The Florida in World War I project is a student run initiative that developed from a graduate-level course with Dr. Barbara Gannon. Over the course of two semesters, graduate students were tasked with completing a series of base-level readings about the United States and World War I, in addition to finding any source material on Florida’s role in the war. In Spring of 2016, Tyler Campbell, Kayla Campana, Michael Burke, Drew Fulcher, Jordan Sims, and Jason Delaney worked on the Florida in World War I website and Service Card database. The website seeks to become the definitive online resource for Florida in World War I, while the Service Card database will be a complete collection of soldier service cards based on the World War I Service Card Collection in Florida Memory.
Since the Spring of 2016 the project team has been reduced to four members, Tyler, Kayla, Mike and Drew, but it has steadily grown in influence. The Fall of 2016 saw Dr. Barbara Gannon’s History and Historians class contribute content to the website as well as the database. Furthermore, Dr. Amelia Lyons’s World Wars Undergraduate Course contributed content to the Service Card Database in the Spring of 2017. To Date, the website features wiki-style encyclopedia entries, the Service Card Database, Teaching Aids, additional resources (such as reading lists and collections of source material), and social media. As for the Service Card Database, over 7,000 of the 42,000 have been transcribed into the Database, with more to come.