Santa Rosa Historical Society 

Santa Rosa County History Month

Month of July Membership Historical Presentations (open to the Public)


July 9, 2017        3 PM Presentation

Raymond Melvin will speak on Turpentining, Logging, and Deadheading in Santa Rosa County. His family lived for generations on what was at one time Choctawhatchee National Forest (now Eglin Air Force Base) in Santa Rosa County.  Mr. Melvin has a model scale turpentine mill and many artifacts that will be available for viewing.  He also has as large collection of Milton bottles from the heyday of bottling in downtown Milton area.

July 16, 2017        2 PM Presentation

Dr. Brian Rucker, Santa Rosa County Historian on his most recent book, Mine Eyes Have Seen:  Firsthand Reminiscences of the Civil War in West Florida.  The author will be discussing the origin of this latest book project and some of the interesting firsthand recollections he was able to unearth in researching these accounts of old veterans/participants recalling their experiences during the Civil War in the West Florida region.  Dr. Rucker is a seventh generation Santa Rosa who received his Ph.D. from FSU.  He teaches history at Pensacola State College and also at the University of West Florida and this year is the President of the Gulf South Historical Association.

July 23, 2017          2 PM Presentation

Sharon Marsh will be speaking on her book, 1st Florida Calvary Union Volunteers in the Civil War and will focus on some of the continuing impacts on Milton and Bagdad during the war.  The 1st Florida Calvary Union Volunteers were a regiment of Southern men who fought for the Union in Pensacola and the panhandle.  Ms. Marsh is a descendant of several northwest Florida pioneers on her mother’s side of the family and early panhandle arrivals to the new state of Florida on her Dad’s side.

July 30, 2017         2 PM start

Share Day in the Museum of Local History and Parlor at the Imogene Theatre on Santa Rosa County History, Memories, Articles, and Photos.  Museum to be open from 2 to 5 PM.