Stuart Moulthrop visits the RICHES Project on April 17, 2018. T&T faculty member Connie Lester (also of UCF’s History Department) leads the RICHES project: 

RICHES is an umbrella program housing interdisciplinary public history projects that bring together different departments at UCF with profit and non-profit sectors of the community. Florida has often been associated with large-scale, commercial tourism and housing development. While those aspects of Florida are important to the economic growth, much of its history has remained unnoticed and under researched.

Image shows results list on the left and details about the focus item on the right with connections at the bottom half of the right screen.
RICHES Mosaic Interface showing details of a focus record with map and connections.

RICHES Mosaic Interface™
RICHES MI is an interactive digital collection of Florida’s history. This FREE 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 you find hidden connections within the archive.

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 the UCF students and faculty with the community and creates a foundation on which Floridians can build a better sense of their history.