Micanopy Historical Society dedicates its Archives Building
Published: Thursday, May 1, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 30, 2003 at 10:45 p.m.
A large crowd was on hand recently for the long-awaited opening of the Archives Building of the Micanopy Historical Society.
Among those attending were historians, led by Roy Hunt of the National Historic Landmarks Commission, and others active in historic preservations and descendants of early settlers.
The building will make early records, documents, maps, photographs and family histories available to researchers.
The invocation was given by the Rev. Les Singleton, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of "America the Beautiful" by the Choristers of Micanopy Area Cooperative School.
Mimi Carr, president of the historical society, welcomed the group gathered under the shade trees, particularly the descendants of former residents who had made the trip "back home."
A special poem about growing up in Micanopy was read by Margaret Rosenberger, herself a descendent of a family that has lived here for several generations.
This was followed by the singing of "The Peace Song" by the Choristers.
Diana Cohen, archivist for the historical society, spoke of the collections of records and memorabilia growing through the years. It was first housed in the local museum, then the branch library, and most recently at the University of Florida library.
A need for a permanent home here was finally realized through fund-raising efforts of the society, which was matched by a grant from the Felburn Foundation.
The building itself is of Cracker architecture, which fits in with its companion structures - two warehouses built in the 1890s, one of which houses the society's museum of natural history.
The building was officially dedicated by Town Commissioner Carson Roberts, who presented Cohen with a box of old records of the town. The ribbon was cut by Ellie Schiller, representative of the Felburn Foundation.
Along with Cohen, the committee which oversaw the planning and construction of the building included Barbara Fearney, John and Eleanore Thrasher and Jean Stream.
The Choristers from MACS were fifth graders Glen Robinson and Lee Staley and third graders Katherine Robinson and Caroline Lesousky. Their leader was Brenda Cooper-Derry, a MACS instructor.
Lunch was served to the attendees, coordinated by Dede Desforges and Eleanore Thrasher.
Micanopy supports its service personnel
More yellow ribbons in support of U.S. troops serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom are being seen tied to gate posts, trees and shop windows in the Micanopy area.
Local servicemen with the operation include Pfc. Colin Williams, Pfc. Caleb Hampton, Peter Durbin and Kenneth Sherman with the Army; Marines David Strobles and Stanley Ennis Strobles Jr.; and Justin Thomas with the Navy.
Their addresses are available at Town Hall.
Carmen Smyth can be reached at 466-4057.
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