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December 3, 2018 - March 10, 2019
On the Steps of History: Florida’s Inauguration
Room 108

Florida’s next inaugural ceremony will take place on the Florida Historic Capitol Museum’s “steps of history” on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in January – January 8, 2019. In honor of this exciting time for our state, join us as we explore the significant moments of this important political tradition. Artifacts, photographs, and film footage from private and public collections will showcase the pomp and prestige of Florida’s historic inaugurations.


December 3, 2018
Annual Members Reception/On the Steps of History: Florida’s Inauguration Exhibit Opening
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

All museum members are invited to this private opening of the newest exhibit Inaugurations while also enjoying a festive evening to celebrate our supporters who make it all possible! This year our annual event is inspired by the fun and formal celebrations that accompany the serious business of swearing in our elected officials. Wear your finest attire and pose for your historic inauguration exhibit photographs in the special event photo booth. This first-look at the exhibition will be one of the most sought after tickets in Tallahassee! It isn’t who you know for this hot ticket event; rather, it is who you support. Join the Historic Capitol Museum and elect to support civic education and programming in your community.

December 8, 2018
Inaugural Brunch & Learn: Dressed to Impress
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Shakespeare wrote that “all the world’s a stage, and all the men and women are merely players.” When the stage is the world of politics, clothing - or costume – choices can communicate complicated messages to those paying attention. In this unique brunch and learn runway event, Howard Vincent Kurtz, George Mason University Professor Emeritus of Theater and former Associate Curator of Costumes and Textiles at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens in Washington D.C., will discuss dressing for political events using live fashion models styled by local experts, Juli Downs, Manager at Narcissus and Marvin Boatman, CEO at AnotherBoatmanCreation.

This program is supported in part by the Florida Humanities Council and complements the temporary exhibit On the Steps of History: Florida’s Inaugurations, which will be open for viewing throughout the event

January 5, 2019
Brunch & Learn: The History of Inauguration Day
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Countdown to inauguration day with us at the Historic Capitol Museum as we host an inaugural brunch and learn event. The history of inaugural lunches and balls will be the topic presented by Florida State University Professor Emeritus and Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Elizabeth Goldsmith. With her first-hand White House experience, Dr. Goldsmith captivates audiences world-wide with her insight into the traditions, foods, and behaviors seen at Presidential and Gubernatorial inaugurations through time. Find out what Floridians may expect to see on January 8th while enjoying some flavors of inaugurations past.

This program is part of the series complementing temporary exhibit On the Steps of History: Florida’s Inaugurations. Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities

January 17, 2019
Trivia Night at the Museum: Inaugurations
6:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

This night of trivia will test your wits on all things related to inaugurations: the ceremony, the food, the participants, and more! Are you an expert in attire? Do you know which fork to use for formal occasions? Have you been to every inauguration since the 1950s? If you can answer yes to all of these questions, we should just give you the trophy now!

Come prepared to have fun and share in this special edition celebrating Florida’s grandest party. Snacks from Social Catering and Events and beverages provided. Prizes awarded at the end of the night.

Registration fee is $20/team, max members per team is 4. Advance registration is required. Individual entry is $5.