Local History

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The Safety Harbor Historical Collections contains hundreds of items relating to Safety Harbor history including newspapers, photos, publications, and postcards. The Safety Harbor Herald Newspaper Collection contains over 1,500 scanned, full-text searchable issues of the Safety Harbor Herald ranging from 1919 through 1989. The Safety Harbor Public Library digitized the Safety Harbor Herald in 2017 through the generous support of the Chrissie Shull Elmore Safety Harbor Library Fund. 

Florida Stories

The Florida Stories: Safety Harbor Walking Tour is a free App designed to be downloaded to a smart phone or tablet. The App will take you on a narrated, self-guided tour at your own pace and on your own schedule. Each walking tour is GPS enabled and includes audio narration and photos providing you with engaging content at each tour stop. The app is available for Android devices on the Google Play Store or for Apple devices at the Apple App Store.

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Pinellas Memory is an online collection of Pinellas County's unique and fascinating history, much of which is retained locally in area archives, libraries, and museums. The following libraries are contributors to Pinellas Memory:

  • Clearwater Public Library System
  • Dunedin Public Library
  • Largo Public Library
  • Safety Harbor Public Library
  • St. Pete Beach Public Library
  • Tarpon Springs Public Library

Contributing libraries are engaged in an ongoing process of increasing public access to full text newspaper articles, archival photographs, and other digitized historical media contained in the libraries’ collections. New material is added on an ongoing basis. You are invited to browse each library’s collection individually, or search the entire collection by keyword.

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The Safety Harbor Museum and Cultural Center uses its valuable collection to illustrate and educate its visitors about the history of the Tampa Bay region from Paleo times to the 20th Century. The Museum is located at 329 Bayshore Boulevard South, Safety Harbor, Florida. The museum is open Thursdays - Sundays from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.  

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Safety Harbor Stories is a project that aims to collect the history of our city through stories told by former and current Safety Harbor residents. We hope to have an archive that we will be able to share with future generations to remind them of where our city came from and how it got to where it is today. By collecting these stories, we are building bonds with past and current residents through shared memories, family connections, and the pride that each person feels by being apart of our community.

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Florida Memory, from the Florida Department of State's Division of Library and Information Services, provides access to thousands of documents, photographs, films and audio recordings from the collections of the State Library and Archives of Florida. It contains photographs and documents related to almost every city, town or county in Florida, from Alachua to Zephyrhills. 

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The Archives and Library at Heritage Village is Pinellas County's principal resource center for the collection, conservation, and study of the history of Pinellas County. The library features a collection of over 3,500 volumes dealing with topics ranging from Pinellas County and Florida history to genealogy and historic conservation and preservation as well as a collection of over 8,500 photographs of Pinellas County.

Safety Harbor Herald Editions

The Archives and Library have the Safety Harbor Herald in the following years:

  • Microfilm: June 22, 1917 - November 17, 1977 (16 rolls)
  • Print Volumes: 1935 - 1941 (six volumes), 1949 -1953 (4 volumes)
  • Boxed:
    • 1917 to December 1920
    • 1921 to 1924
    • 1927 to 1928
    • 1929 to 1932
    • 1932 to 1935
    • May 1942 to December 1945
    • January 1946 - December 1950

Call 727-582-2128 to make an appointment for research. The Archives are located at 11909 125th Street North, Largo, Florida 33774.