RICHES has a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with each of the listed Formal Partners.
The Florida High Tech Corridor Council has partnered with RICHES to research and write a retrospective anniversary history of the Florida High Tech Corridor Council to be published as articles in a special edition of the Florida High Tech Corridor Council's online e-magazine as well as a limited print run of the publication.
The Sanford Museum has partnered with RICHES to work cooperatively on locating sources within the Sanford Museum for inclusion in the Building Blocks project and the Central Florida Mosaic Interface.
The Museum of Seminole County History has partnered with RICHES to work cooperatively on locating oral histories and sources within the Museum of Seminole County History for inclusion in the Building Blocks project and the Central Florida Mosaic Interface.
The University of West Florida Next Exit History™ has partnered with RICHES to work cooperatively on adding content on Central Florida to the current University of West Florida Next Exit History™ database and including this content in the Central Florida Mosaic Interface.
Florida is a state with a long and rich history of the Civil Rights Movement. Unlike other states such as Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee, Florida does not have a Civil Rights Museum or book chronicling this past. The Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Cultural Complex, which is a public park and community center in Mims Florida, admirably serves that function. It hosts a replica home of the Moores who were pioneering civil rights leaders, as well as a museum. Although the Moore Complex already has a museum dedicated to Florida's Civil Rights Movement history, the panels and artifacts cannot travel due to their size and value as loaned gifts from local families and institutions. As such, a traveling exhibit could be sent out to local libraries, schools, and community organizations.
In 2011, Dr. Cassanello taught a graduate course title "Introduction to Public History." Students from the course and the Moore Complex all collaborated on the content of the traveling exhibit and design. The traveling exhibit will feature the spirit of the Complex's own permanent exhibit, which features a timeline of Civil Rights events starting in 1865 and ending in 1965 with the passage of the Voting Rights Act. Although the Complex is committed to the story of the Moores, we are interested in placing their lives and activities within a broader context of this one hundred year history so visitors can understand the decades long events leading up to their organizing and the thriving movement that following their tragic murders. The exhibit will integrate the Florida story alongside the national story of the Civil Rights Movement on a linear exhibit installation. The exhibit will run from 2011-2013.
Those interested in the traveling exhibit can contact Robert Cassanello, Ph. D. Robert.Cassanello@ucf.edu.
The Public History Center, located in Sanford, FL, is a one-stop resource for learning from the past, creating exciting community projects and bringing personal history to life. There are many exhibits focused on the region's history. It serves as a cultural community hub, where people can gather and collaborate with their fellow neighbors, friends, and relatives, to participate in hands-on workshops and develop innovative projects that serve the interest of the local community.
The Archives for the Middle District of Florida Historical Society is continuing to expand. This past June, the Archives acquired most of Judge Alexander Paskay's chamber materials and other archival items from the courthouse in Tampa. Since then, consulting archivist and RICHES staff member Katie Marra has accessioned and processed the "Alexander Paskay Collection, 1940-2011." The collection highlights the evolution of federal bankruptcy law and Judge Paskay's influence as a bankruptcy judge for the Middle District of Florida. Materials include papers, photographs, ephemera, and framed items. The Archives for the Middle District of Florida Historical Society is accepting donated materials related to the Middle District of Florida and the federal district court's impact on the State of Florida. The Archives is still a relatively new repository and specific collections are in need of more archival records.
Those interested in making a donation can contact Katie Marra, Katherine.Marra@ucf.edu.
The stories of the Apopka farm workers are relevant to understanding the complex agricultural economic system through which we acquire food. These stories are housed in the Apopka Hope CommUnity Center (HCC), which contains materials from the early 1970s through the present day that are related to the work and activism of three nuns, Sr. Ann Kendrick, Sr. Gail Grimes, and Sr. Cathy Gorman (deceased), to better the lives of migrant farm workers in the city of Apopka and surrounding areas.
RICHES and the Apopka HCC are partnering to properly preserve and archive these materials for the memory of the Apopka farm worker community and the nuns who helped organize the workers as part of the history and memory of Central Florida, and for the use of present and future generations of researchers. The collection is a vital asset to the organization, the local community, and historical research because it preserves the memory of a group of under-served people while conveying the political, economic, and social strife migrant farm workers faced in Central Florida from the 1970s to the present.
All of the materials have been processed, and will be rehoused in archival storage boxes, placed on archival quality shelving, and maintained by trained HCC staff members. In addition, staff members will be trained on topics such as collections management and disaster planning.
RICHES has partnered with Dr. Denise Gammonley in the UCF Social Work Department on a grant from the Winter Park Health Foundation for a pilot program using oral histories for documenting and disseminating life stories of older adults as a strategy to introduce person-centered care practices in assisted-living facilities.
RICHES of Central Florida
Department of History