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The officers will be providing up-to date information on our activities and keep you abreast of any changes.

April Meeting Thursday April 12, 2018

posted Apr 12, 2018, 2:04 PM by Tallahassee Historical Society

THS 2nd Thursday Monthly Meeting, April 13, 2017

posted Apr 11, 2017, 12:19 PM by Andrew Waber   [ updated Apr 12, 2018, 1:44 PM by Tallahassee Historical Society ]

A reminder that our April Meeting will be held this Thursday, April 13th at our regular site,  the Governor Martin House on Lafayette Street (1001 Desoto Park Drive). Our speaker will be Richard Decateau, whose topic will be “A Bomb in the Bushes”. This program should be both entertaining and enlightening! Richard will tell of finding a bomb in his backyard --- and discovering that it came from an aircraft flying from Tallahassee’s Dale Mabry Army Air Field during World War II! Naturally, this strange event  perked his interest and he has done extensive research, which has resulted in a fascinating bit of Tallahassee’s history.




I’m sure most of you probably read the front page story in the Tallahassee Democrat last Thursday that featured our program – and I’m sure that we’ll have a large crowd to hear our speaker Thursday evening.




So Remember:     6:30 p.m. - Refreshments and Socializing


                               7:00 p.m. – Program Begins

THS 2nd Thursday Monthly Meeting, March 9, 2017

posted Mar 1, 2017, 2:45 PM by Andrew Waber

Local Historian Discusses

Tallahassee in World War I

On November 12, 1918, north Florida resident Frank Drew wrote to his son Herbert, an officer in the American Expeditionary Force in Europe, to say, "Everything has been in a delirium of joy over here." He was referring to the fact that an armistice ending World War I had been signed the day before.

Florida historian Dr. Joe Knetsch will describe the experiences of local residents and military units in Europe and the capital city’s role in the war effort on March 9, at 7:00 p.m., at the historic Governor Martin House. His talk, "Tallahassee and Leon County in the Great War," is sponsored by the Tallahassee Historical Society and is free and open to the public.

Although Florida was still an undeveloped frontier and Tallahassee was a sleepy southern town, more than 42,000 men and women went to war. Because most of the state’s population was located in north Florida, many recruits came from the capital city and its environs.

"Sadly, Europe during World War I was a slaughterhouse for soldiers," says Knetsch. "But Tallahassee played a vital role of support by spearheading food and supply drives, and it joins other Florida communities in having stories about heroes. A colleague and I have identified more than 120 monuments statewide that recognize WWI veterans and their accomplishments."

Well known for his wide-ranging research, Knetsch has published nine books and more than 200 other publications on an array of topics dealing primarily with 19th- and 20th-century Florida history. "I developed an eclectic knowledge of state history as the Department of Environmental Protection’s expert witness relating to land treaties, surveys, ownership rights, and navigable waterways. It was only natural that I would study the historical events that often gave rise to claims and disputes."

The historic Governor Martin House, also known as the deSoto Site, is located at 1001 deSoto Park Drive. For additional information, call (850) 893–7644.

THS 2nd Thursday Monthly Meeting, February 9, 2017

posted Feb 8, 2017, 8:49 AM by Andrew Waber

Dear Folks:

Our next meeting is scheduled for next Thursday, February 9th.

Through the graciousness of our partner, INIE and its Director, Jessica Lowe-Minor, we will be meeting at the TCC Center For Innovation, located immediately behind City Hall (In the Old Brogan Museum) on the corner of Duval and Pensacola Streets. Our speaker will be Dr. Larry Rivers, who will address us on "Women of Florida". Dr. Rivers is an accomplished historian and always in demand as a speaker. I'm sure our crowd will be quite large.

The best part of this location is that the building has been completely remodeled and the meeting room is not only spectacular, but it's on the Plaza level !  --all thanks to Jessica. This facility is destined to be a sought-after treasure by our community, and I believe we will be the first to use it. It will seat a very large crowd comfortably -- you'll love it!

We'll first meet for a reception and conversation with our speaker at 6:30 p.m. on the third floor. Everyone can enjoy themselves there and also see the Alvin Harper photographic exhibit that covers Tallahassee's "Gilded Age" (1885-191). Following this, we will then return to the Plaza conference room for our program that will begin at 7:00  p.m.

Because of the expected crowd, please feel free to bring an appetizer, etc., to supplement our usual refreshments (it would be appreciated and welcomed!). It should be an exciting and enjoyable evening for all.

See you there!
Best regards,

Dave Lang, President
Tallahassee Historical Society

THS 2nd Thursday Monthly Meeting, January 12, 2016

posted Jan 11, 2017, 6:15 AM by Andrew Waber

Dear Folks:
A Happy New Year to all of you! This is just a reminder that we will hold our monthly meeting a week from Thursday, January 12th, at the Governor Martin House on Lafayette Street -- 6:30 p.m. "Meet and Greet" and 7:00 p.m. our program begins.

