The Florence Museum evolved from the Blue Bird Tea Room, which was formed by the Florence Chapter of the National League for Women’s Services during World War I, which met in the old Florence Public Library building on the corner of Irby St and Pine St. The tea room was operated to raise money for the Red Cross and other war related work. The popular tea room and canteen for soldiers continued to operate for about three years after the war, with funds being used to support local worthy causes. When the organization ceased to be active, the remaining funds were turned over to the Blue Bird Tea Room Committee. These funds were ultimately used by Miss Jane Beverly Evans, a Florence native, for the first acquisition of the museum, a surplus of post-Spanish Indian pottery obtained from a museum in Sante Fe, New Mexico.