The role of art and expression
is one of the most defining characteristics of any culture.
It is through examination and study of these works of creativity,
one can see elements of a society that are not easily expressed
in any other form. Music is one of the most expressive forms
of art, and projects thoughts, experiences and feelings
that others may have never experienced. Florida’s
diverse musical history has ranged from the Native American
songs of the Seminoles and the Creeks to ballads of the
frontier and lumbermen, to the classical presentations of
opera and culture. In addition to songs about Florida, numerous
musicians wrote and produced music in Florida including
Stephen Foster and others. The Florida Heritage Collection
stives to provide works on the role of music in Florida's
culture and history.