Students win prizes in photo contest

Published: May 18, 2011

The Plant City Photo Archives and History Center recently honored local students for their winning entries in the annual photojournalism contest.

Winners and their prizes were: Connor Thomas, first place, $100; Skylar Smith, second place, $75; Anthony Bolesta, third place, $50; and Maegan Calkins, Diana Corzine and Spencer Vandesande, honorable mentions, $25.

The contest drew 20 entrants who submitted photographs and stories about those entries. The contest, open to Plant City High School students, was coordinated by school College and Career Counselor Sherrie Mueller. The competition was sponsored by E. Snow Martin and Linda Greenfield, of Martin and Greenfield Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, in Tampa and Plant City.

The judges included a Hillsborough Community College faculty member and members of the archives’ Advisory Council.


Intern joins staff at archives



Published: May 15, 2011

PLANT CITY – University of South Florida graduate student Sarah T. Roy has joined the staff of Plant City Photo Archives and History Center as an intern.

Roy, who is in the USF master’s program in Library and Information Science, is also studying archival methodology and museum management.

Roy, who has a strong interest in history, will be working in the history center organizing the research library.

A Cum Laude graduate of the University of Florida, Roy holds a bachelor of arts in English. She also worked in various capacities at Follett Higher Education Group on campuses in Florida and Utah.

Photo archives and history center Executive Director Gil Gott said Roy’s internship is flexible and that she will be working about 12 hours per week; the program is expected to last for approximately one year. She is currently working on the papers of Panky Snow, a retired reporter who worked for The Tampa Tribune and Plant City Courier & Tribune.

Among other duties, Roy will be working on several programs the archives and history center is developing to tell the story of Henry Bradley Plant and the impact of his railroad and steamship enterprises. Plant City was named in the railroad magnate’s honor.

The photo archives was organized in 2000 and added the history center in 2010. Its collection includes thousands of photographs and historical documents.

Its offices, exhibit gallery and history center are at 106 S. Evers St. The gallery and library are open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.



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Plant City Photo Archives and History Center Selected to Host Smithsonian Institution Exhibition, Journey Stories.

Plant City Photo Archives and History Center Selected to Host Smithsonian Institution Exhibition, Journey Stories.

The Florida Humanities Council has selected Plant City Photo Archives and History Center to host the Smithsonian’s Journey Stories exhibit. Journey Stories will tour six small communities in Florida from May 2012 through March 2013, beginning with its opening at the Plant City Photo Archives and History Center where the exhibit will be on display from May 26 through July 7, 2012.


Journey Stories

A traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution
Arriving in Florida May 2012

Journey Stories is a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution’s “Museum on Main Street” (MoMS) program focusing on the roles immigration, migration, innovation, and freedom have played in building American Society.

Funded in part by the United States Congress, Museum on Main Street (MoMS) combines the talents of the Smithsonian Institution, the state humanities councils, and cultural organizations to bring national and local heritage to small and rural communities across the United States. As communities host MoMS exhibits, they provide enriching educational experiences for residents and visitors. They bring recognition to their communities and attract increased visitation. In addition, hosting MoMS exhibits strengthens the institutional capacity of small and volunteer-run organizations.