Visit from Secretary Laurel Lee, Florida Department of State

Secretary Laurel Lee, Florida Department of State

Secretary Laurel Lee, Florida Department of State, visited the John Gilmore Riley Center/Museum and the adjacent Smokey Hollow Village Park in Tallahassee, Florida on Monday, June 3, 2019. She was given a tour of both properties by Founder, Althemese Barnes.
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September 20, 2019

Upcoming publication and exhibit: “Uncrowned Queens-Matriarchs of Courage”  will debut on September 20th in conjunction with our Annual Membership Reception


September 20, 2019

“Bringing it Home-Historic Smokey Hollow Reunion and Festival”  to be held on September 20th in conjunction with the Uncrowned Queen exhibit debut and the Annual Membership Reception.

Calling all Smokey Hollow former residents.

Florida on a Tankful: 5 Things to Know About the Riley House Museum

Source: Spectrum News 13

By Caitlin Wilson

TALLASHASSEE, Fla. — Nestled in the heart of Tallahassee sits the historic home of notable African-American figure John G. Riley. Now, you can see his home as a cultural center.

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5 Things to Know About the Riley House Museum

IMLS Town and Gown Stabilization Project Documents

OBJECTIVE OF IMLS GRANT:  To create a collaboration of higher education and a community-based museum to explore the possibilities, opportunities and challenges of creating strategic alliances between the academic and community-based museum world as a measure to build capacity, enhance sustainability and address the goal of Creating a Nation of Learners.

Listed below are the supporting documents:


*Step On Guided Tours Pricing Change*

For years African American communities have established a distinctive presence in areas throughout Florida. The well known contributions as well as untold stories of struggle and triumph are woven into a rich and colorful historical tapestry. Amidst these stories are the Landmarks and Legacies that define and describe significant aspects of Florida’s cultural heritage, thereby presenting tour participants with a real-life cultural immersion experience

Possible sites included on the step-on guided tour include:

The Riley House Museum
The Union Bank Building
The Old Capitol Building
The Historic Frenchtown Community
Old Lincoln High School
Florida A&M University
Meek-Eaton Black Archives
The Knott House Museum

Tour guides are now available at a rate of $100.00/per hour. Average tours are approximately 2-4 hours in length and can be customized to meet your unique scheduling needs. The fee only covers the cost of the tour guide; groups are responsible for securing their own transportation. Fee does not cover admission fees for individual historic sites.

To schedule a group tour, please click here.