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Viva Florida 500 is a statewide initiative led by the Florida Department of State, under the leadership of Governor Rick Scott, to highlight the 500 years of historic people, places and events in present-day Florida since the arrival of Juan Ponce de León to the land he named La Florida in 1513.

While Florida’s Native American heritage dates back more than 12,000 years, Spain’s claim in 1513 began a new era.  In 2013, Florida will mark 500 years of history and diverse cultural heritage – a claim no other state in America can make – and promote the place where the world’s cultures began to unite and transform into the great nation we know today as the United States of America.

Visit the official website for more information about state-wide programs.


Viva 500 Quilts on display

Library patrons made history – literally – by creating five quilts that celebrate Viva Florida 500 and Florida’s rich heritage and diverse cultural history.

Each quilt has 100 squares that were the creative talent of local residents from ages 6 to 80. Subjects range from flamingo pride to Ponce de Leon’s landing 500 years ago.

The quilts will be displayed during normal business hours at the following locations:

March 2013:

Deltona Library

April 2013:

Daytona Beach Library on City Island

May 2013:

Ormond Beach Library

July 2013:

Gaylord Palms Resort

September 2013:

Port Orange Library

October 2013:

New Smyrna Beach Library

November 2013:

DeLand Library

The Ultimate Field Trip

The Ultimate Field Trip dramatic production includes discovery, comedy, romance, and poignant scenes. It was written and directed by Volusia County Public Library employee, Karen Poulsen, and inspired by the Viva Florida 500 celebration. This trip through 500 years of Florida, begins in the early 1500’s and takes the audience on a journey through five centuries highlighting ten different legends of Florida.

The 36 characters, including heroes, heroines, pioneers, and even some notorious villains are played by a total of six actors: Chelsea Harrison, Erica Stuck, Donna Corporon, Barry Kite, Ryan McNally, and Larrie Tiffany. It is designed for traveling with a variety of costumes and props representing each time period.

This one-act play, running approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes, will be performed at several locations in Volusia County beginning January 31, 2013 at the Ormond Beach Regional Library with the final performance on February 28, 2013 at the Museum of Arts and Sciences. The play is also available to share with Viva Florida 500 partners who would like to do their own performance or a staged reading.

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 2 pm at the Ormond Beach Library.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 2 pm at the Deltona Library.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 2 pm at the Daytona Beach Library on City Island.

Monday, February 11, 2013 at 2 pm at the New Smyrna Beach Library.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 2 pm at Hopkins Hall.
(corner of Connecticut and Euclid Avenues, Lake Helen)

Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 2 pm at the DeBary Hall.
(210 Sunrise Blvd., DeBary)

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 2 pm at the Port Orange Library.

Friday, February 22, 2013 at 2 pm at the Edgewater Library.

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 2 pm at the Museum of Arts and Sciences.
(352 S. Nova Rd., Daytona Beach)

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