RESOURCES

Begin Your Journey!

The 2024 Bicentennial commemoration is an opportune time to expand your knowledge about Tallahassee-Leon County. Need a speaker for your classroom? Check out our list of qualified speakers, for age groups ranging from 4th grade to adult, who can inform your students about our shared history. Click the name to email an expert and schedule a class visit!

Barbara Clark – Region Director, FL Public Archeology Network 
Ben Gunter – Artistic Director, Theater with a Mission 
Bob Knight – Lecturer, Author, and Historian, Boys State
Doug Alderson – History Task Force Chair, Author, Visit Tallahassee
Frank Terraferma – History Writer 
Jonathan Lammers – Historic Preservation Planner
Marcus Curtis – GIS historian, Tallahassee/Leon County 
Michele Runo – Researcher, Florida State University
Sandler Dickson – Original 1974 Sesquicentennial Organizing Committee Member
Will Gandy – Tallahassee Museum Exhibits and Collections

Barbara Clark – Region Director, FL Public Archeology Network 
Ben Gunter – Artistic Director, Theater with a Mission
Bob Holladay – President, Tallahassee Historical Society
Bob Knight – Lecturer, Author, and Historian, Boys State
Doug Alderson – History Task Force Chair, Author, Visit Tallahassee
Frank Terraferma – History Writer 
Jonathan Lammers – Historic Preservation Planner
Marcus Curtis – GIS historian, Tallahassee/Leon County 
Michele Runo – Researcher, Florida State University
Sandler Dickson – Original 1974 Sesquicentennial Organizing Committee Member
Will Gandy – Tallahassee Museum Exhibits and Collections

Barbara Clark – Region Director, FL Public Archeology Network 
Ben Gunter – Artistic Director, Theater with a Mission 
Bob Holladay – President, Tallahassee Historical Society
Bob Knight – Lecturer, Author, and Historian, Boys State
Doug Alderson – History Task Force Chair, Author, Visit Tallahassee
Frank Terraferma – History Writer 
Jonathan Lammers – Historic Preservation Planner
Juanita Gaston – Tallahassee African-American Genealogical Society (TAAGS) 
Marcus Curtis – GIS historian, Tallahassee/Leon County 
Will Gandy – Tallahassee Museum Exhibits and Collections
Vel Johnson – Bicentennial Coordinator, Visit Tallahassee

Barbara Clark – Region Director, FL Public Archeology Network 
Ben Gunter – Artistic Director, Theater with a Mission 
Bob Holladay – President, Tallahassee Historical Society
Bob Knight – Lecturer, Author, and Historian, Boys State
Claude Kenneson – Tallahassee Historical Society 
Doug Alderson – History Task Force Chair, Author, Visit Tallahassee
Doug Smith – Author, Tallahassee Historical Society
Frank Terraferma – History Writer 
Jonathan Lammers – Historic Preservation Planner
Juanita Gaston – Tallahassee African-American Genealogical Society (TAAGS) 
Marcus Curtis – GIS historian, Tallahassee/Leon County 
Will Gandy – Tallahassee Museum Exhibits and Collections

Barbara Clark – Region Director, FL Public Archeology Network 
Ben Gunter – Artistic Director, Theater with a Mission 
Bob Holladay – President, Tallahassee Historical Society
Bob Knight – Lecturer, Author, and Historian, Boys State
Claude Kenneson – Tallahassee Historical Society 
Doug Alderson – History Task Force Chair, Author, Visit Tallahassee
Doug Smith – Author, Tallahassee Historical Society
Frank Terraferma – History Writer 
Jonathan Lammers – Historic Preservation Planner
Marcus Curtis – GIS historian, Tallahassee/Leon County 
Michele Runo – Researcher, Florida State University
Will Gandy – Tallahassee Museum Exhibits and Collections
Vel Johnson – Bicentennial Coordinator, Visit Tallahassee

Local Organizations

Explore the websites of several Tallahassee-Leon County organizations. Any of these organizations
can help you begin an enriching journey that can continue long after our Bicentennial year.

Florida A&M University – FAMU Libraries 

Florida Boys State – Florida, An American State: 1818-1845

Florida Civil Rights Museum, Inc. Florida Civil Rights Museum, Inc. 

Florida State University – Digital Library and Research Repository 

Leon County Public Library – Leon County Public Library

Riley Center & Museum –  Soul Voices (arcgis.com) 

State Library and Archives of Florida – Florida Memory 

Tallahassee Community College – Tallahassee Community College Libraries 

Tallahassee Historical SocietyTallahassee Historical Society 

Tallahassee-Leon County GISExplore Historical Tallahassee 

Visit Tallahassee – Florida’s Capital City History & Heritage 

Visit TallahasseeSoul Voices of Frenchtown • Visit Tallahassee 

WFSU – Local Stories 

Governor’s Proclamation

A Tallahassee-Leon County Bicentennial Proclamation was issued by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the capital of the third largest state in the country.

Chief Financial Officer Proclamation

A Tallahassee-Leon County Bicentennial Proclamation was issued by Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis.

Florida Senate Resolution

A Tallahassee-Leon County Bicentennial Resolution was issued by the Florida Senate envisioning the powerful next chapter of Florida’s Capital community.

Historical Resources

Download in-depth historical articles by author Mary May, a sixth-generation Floridian and a native of Vernon, in Washington County. A resident of Tallahassee since 1967, May received a B.S. in Social Studies Education (1969) and an M.S. in Social Science (1972) from Florida State University. She taught at Rickards High School from 1970 to 1978, and at The Florida State University School (Florida High) from 1978 until retiring in 2000. May is a member of the Bicentennial History Task Force.

Florida Footprints

View a 7-part documentary series by WFSU-TV’s Florida Footprints. It focuses on the history of the Big Bend and Panhandle area. Follow the footsteps of the men and women who created what we know today as the Sunshine State.