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Viva Florida 500

posted Feb 16, 2013, 10:02 AM by Oakland Park Historical Society

What is Viva Florida 500?

In 1513, Juan Ponce de León landed on East Coast of Florida. In 2013, Florida reached a significant milestone, the 500th anniversary of Juan Ponce de León's arrival on Florida's east coast. What makes this anniversary so unique is that Ponce de León's convoy of explorers was the first group of Europeans to document such a landing and give a name to Florida—La Florida.

The Florida Department of State's Division of Library and Information Services has launched a project in honor of Florida's 500 year anniversary- the 2013 Viva Florida 500 commemoration. Viva Florida 500 is a once-in-our-lifetime opportunity to reposition and expand the perception of Florida by highlighting 500 years of history and unmatched cultural diversity – a claim no other state can make. Each city & County library around the state has been provided with a time capsule as a part of the project.

Time capsules are for the future generation to learn about the past. The Oakland Park Library and Historical Society have partnered to make our Time Capsule representative of Oakland Park for future generations. Heidi Burnett has the capsule, which will be revealed at the February 20th City Commission meeing and on display at the Oakland Park Library – that’s all the space we have.

We invite everyone in Oakland Park to submit items you believe should be included. Items will be accepted at the Oakland Park Library, during Library Hours, until June 24th. On the City’s 84th birthday, Monday, July 1st, from 6 – 8 pm, everyone is invited to join us to celebrate the city’s birthday, and make final selections of the proposed items for inclusion in the Time Capsule.

Refreshments will be served!