The purpose of The Florida Historical Society is to mark and preserve historic places, acquire items with antique or historical value, to preserve them in or near original form as possible and make these items available for the benefit and education of the public.
The Society strives to impress upon its members and residents the importance of keeping alive our heritage as a source of interest and information for its unique educational value.
Florida Historical Society Meetings
Most meetings are held at the Green Family Homestead, 13 Bridge Street, Florida, on 3rd Thursdays at 7:00 pm except when there is a weather issue. In that case, meetings will be held at the Senior Citizens Center, 4 Cohen Circle, Florida. People on our email list will be notified of a change or you can call Gary Randall at 845-651-7466.
Annual Fruit Sale
2017 Fruit sale to be announced
Fruit Lovers: We are now selling delicious tree ripened fruit from Florida and California that keeps fresh for months! Our top seller is item #20 on the first page of the brochure: California Navel Oranges. New this year are Clementines, bottom left also on the first page; these small mandarins make a perfect snack for children. Click on the Fruit Brochure button to the left to view items for sale. Prepaid orders must be in to us by November 17th with delivery the week of December 5th or 12th. To order call Gary Randall at 845-651-7466 or Marv Kissinger at 845-651-5483.
Youth Achievement Award 2015
The Florida Historical Society has nominated Searra Bell for the Youth Achievement Award sponsored by the Florida Fun Fest. Searra's nomination comes as a result of her hard work and dedication restoring a bedroom in the Green House. As her Girl Scout Gold Award Project, Searra researched and renovated a back bedroom with wallpaper, draperies, and paint selected to be authentic of the Victorian period in the home's history.
Photos of the Victorian bedroom designed and created by Searra are found by clicking on the Photographs tab above.
Searra thanks her team of helpers including her parents Chad and Lisa Bell, Gary and Kathy Randall and the Florida Historical Society for thier advice, support and service and also Mr. Arnold Bieling of Roe Brothers and Gervic Paints for their donations.
The Florida Historical Society is very grateful to Searra for her time and leadership in this substantial project.
This new program by the Florida Historical Society has begun visits to our first graders. Trunks are filled with artifacts depicting life long ago and local history. Plans are underway to expand the program to the kindergartners as well.
May 17, 2014
Opening remarks by Gary Randall, President of the Florida Historical Society, were followed by the Pledge of Allegiance led by Mayor James Pawliczek. The County Historian, Johanna Porr, offered welcoming remarks. Historical Society Members, John J. Kimiecik & Robert Scott, presented a preview of the Society's soon to be published 2nd book: "Touching All the Bases, Places and Faces".
The Young Historians of Golden HIll Elementary School presented "Prominent Citizens of Early Florida". The Fourth Grade followed with the "Golden Hill Report on Historic Tour of the Village of Florida" Seventh graders from the S.S. Seward Institute presented a power-point on the "Life and Accomplishments of William Henry Seward".
Robert Scott, on behalf of the Florida Historical Society, presented books to the school and public libraries.
Seward Day celebrations came to a close with the singing of Seward Songs by the Golden Hill Fourth Grade and closing remarks by Gary Randall. Refreshments followed.