Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Lost Tribes

The Amelia Island Museum of History invites the public to the opening of its newest temporary exhibit: Florida's Lost Tribes, on September 10th at 7 p.m. This collection, produced by St. Augustine painter Theodore Morris, resurrects the extinct Native American tribes of Florida in his work. Spending countless hours in libraries, museums and archeological digs, Morris created this striking collection by painstakingly researching the various tribes of Florida, granting the viewer a glimpse into their lives that would otherwise be impossible. His Timucuan collection will be on display at the museum from September 10 through December 28, with a special presentation and reception with Theodore Morris on the opening night.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Arrrr! Florida Pirates be Arriving Soon!

Dr. Kevin McCarthy earned his B.A. in American Literature from LaSalle College in 1963, his M.A. in English from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill in 1966 and his Ph.D. in Linguistics from the same school in 1970. He taught in the Peace Corps in Turkey for two years, in Lebanon as a Fulbright Professor for one year, in Saudi Arabia as a Fulbright Professor for two years, and as a professor of English and Linguistics at the University of Florida for 33 years. He has had 48 books published, including Twenty Florida Pirates, plus 43 articles in scholarly and popular journals and has given over 300 talks to schools and academic groups. In 2003 the University of Florida named him its Distinguished Alumni Professor. Since retiring from UF in 2005, he has twice taught writing workshops in Hanoi , Vietnam , and English-as-a-Foreign Language in Spain . He continues to research and write nonfiction books about Florida.

At 3rd Friday on 3rd Street he will be discussing the role of pirates along the east coast of Florida, with particular mention of Amelia Island and St. Augustine. He will also discuss the image of pirates in American culture, why they are so popular in movies and literature and what their lives were really like.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Community Appreciation Day 2010

All day FREE admission for

Nassau County Residents

Featuring a one day only natural history exhibit

and hands-on family friendly presentation at 11:00 a.m.

by a ranger from the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission.

July 17th

10:00am - 4:00pm

Thursday, July 8, 2010

History of the Human Skeleton

Back by popular demand, the Amelia Island Museum of History is pleased to announce the return of Dr. Rachel Wentz presenting the History of the Human Skeleton on July 9th at 7 p.m. The skeleton provides a framework for muscles and skin, nutrients necessary for survival, and is one of the most essential tissues of the human body. But the skeleton also plays a fundamental role in our iconography. The human skeleton has intrigued, haunted, and amazed us through time. We’ll explore the many uses of human remains and how the bones of our bodies serve as symbolism within human culture. Dr. Wentz is a lively and dynamic speaker who spoke to a packed house this past January on the Windover burial site. The museum is excited to have her back a recommends coming early for a good seat. Admission is free for museum members and $5 for nonmembers. For more information, please contact Alex at 261-7378 ext. 102.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

How does your garden grow?

Summertime and the livin' is easy, fish are jumpin' and the cotton is high... in the Amelia Island Museum of History Garden. Stop by if you haven't recently - the flowers are in full bloom and the cotton is over 4 feet tall!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

New Photography Exhibit

Nassau County at Work and Play

Come join us on June 10th at 7pm in Baker Hall as Foy Maloy, Publisher of the Fernandina Beach NewsLeader, will speak on the paper's 150 year contribution to the documentation of our county at work and play as we celebrate the opening of our newest exhibit.

The Museum's 2010 photo exhibit, entitled Nassau County at Work and Play will showcase the residents of our area through the lens of a camera. Throughout our history, residents have made a living with an honest day's work. Whether as a shrimper, a fisherman, or a mill-worker, Fernandina has always been a blue-collar town with hard working citizens. We hope to capture this spirit of our industriousness, and while Fernandina might work hard, we play even harder! We also hope to capture our residents enjoying themselves. For centuries, people have hiked, biked, sailed, surfed, and generally enjoyed themselves on our beaches, salt marshes, and endless wilderness. We will combine submitted photographs with archival photos of Fernandina's past and present residents working and playing.

Admission is free for museum members and $5 for non-members. For more information call Alex Buell at 261-7378 ext. 102.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Journey to 1910

History Alive 2010, Amelia Island Museum of History's annual spring fundraiser, was a wonderful event. View pictures from our Olde Tyme Spring Carnival below & be transported 100 years back in time!
A very special thanks goes out to our fantastic volunteers who helped make this event such a success!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Countdown to the Carnival!



Join us as History comes ALIVE at this years 4th Annual History Alive event! Step back in time to the beginning of the 19th century and be prepared to be amazed. Meet the famous and the infamous, as Fernandina’s well-known historical figures come out to enjoy the sights and wonders of an Olde Tyme Traveling Carnival right in our own Museum backyard. You won’t want to miss Madame Sees-all tell your fortune or the Tattoo Twins as they perform amazing feats of face painting! There will be Live Bluegrass Music, Food, Games & Prizes. It’s guaranteed fun straight out of the ages for all ages! Visit for more information or to purchase tickets.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Day-trip to Cumberland National Seashore

The staff had the amazing opportunity to travel to Cumberland Island yesterday. Along with a tour of the wonderful museum located in St. Marys, GA, we also got a special look at Historic Greyfield Inn & Plum Orchard!

Thursday, April 22, 2010


The staff of the Museum get down & dirty on Earth Day to
help finish the new History Garden and beautify the grounds.
(pictures taken with dirty hands by Liz
Associate Director of Operations)

Archivist Teen Peterson

Volunteer & Tour Coordinator Thea Seagraves
& volunteer extraordinaire John Hopkins

Thea Seagraves

Director Phyllis Davis, JohnHopkins & Teen Peterson

Associate Director of Programs, Alex Buell

Planting Cotton

Volunteer Gloria shows the youngest Museum member how to plant cotton in our new History Garden which features northeastern Florida native and history related plants and flora.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

History of the Human Skeleton

Dr. Rachel Wentz will be speaking on Friday, April 9th at 7:00pm at the Museum.

Dr. Wentz is a Forensic Anthropologist and Director of the east-central region of the Florida Public Archeology Network. She will be dicussing the role skeletons play as the body's framework. She will also discuss the iconography of the skeleton and how human remains and bones are symbolic in many cultures. Come out and discover how the skeleton has played an important role through time.

Admission is free for museum members and $5 for non-members.

Contact Alex at 904-261-7378 x. 102 for more information.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Photo Contest

The Amelia Island Museum of History is having a 2010 Fernandina through Photography Contest

For more information and official contest rules check out

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Exhibit Opening

The Color of Hope

March 26 at 6:00 pm

Join us as we unveil our newest temporary exhibit in partnership with Sutton’s Place Behavioral Health. Created by the clients of Sutton’s Place, this exhibit will open with a presentation by the center’s staff and will feature their clients’ work with artistic therapy.