Your Florida Souvenirs Wanted for New Exhibit
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.
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.”