Exhibits

Governor’s House Library curates physical and digital exhibits to make our collections more accessible to the public. Find links and more information about past and present projects below:

Current Exhibits

Poster for "On The Map: Florida's Territorial Period" exhibit.

Temporary Exhibit | May 2023 – Today

On The Map: Florida’s Territorial Period

Navigate your way to our exhibit “On The Map: Florida’s Territorial Period” at Governor’s House Cultural Center and Museum! “On The Map” explores the transformation of Florida’s cartography from Spanish colony to statehood. Each map reveals the social, political, and geographical changes that characterized Florida’s territorial period (1822-1845).

Digital Exhibits

A black and white photograph of Zora Neale Hurston wearing a hat and a beaded necklace.

Exhibits at the University of Florida Libraries

Zora Neale Hurston's St. Augustine

Author and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston spent a great part of her life in Florida collecting folklore and telling stories. The pull of her adopted home-state brought her back again and again – including to the historic streets of St. Augustine.

A color photograph of two exhibit cases with artefacts and labels in them.

Exhibits at the University of Florida Libraries

Presence / Erasure : Black History in St. Augustine

"Presence / Erasure: Black History in St. Augustine" traces the city’s 450+ years of Black experiences and stories. It examines the critical role Black St. Augustinians played in the development of St. Augustine, Florida, and the United States.⁠

photo of St. Augustine map with pushpins that mark reconstructed buildings

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The Making of Historic St. Augustine

An introduction to the Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board and their four decades of work in the city's historic downtown district with an interactive map feature.

a collage of color and black and white images of women working in cultural heritage in St. Augustine

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Champions of St. Augustine: The Women Behind the History

A celebration of St. Augustine women who made history, wrote history, and preserved history in the 20th century. This project was created in collaboration with the St. Augustine Historical Society.

a peach background with colorful text that reads post from the past

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Post from the Past

An examination of St. Augustine's development in the 20th century and the sense of place that connects us to the past and present.

Past Exhibits

A black and white photograph of two men drilling concrete in a building under renovation.

Temporary Exhibit | September – December 2023

The Making of Historic St. Augustine

The Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board was established in 1959 and worked to restore and reconstruct historic structures in the city before its 400th anniversary in 1965. This exhibit at UF's Architecture & Fine Arts Library illustrates the transformation of St. Augustine’s downtown district through historic preservation efforts.

Stamp depicting a conquistador holding a Spanish royal flag.

Temporary Exhibit | May 2022 – January 2023

First Day of Issue: St. Augustine Quadricentennial Stamp

"First Day of Issue" features historic first day covers released in commemoration of St. Augustine’s 400th anniversary. A first day cover is a collectible envelope with a commemorative stamp, a postmark showing the location of issue, and often elaborate illustrations. For the first time since 1965, the featured first day covers will return to their post office of origin, now Governor’s House Cultural Center and Museum. This exhibition is curated by Governor’s House Library and made possible by the donation of Martin Severe, a philatelist from Rockville, Maryland.