Blanche Is Nearly Empty

We keep going by the Blanche at least once a week and, generally, you might not be able to see the progress that they are making. When you look through the windows you see almost all the way through from front to back and side to side it has been demolished, so to speak, all the way through. It looks Read More …

Obstacles to Researching Old Places and Times

Obstacles to researching old places and times can be very challenging. My fellow writers and researchers trying to piece together activities that happened over 100 years again is a pain. I’m just happy I’m not trying to research something older. There are very few papers, pictures or even people around old enough to help out on the subject. That is Read More …

News From 1903

Below are the highlights throughout the year that we thought you might find interesting. We have updated the Hotel Registry Book, the Blanche Employee roster and will create flyers that you can download for some of the notable parties that were held at the Blanche throughout the year. Dr. Goldstein, eye specialist from Kentucky will see patients in the Blanche Read More …

Postponing Personal Interviews

We are going to have to postpone the personal interviews for at least a week or two. Although I haven’t gotten any responses yet from anyone volunteering to go first we need time to get approval from the head librarian before we can set up an Event on the Facebook page. Once we do get approved we will bring our Read More …

Hotel Blanche Adaptive Use Proposal 1977

Thanks to the friendly people on the Facebook group, “You Know You’re From Lake City When”, who added a very informative document from the University of Florida Historical Documents website all in one file. The report was created in 1976-77 and much of what was put into the Historical Building Application with the Department of Interior came from this report. Read More …

News From 1902

We have a few more tidbits and articles in the 1902 editions of both newspapers and couple of out-of-town references to the Hotel in articles written about the great Florida State Fair that happened the second week in November. I wonder if that is where Columbia County got their current Fair Grounds from? The townspeople did have to prepare an Read More …

Info From 1901

As we stated earlier we have made it through only 2 years worth of old newspapers and have found a few facts to add to our timeline as well as some other interesting information and some downright dull references here and there. It looks like the papers had someone sitting downtown just making note of people coming and going. And Read More …

Gearing Up for Interviews

We hope to begin interviewing people the 1st or 2nd week in March. We have a generic release form that we need each of our interviewees to sign and agree to be videoed. I have a very nice DSLR camera and tripod and a scanner/printer that we will be setting up in one of the meeting rooms at the Columbia Read More …

Made It Through 2 Years of Newspapers

I have finally made it through two whole years of newspapers online and at the microfilm machine at the Florida Gateway College Library. I have a standing appointment 4 days a week for the next three weeks for 2 hours a day to try and get through as many reels of microfilm as quickly as I can. It is much Read More …

Experience with Microfilms

Today was my first day researching at the Florida Gateway College Library looking through the microfilms for the back issues of the Lake City Reporter newspapers. Whoa! Took almost an hour to get comfortable with loading the machine, figuring out how the software works and then having to scan every page for references to the Hotel Blanche.

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