Plant City Photo Archives & History Center received praise Monday evening, Nov. 26, at the Plant City City Commission meeting; City Manager Greg Horwedel commended the Photo Archives for its leadership role in presenting the Plant City Sculptures Exhibit in historic downtown Plant City on display May through August this summer. City Commissioners unanimously joined in the congratulations and commendations for the successful event.
This contest focuses on Fun and Creativity! Bring in your photo of you or your friends with one of the sculptures in this exhibit and be included in The Sculptures Photo Exhibit.
- The Contest is open from August 17th through 4pm September 5th, 2012
- You must bring in one or more photos printed in an 8×10 or 8 1/2 x 11 Size, and attach an entry form to each photo submitted.
- The Photos will be displayed in the Photo Archives through September.
- The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be determined by Popular Vote, so tell your family and friends to come in and cast a ballot for your photos! Be a Blue Ribbon Winner!
- You and your photo will be publicized in the newspaper, online, and in the Photo Archives Gallery!
- Then Contest Winners will be announced at the Plant City Photo Archives & History Center, 106 South Evers Street, at 5pm Friday, September 7th. (Refreshments present)
- Entry Forms and Ballots are available at the Photo Archives and History Center or download Photo Contest Entry Form. Call 813.754.1578 for information or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Maps Showing the location of the sculptures are available at the Photo Archives, the Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce, the Depot adjacent to McCall Park and online at PlantCityPhotoArchives.org
Sponsored by Hopewell Funeral HOme and Memorial Gardens
Free Blue Bell Ice Cream, Live Entertainment at Plant City Photo Archives
PLANT CITY, Fla. – June 20, 2012 –
In celebration of the “Journey Stories” Smithsonian exhibition at Plant City Photo Archives & History Center (PCPA), Blue Bell Ice Cream is hosting an old fashioned ice cream social Friday, June 29, from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. at PCPA. The public is invited to enjoy free Blue Bell Ice Cream, music and a bit of nostalgia.
Guests will feel like they are back in the 1940s, listening to the vocal harmonies of a barbershop quartet, while cooling off with the good old fashioned taste of Blue Bell Ice Cream. Before or after enjoying their ice cream treats, visitors can tour the Journey Stories exhibit chronicling American history. From colonial immigration to westward expansion to more modern city life, they will see photos and historical artifacts, and hear first-hand accounts from travelers, via “Journey Stories.”
The Ice Cream Social, as well as admission to Journey Stories, is all free. Exhibit is open through July 7, and hours are Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. PCPA is located at 106 South Evers Street, downtown Plant City.
Plant City Photo Archives & History Center
Smithsonian Institution and the Florida Humanities Council,
in conjunction with the traveling exhibition Journey Stories,
on exhibit at the Photo Archives from May 26 through July 7, 2012,
LOCAL AREA JOURNEY STORIES
Local Area Journey Stories Coordinator: Dr. Maribeth Mobley,
Committee Members include Anne Haywood, Gwen Thomas, Liesta Sykes,
Kara Lawson, and Sheryl Boggs, among others
Tuesday, June 19, 7:30 PM
Hillsborough Community College – Plant City Campus
Educational Partnership Center, (PEPC 139)
(Water and cookies are compliments of Hopewell Funeral Home and Toufayan Bakery)
7:00 PM Musical prelude by Suzanne Chandler, flutist
7:30 PM Program Introduction
Dr. Gary Mormino, University of South Florida History Professor on Florida’s social development – “Florida Dreams”
Jack Gibbs, local resident and realtor, on the journey story of the Gibbs family
Martha Sue Hawkins Skinner, local resident and pioneer family member, on her family’s story
Please feel free to enjoy the cookies and water prior to your driving home.
By DAVE NICHOLSON | The Tampa Tribune
Published: May 07, 2012
Updated: May 07, 2012 – 8:56 AM
Farrell Wood recalls a childhood when each day started with breakfast before daylight, family prayer and farming chores – all before the school bell rang.
The 72-year-old retiree, born in south central Georgia, moved to the Plant City area when he was a teenager. It was an era where many children walked to school and most farmers plowed with mules instead of tractors.
“It was the way of life for everybody,” the 1958 Pinecrest High School graduate said.
A written version of Wood’s memories, from birth in Hazelhurst, Ga., up through today, will be available at the Plant City Photo Archives and History Center when it hosts a traveling Smithsonian exhibit, Journey Stories. Dozens of people are being interviewed as the Photo Archives seeks to preserve their life stories for future generations.
The nonprofit wants interviews with folks from all walks of life.
“Everyone has a story to tell,” archives Executive Director Gil Gott said.
Wood was interviewed by his nephew, Brent Houston, who is in his freshman year at Hillsborough Community College. His instructor, Kara Lawson, asked students in her American history classes to interview two people each for the archives’ project.
Many students interviewed family members or friends. Houston, a 35-year-old former Marine, chose a retired school administrator and his uncle.
Houston spent more than an hour with Wood at his home in rural Lithia. Wood told Houston that he was the oldest of six children born to Ed and Jean Wood, who raised tobacco, cotton and other crops in Georgia. They moved to a Plant City area farm in 1955, where family crops included strawberries and vegetables.
The days started with breakfast before daylight, chores and family devotion before he was off to classes at Pinecrest High, where he played football and other sports.
Wood joined the Army National Guard in 1958, the same year he went to work for Agrico phosphate company, where he worked his way up to supervisor. He has attended Mulberry Church of God nearly his whole life. He and his wife of 36 years, Joyce, have two sons, Billy and Paul, and five grandchildren.
Since his 1998 retirement, he has stayed busy with church, his cattle operation and his grandchildren. He said he’s seen a lot of changes in Plant City, mostly related to more people moving to the area.
“Over the years the economy has grown and there are more opportunities. It’s always been a great place to live,” he said, listing close ties to family, friends and church as the factors in his love for the area.
In all, Lawson was expecting her students to turn in nearly 100 interviews, which are being recorded before being transcribed in written form for the Photo Archives.
Her students have talked to a range of people, from veterans of the war in Afghanistan to a black woman who helped integrate Plant City’s library in the 1960s, she said.
The students also interviewed Lawson, who has taught at the HCC Plant City campus for eight years, and her brother, Ken Lawson, a former federal prosecutor who was last year named secretary of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
Gott said many people in the community have heeded a call by the Photo Archives to submit their life stories, including Donald R. “Rob” Yoho, a retired Air Force colonel who told his family’s story through his middle-school aged son’s perspective.
The stories will be compiled into books available for visitors to read during the traveling Smithsonian exhibit, which will be on display from May 26 to July 7 at the archives, 106 S. Evers St.
The Photo Archives is also holding storytelling nights, where residents can tell their stories in front of an audience.
The remaining storytelling nights are Thursday at the Bing Rooming House and Museum, 205 S. Allen St.; and June 19 at Hillsborough Community College’s Plant City campus, 1206 N. Park Road. Both sessions start at 7:30 p.m.
For information, call (813) 754-1578 or email email@example.com.