Past Exhibit


February, 2015 to August, 2015   The Orange: A Florida Icon                  


  Ft Myers


The Useppa Island Historical Society and the Barbara Sumwalt Museum presents a special exhibit, “The Orange: A Florida Icon” from February 2015 to August 2015.


The story of the orange is so entwined in the Florida dream that this agricultural produce is considered part of the “natural” landscape. The orange blossom is Florida’s official state flower, the orange the official state fruit, and since 1998 the orange has served as the emblem on state license plates.


Our new exhibit chronicles the history of this iconic fruit beginning with the Spanish in colonial St. Augustine to present day, courtesy of the Florida Humanities Magazine’s magazine Forum, Dr. Gary Mormino, and the Florida State Archives, and on loan from the Museum of Florida History, a collection of 24 original orange crate labels that represent thousands used in Florida between the late 1800s and the 1960s.