Florida History in Motion


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ounded in 1984, the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives houses over 35,000 hours of video tape and 23 million feet of film. A local television news collection dates to the late 1940s, with footage from landmark television station WTVJ (first in Florida, 18th in the nation) as well as WPLG, WCKT, WCIX, and WINK. A television documentaries collection covers the topics of immigration, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Space Program, presidential elections, and many more global events and trends that have played out on the Florida stage. Finally, home movie holdings of over 3000 reels dating to the 1910s bring long-gone buildings, attractions, and folkways alive for new generations. Read More Here

Happy Birthday, Morris Lapidus!
NOV 25 2014

Happy Birthday, Morris Lapidus!

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Happy Birthday to the man who gave us woggles, bean poles and cheese holes….And a thrilling vision of what life in South Florida could be like, architect Morris Lapidus! In this 1990 profile for WTVJ’s Montage, Lapidus shares stories from his career and strolls through a few of his more notable Miami Beach hotels.

Rewind: Florida at the World’s Fair
JUN 05 2014

Rewind: Florida at the World’s Fair

Videos

On Rewind, our television show, host Kevin Wynn presents a 1964 documentary by WTVJ titled “FYI: Florida at the World’s Fair.” This program is produced by MDC-TV and the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Archives. It is also made possible in part with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs…

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Bunny Yeager, 1929-2014
MAY 30 2014

Bunny Yeager, 1929-2014

Videos

1965: Bunny Yeager, Working Mom Legendary South Florida photographer Bunny Yeager passed away on Sunday, May 25. For years she was best known for her photographs of pinup queen Bettie Page, but with exhibitions of her work at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh in 2010 and at Fort Lauderdale’s Museum of Art last year,…

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MAY 21 2014

Shakespeare and Snacks

Events

Our “Shakespeare and Snacks” Summer Film Festival is of to a great start!  Here’s a photo album with shots of staff drumming up business in period garb, and a great turnout!

Tracking Metrorail’s First Day
MAY 20 2014

Tracking Metrorail’s First Day

Videos

1984: A Zoom With a View May 21, 1984 was the first “revenue day” for Metrorail — the day Dade County’s gleaming, modernistic elevated train welcomed paying passengers. The single Metrorail line extended only as far north as the Overtown station — further north the line was still under construction. But from Kendall commuters there…

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Another Arena, Another Time
MAY 20 2014

Another Arena, Another Time

Videos

As soccer megastar David Beckham announces plans for a Miami soccer team — and a bayside stadium to go with it, we thought it would be interesting to look back on another arena by the bay, the American Airlines Arena. This 1997 footage includes aerial shots of the Arena site and surrounding downtown, a pro-Arena…

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1958: Miami’s Buses Desegregate
APR 29 2014

1958: Miami’s Buses Desegregate

Videos

This clip records a moment of triumph for Reverend Theodore R. Gibson, the Miami civil rights activist born on April 24, 1915 — the desegregation of Miami’s city buses in April 1958. Born to Bahamian immigrant parents in Miami, Reverend Gibson devoted his life to the advancement of civil rights in Miami, and fought to…

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