We have had a change in programs this month, and I believe you'll thoroughly enjoy what we have in store for you. Our speaker will be Doyle Conner, Jr., one of Florida's foremost "Cracker Historians"!
Doyle is the Curator of  the Florida Agriculture Museum , a sixth generation Floridian and also the son of the late Doyle Conner, Sr.,
who served as Florida's Agriculture Commissioner for many years.

Doyle is sure to be a fascinating speaker. He has been described as "an engaging poet, singer and storyteller" ! His topic? "Florida's History on the Hoof" !  -- based on his years of study and interest in the Florida cowboy -- from Spanish times to present. You can bet we'll have a packed house. Come early!
Best historical regards,

Dave Lang, Pres.

THS Holiday Dinner & Meeting, Thursday, December 8, 2016

posted Nov 30, 2016, 11:11 AM by Andrew Waber   [ updated Dec 5, 2016, 6:23 AM ]






We’re in for a holiday treat at Tallahassee’s best remembered

old dairy site! THS new members, Frank & Peper Willis, will host us at their

spectacular “Barn” locale -- much in demand for weddings and other social functions!  (It’s a new 3-story structure located on the spacious and beautifully manicured grounds of the once famous Willis Dairy”).

All THS members have been or will be contacted by email or telephone about the date, time, and location of the event, and suggestions on what to bring for the covered dish meal.



Please R.S.V.P by emailing and let us know if you are planning to attend or not.

THS 2nd Thursday Monthly Meeting, November 10, 2016

posted Oct 25, 2016, 11:17 AM by Andrew Waber

Dear THS members:

Please join us at the Governor Martin House on November 10, 2016, at 6:30 pm for our monthly meeting. The guest speaker will be Andy Wright, who will give a presentation titled "History Uncovered: Leon County Cemeteries."

THS 2nd Thursday Monthly Meeting, October 13, 2016

posted Oct 25, 2016, 10:51 AM by Andrew Waber

THS’s first meeting of the new season will be a week from Thursday, October 13th,  at the Governor Martin House on Lafayette Street. Refreshments and Conversation at 6:30 p.m. and our program begins at 7:00 p.m. Our speaker will be the City of Tallahassee’s Historian and Records Manager, Matt Lutz – and who knows what secrets of City Hall Matt will reveal?

THS Annual Picnic and Election of Officers

posted May 11, 2016, 7:02 PM by Romas S   [ updated May 11, 2016, 7:02 PM ]

Dear THS Members:


We are at the close of another successful year after engaging in a number of activities. Our thanks to those who gave us great programs -- especially our THS members.  To close out 2015-16 Year, Mary Alma and I look forward to hosting you for a picnic at our farm -- as we did last year.


The original date was planned for Saturday, May 7th, but unavoidable conflicts arose and it’s been reset for the following week:


            SATURDAY, MAY 14th

                  4:00 – 7:00 P.M.


Your Tallahassee Historical Society will furnish fried chicken, drinks and dessert. Your contribution of a generous serving of salad or vegetables will round out a festive picnic. As a matter of business, the election of officers for 2016-17 will also be held – so we look forward to welcoming you to the farm -- and a beautiful setting for an enjoyable evening of fellowship!


Most sincerely,


Dave Lang, President

Tallahassee Historical Society


NOTE:  PLEASE ---RSVP to Dr. Lynn McLarty as soon as possible your regrets or acceptance

           Also, include whether you will be bringing your spouse or date (as we need to have a head count for food and seating). Many thanks!

THS 2nd Thursday Monthly Meeting, April 14, 2016

posted May 11, 2016, 6:39 PM by Romas S   [ updated May 11, 2016, 6:49 PM ]

Dear THS Members:


This is a reminder that our final program of the 2015-16 year will be presented next Thursday, April 14th at the Governor Martin House at 7:00 p.m. (and don’t forget that we’ll have our usual “Social Time” and refreshments from 6:30 – 7:00 !). Our program (as you are probably aware because of the excellent publicity we have received), will be presented by our own THS member Doug Smith, entitled, “The Murder of Nicholas Ware Eppes”. Eppes, grandson of Thomas Jefferson,  was our elected School Superintendent at the time of his death. Doug has spent countless hours of research and much state-wide travel time  in preparing for this VERY interesting program. For that reason, we expect to see a large attendance.


Additionally, we will have a report of our Nominating Committee for next year’s officers -- and plans for our May Picnic and Meeting  will also be announced. You will also get updates on a number of items of interest! So….make plans to attend – and bring a friend!


Best regards,


Dave Lang, President


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