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Museum studies grad students produce online exhibition for Smathers Libraries

The George A. Smathers Libraries have released a new online exhibition produced by UF museum studies graduate students that explores historic preservation in Florida. The exhibition is available online only at

Utilizing materials from the libraries’ architecture archives, “The Preservation Conversation” explores the conversation that occurred during three Herschel Shepard historic preservation projects in Florida: adaptive use of Government House in St. Augustine, reconstruction of Mission San Luis de Apalachee in Tallahassee and the ongoing restoration of Gamble Mansion in Ellenton.

Conversations about historic preservation address the best way to maintain the physical integrity and historical significance of a building, structure or site. Whether it involves restoring a plantation home, repurposing a former post office or reconstructing a council house from the 1600s, each site has unique requirements. Each project requires fresh eyes, as no two historic structures are exactly alike. They may interpret different periods in history, be constructed of different materials and have very different uses. Although the conversation about completing each of these historic preservation projects has differed, the goal to recognize and care for Florida's architectural heritage remains the same.

Museum studies graduate students Austin Bell, Renee Kiefer and Kim Tinnell curate “The Preservation Conversation” with guidance from Herschel Shepard, Cindy Peterson, John Nemmers and Professor Glenn Willumson.


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