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125 Years of Florida Public Health
Opening Reception
September 30, 2014
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

A Public Health Nurse instructs children about
dental hygiene in a Tampa school. (ca. 1944)
Image Courtesy of the State Archives of Florida.

In the summer and fall of 1888, fever, chills, and hysteria filled the Jacksonville, Florida community.  Neighbors, children, and parents were becoming sick, and many died from an ugly disease — yellow fever.  In response to the yellow fever outbreak, Florida Governor Francis P. Fleming called a special session of the Legislature in February 1889 to establish a Public Health agency.  On February 20, 1889, the Florida Legislature voted to create the State Board of Health, and the appointment of Florida's first State Health Officer Dr. Joseph Yates Porter soon followed. Florida's new Public Health agency helped to eradicate disease, make the state a healthier place to live and vacation, and strengthen the economy.  Today's Department of Health continues to focus on the mission that the State Board of Health strived to fulfill — to protect and improve the health of all Floridians.

The Florida Historic Capitol Museum invites you to join us for the 125 Years of Florida Public Health Exhibit Opening Reception on September 30, 2014, and be among the first to examine an engaging collection of objects, personal stories, historical photographs and more!  From women's and children's health to environmental health and emergency preparedness and response, this exhibit showcases the remarkable 125-year journey of Public Health in Florida. 

Doors are open from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with the State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health presenting at 6:00 p.m. in the Historic Senate Chamber.  Museum Members are invited to a special Member Only Preview from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Thank You to Our Event Sponsors

The Florida Historic Capitol Foundation, as the Direct Support Organization for the Museum, extends its deepest appreciation to the following Sponsors for their support and efforts in making this event possible:

Florida Blue Capital Health Plan
Florida Dental Association
Capital Medical Society Whole Foods Market
Florida Historic Capitol Museum Logo

Museum Hours

Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sundays and Holidays
Noon - 4:30 p.m.

Closed Thanksgiving Day
and Christmas Day

Free Admission
(donations appreciated)