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ATTENTION: As of 10/20/21, the RICHES family of sites are undergoing routine maintenance; access to our Mosaic Interface, Omeka, or related projects may be impacted during this time. Please remain patient; we have greater RICHES coming your way!

RICHES™ is an interdisciplinary digital project that partners with multiple academic units at the University of Central Florida, six other Florida universities, and commercial and nonprofit sectors of the community. The project has two goals: 1) to serve as a model for documenting regional history, especially “hidden” history and culture, through an interactive database that draws from multiple repositories and personal collections, and 2) to develop new digital tools for historians.

Check out UCF’s College of Arts and Humanities 2019 Spotlight, featuring RICHES!

See the RICHES Year in Review for the 10th Anniversary!

RICHES Mosaic Interface™
A central component of the project is the RICHES™ Mosaic Interface (RICHES™ MI), which is an interactive digital collection of Florida’s history. This free public tool offers a searchable database with access to images, documents, podcasts, oral histories, films, and visualizations. It combines time and geographical results with text analysis techniques to help users find hidden connections within the archive. Visit RICHES™ MI here.

New! Make it personal with the Bookbag tool
This new tool was created so that academic and community researchers using RICHES™ MI can save items of interest from their search results for future historical analysis. Once an item is saved into a personal Bookbag it will remain there so that the researcher can further analyze the item.

Public History Projects at the University of Central Florida
The Public History program at UCF links many projects under one initiative to promote the collection and preservation of Florida history. By facilitating research that records and presents the stories of communities, businesses, and institutions in Florida, RICHES seeks to provide the region with a deeper sense of its heritage. At the same time, the initiative connects students and faculty with the community and creates a foundation on which Floridians can build a better sense of their history. Check out some of our projects below!

Central Florida Podcasts and Documentaries | GLBT History Museum of Central Florida | UCF Community Veterans History Project

Recently-Added Collections

New Oral History Interviews: Georgetown

Twelve new oral history interviews conducted by UCF students at a history harvest at the Georgetown community of Sanford, Florida. https://www.youtube.com/user/RICHESMI/videos

November 3, 2022

New Additions to the Nelson and Company Collection

The company was originally founded by Steen Nelson and Gus Nelson and called Nelson Brothers. The company changed its name to Nelson and Company after it became a three-way partnership between the brothers and Benjamin Franklin Wheeler. In 1923, Wheeler became sole owner after buying out the company. The 80-acre historic district was incorporated in…

September 15, 2022

New Oral History Interview: Oviedo Plane Crash (1962)

On Saturday, March 6, 2021, a historical marker was unveiled honoring the crew of a 1962 plane crash in Oviedo. A Naval A3D Skywarrior Airplane based at the Sanford Naval Air Station would crash in the Oviedo area narrowly missing a school ground full of children. The pilot, Lt. Charles Hodgate, was credited with navigating…

July 7, 2022