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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

Exhibit Phase II: Expanding and Contracting Voting Rights

Phase II of our Voting Rights & Voter Suppression exhibit is now open! Visit the link below for Expanding and Contracting Voting Rights:

October 28, 2021

New Exhibit: Voter Rights & Voter Suppression

RICHES has opened Voter Rights & Voter Suppression: Florida’s Century of Struggle, 1920-2020 as the first phase of a 3-part series in the Bending Toward Justice Digital Exhibit (#BTJUCF). Explore the initial exhibit here:

July 8, 2021

New Exhibit: The Women of Weeki Wachee Springs

Thanks to the Florida Humanities Council, Rebecca Schwandt, the Friends of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, and RICHES were able to collect oral histories from former Weeki Wacheee Springs mermaids and digitize their artifacts. The following exhibit features a selection of those artifacts, quotes from oral histories, and a history of the roadside attraction Weeki…

May 23, 2021