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The Cedar Key Historical Society announced that it has been selected to host Museums on Main Street (MoMS), which will be taking place from September through October, 2014. Funded in part by the United States Congress, MoMS combines the talents of the Smithsonian Institution, the state humanities councils and local organizations to bring national and local heritage to small communities across the United States.
The physical exhibit, which is titled, "The Way We Worked," explores how work became a central element in American culture by tracing the many changes that affected the workforce and work environments over the past 150 years. The exhibit will be located on the second floor of the Cedar Key Public Library and will be open to the public free of charge.
During this event, the Historical Society plans to showcase the history of the Cedar Key community by offering a public program consisting of weekly tours and presentations led by our local citizenry. The event will be kicked off with a reception at the CKHS Museum, co-hosted by the Cedar Key Aquaculture Association.
During the first week of the program, Pam Darty, park ranger with the USFWS Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge, will be conducting tours of Shell Mound, a large prehistoric Indian mound on the mainland, just off the Cedar Keys.
During the second week, Toni Collins, local historian, author and storyteller, will provide a unique historic perspective of our offshore keys. Dressed in period costume, she will also lead a tour of the Cedar Keys Light Station.
In the weeks to follow, there will be local tours offered by the CKHS, as well as a one-man show featuring Bill Roberts, local fishing guide and renowned painter, sponsored by the Cedar Key Arts Center. Leslie Sturmer, UF shellfish aquaculture specialist, will introduce our clam farming industry with talks and tours of our local facilities. These are just a few of the exciting events planned for this fall.
“We are certain that this program, with its national exposure, will bring recognition to our rich history, but will also attract increased visitation on a significant scale,” said Ken Young, president of the Cedar Key Historical Society. “Also, This event will need volunteers from our community to help monitor the exhibit. We are asking for anyone that can help.”
Anyone interested in volunteering, please contact Ken Young at 352-543-9602.