Made With Love…

100 Years of Family Cooking

As the holiday season rolls around, plenty of us turn our minds to family time, relaxation, and FOOD. The Safety Harbor Museum & Cultural Center is no different! We are already thinking about holiday goodies and family recipes.

Hey, even if it doesn’t feel like fall, we can still enjoy the taste of it, right? RIGHT!

So, as we begin the process of digging out our old cook books and recipes, we have our eyes peeled for any we’d like to share. We welcome you to do the same!

As a matter of fact, we are currently accepting loans for our upcoming exhibit, Made With Love: 100 Years of Family Cooking. The exhibit will be on display at one of our new exhibit areas in Safety Harbor City Hall. It will showcase different cookware, recipes, and cookbooks from the last 100 years so, as you begin to plan your holiday meals, keep us in mind and ask yourself…Do you have any family heirlooms that revolve around food? Old recipes passed down from generation to generation? Cook books? A cast iron pan seasoned by decades of use? A wonderfully retro crockpot? If you’ve got it, we want to see it!

If you have questions, feel free to contact the museum at 727-724-1562 and ask for Lindsay.


*If you are looking for a new cookbook, check out our Taste of Safety Harbor. Take one home today for $7.00 from our Gift Shop!

Rethinking Columbus Day

Officially meant to celebrate the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas, Columbus Day has recently taken on new meaning. In a campaign first considered at the 1977 International Conference on Discrimination Against Indigenous Populations in the Americas, people across the United States have begun the fight to replace Columbus Day with a celebration of Native Americans. Enter Indigenous Peoples’ Day!

Many organizations and action groups have formed to promote the idea that Columbus’ “discovery” of the Americas and the subsequent European colonization resulted in the genocide of these indigenous peoples through the decisions of colonial (and later, national) powers.

1992 saw the creation of Berkeley’s “Day of Solidarity with Indigenous People” (later renamed “Indigenous Peoples’ Day”). This protest of the historical conquest of North America by European powers also called attention to the losses suffered by Native Americans and their cultures from disease, massacre, warfare, and forced assimilation into colonial cultures.

Since 1992, other local governments and institutions have followed suit by either renaming or cancelling Columbus Day. Berkeley is now joined in celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day by additional cities in California, Washington, Minnesota, Michigan, New York, Oklahoma, Alaska, Oregon, North Carolina, New Mexico, Maine, Colorado, Massachusetts, Arizona, Virginia, and West Virginia. A number of universities have even taken actions to celebrate in honor of indigenous people, including Minnesota State University-Mankato, University of Utah, and Brown University.

So, while many people commemorate Columbus Day with sales or, for some, the day off of work or school, others have chosen to rethink history and to shift the view towards our First Nations.

What do you think? Would you like to see Florida celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day?

If you would like to learn more about Florida’s indigenous peoples, come on in to the museum and take a look at our collection and exhibits on our native populations (including the Tocobaga who lived right here in Safety Harbor)!