan. When the couple met in 1969 they were both in holy orders. Martina, a nun with the Sisters of St. Joseph in St. Augustine, and…

A Student’s View of the Collections

By Ma Gabrielle Bernasol – This year marks the seventeenth since my family immigrated to Florida. Despite living so many years in the Florida, my time working with the Florida History Collection has made me realize that my knowledge of the state is still in its infant stages.  Since the…

Catching a Murderer in 1885 – from the Correspondence of Pliny Reasoner

By Rachel Laue – The pioneer settlements of nineteenth-century Florida were rife with hardships and potential dangers. Settlers contended with adverse weather, fires, wildlife, and accidents often far from the help of modern conveniences, medical care, or other people. In the settlement along the Manatee River, there was another, more…