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Museum of Florida History Highlights Tours
These are guided tours offered Monday through Friday 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The tour is approximately 20 minutes long and offers visitors a time to travel from prehistoric Florida to the present. For more information, contact 850-245-6400. Museum of Florida History, free.

The Knott House Museum Tour
Although, its history can be traced as far back as the Civil War when the Emancipation Proclamation was announced, the historic house is now restored to its early 20th-century appearance when the house was occupied by politician William Knott and his wife, Luella. Mrs. Knott composed verses about many of the items in her home and hosted social gatherings. For information about tours and special events, call 922-2459. Tours offered Wednesday-Friday, on the hour at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 p.m.; Saturday tours start at 10:00 a.m. and last tour starts at 3:00 p.m., free.


February 14, 2016

It Happened One Night
Share an afternoon with someone special at the Knott House Museum on Sunday, February 14. At 2:00 p.m., the film It Happened One Night (1934) will be shown in the intimate setting of the Knott House parlor. This screwball comedy starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert won five Academy Awards, including director Frank Capra’s first Oscar. Dr. Karen Bearor, associate professor of art history, Florida State University, will discuss the film and its place in cinema history. The $5 admission fee includes Valentine’s Day refreshments.


February 16, 2016

History at High Noon
History of Beach Racing Dan Smith and Suzanne Heddy, from the Ormond Beach Historical Society, will discuss the origins of beach racing and the Grand Hotel Ormond. Mr. Smith will introduce "The Stanley Steamer Rocket," and relate the details of early beach racing from 1903. Dan Smith, author of "The World's Greatest Beach - a History of Early Beach Land Speed Records," is a Board Member of the Ormond Beach Historical Society and the Motor Racing Heritage Association. Suzanne Heddy is the Executive Director of the Ormond Beach Historical Society and a Charter Member of the Motor Racing Heritage Association.


March 17, 2016

"Hoppin Rattle Snakes"
The Museum of Florida History presents a screening of the film "Hoppin' Rattlesnakes" which explores the history of stock car racing on Daytona Beach. The documentary is followed by a discussion with the film's director Eric Breitenbach and veteran female racer Vicki Wood.