St. Pete history museum calls for artifacts that document local African American and LGBTQIA+ experiences

The 99-year-old museum is the keeper of the city archives.

click to enlarge The St. Petersburg Museum of History is the keeper of the city’s archives with thousands of historical items kept safe. - cityofstpete/Flickr
The St. Petersburg Museum of History is the keeper of the city’s archives with thousands of historical items kept safe.

The St. Petersburg Museum of History is looking for photographs, objects, documents and stories “that share the African American and LGBTQIA+ experiences from St. Petersburg.”

"We are able to create exhibits and share the stories of our past because of the fascinating items donated to the Museum over the years," Executive Director Rui Farias wrote in a press release. "Whether it's an old photograph, a cherished keepsake from a past hotel or attraction, or a love letter, those items help us dig deeper into our unique history."

"We've discovered that families have these items passed down from generation to generation and don't know what to do with them,” Farias said. So if you have something that has been collecting dust, think about donating. 

Your items will be in safe hands. The 99-year-old museum, located at 335 2nd Ave. NE, is the keeper of the city’s archives with thousands of historical items kept safe. 

And if you don’t have anything physical to give, community members’ oral histories—past and present—are recorded and saved in the archives. 

To donate items, or to share a story, contact Jessy Breckenridge at (727) 894-1052, ext. 203 or email her at [email protected].

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