Your Florida Souvenirs Wanted for New Exhibit

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Aquaglades Poster I Found in an Antique Shop

Aquaglades Poster I Found in an Antique Shop

Have a funky, unique, old, fun or rare souvenir from a Florida attraction? It may be the perfect artifact for a new exhibit on Florida attraction souvenirs called, “Remembering Paradise: Souvenirs of Historic Florida Attractions,” scheduled for display at the Florida Historic Capitol Museum in Tallahassee April through September 2011.

Souvenirs dating back to Juan Ponce de Leon’s 1513 Florida visit in search of the Fountain of Youth through the opening of Wizarding World of Harry Potter in 2010 are anticipated to be represented. Any item with historic significance and tied to a tourist attraction will be considered.

Exhibit space is limited so smaller the item, the better, but all will be considered.

Got Florida Souvenirs? This is How You Submit them for Exhibit Consideration
Historical Florida souvenirs for the exhibit are being collected by Visit Florida, the state’s official resource for travel planning and here’s how they recommend you can help:

Step 1:  Dig through that old trunk and dust off out your treasure from your favorite Florida attraction;

Step 2:  Take a photo of the souvenir and send it to museum@VISITFLORIDA.org along with a brief description;

Step 3:  Souvenirs will be selected for the exhibit by the end of January 2011;

Step 4:  Visit Florida will contact you with information on how to ship your Florida attraction souvenir to the exhibit;

Step 5:  Importantly, tell everyone about the exhibit and encourage them to send us any of their old souvenirs. I’ve found Florida souvenirs out in Montana antique shops.

Florida Souvenir: Coconut Head

Florida Souvenir: Coconut Head

If  selected, Visit Florida says your souvenirs will be handled with the greatest of care, will be cataloged and returned at the end of the exhibit in September 2011.

I’ll be digging through my boxes of treasures to see if I have any souvenirs from the Everglades or maybe even something from the 1970s when I first started visiting the state. What about you, do you have any fun and/or historical (even hysterical) Florida souvenirs?

If you’re into Florida souvenirs, you may like my article, “Guide to Four Fabulous and Tacky Florida Souvenirs.”

Author: Solo Travel Girl

Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led Jennifer Huber, aka: Solo Travel Girl, to a career path in tourism. She has worked in the tourism industry for more than 20 years including 10 years with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley and Everglades National Park. She currently lives in Southwest Florida, and maintains this travel blog with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely.

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  1. i have a old souviner from leulla day foutain of youth atraction representing landing of ponce de leon at st.augustine fla copyright 1908 email for more imformation thanks bill

  2. Hi Bill.

    Thank your for dropping by and commenting. Your souvenir sounds very cool! The Florida Souvenir exhibit was running through September so I’m not sure they’re looking for artifacts. You can drop an email to: museum@VISITFLORIDA.org to see if they still collecting them. Sounds as though you have something special!

    Take care.

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