One Courthouse Square
The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum will open a new traveling exhibition “The Art of Uncle Monday and Other Florida Tales” on Tuesday, August 4 and will be on display through the end of October in the John Murray Davis Rotating Gallery at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum. This visiting exhibition features framed prints of illustrations by Kitty Kitson Petterson for Dr. Kristin G. Congdon’s book Uncle Monday and Other Florida Tales. The artwork is on loan from the Museum of Florida History in Tallahassee.
Few states can boast the diversity of cultures that created Florida and its folktales. The tales go back over 100 years and draw mainly from the Cracker, African American, and Seminole cultures. Large, full-page illustrations vividly express the humor and poignancy so often found in folklore. Congdon’s book has garnered two major awards and is now a Florida folklore classic. Also on display is a collection of classic children’s pop-up books to supplement Petterson’s artworks.
Kathryn Kitson Petterson followed her husband to Saudi Arabia, London, and Kuwait for his career, raising two children in the process. In Saudi Arabia, which did not permit free expression of art, especially by women, she started an art organization that still thrives today. In Orlando, Petterson founded a gallery, taught college art classes, made posters, and illustrated children's books. Her images of Martin Luther King were put on buses. In 2001, she passed away at the age of 58 with cancer.
Kristin G. Congdon is Professor Emerita of Philosophy and Humanities at the University of Central Florida. She has also taught art in a variety of places, including public schools, correctional settings, treatment facilities, and museums. She has published extensively on folk art, community art, multi-cultural art education, and feminism in an effort to celebrate artists who have had little visibility in the art world. She has also been senior editor of Studies in Art Education and The Journal for Research in Art Education and is a principal co-investigator in a project that documents China’s cultural heritage.
For more information about this exhibition, please contact the Heritage Museum at 341-6436.
One Courthouse Square
Citrus County Old Courthouse Heritage Museum is currently recruiting volunteers to serve as tour guides and information specialists. The Museum Visitor Service volunteers provide guided tours and visitor information historical and current, about the county and our area for visitors from across the country and world. In addition, they provide insights about state and local history, government and the architecture of the 100+ year old historic building, which is a cultural icon for the county. A weekly shift commitment of four hours is required. Comprehensive training is provided.
Some additional volunteer opportunities available are clerical work, including answering phones, taking messages, and typing correspondence, and providing support for book tours and special events.
Estuary Exploration: A Science Discovery Summer Camp 2015
The Friends of the Crystal River State Parks,Inc. in partnership with the Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN), Florida Park Service, Florida Coastal Office, Crystal River Boat Builders, and Gulf Archaeology Research Institute (GARI), is offering exciting new eco-heritage summer camps at Crystal River Preserve State Park designed for students who are interested in applying archaeology and biology to exploration of the Crystal River State Parks.
All camp activities are conducted by professional archaeologists and biologists, and allow kids to experience our local natural and cultural resources first-hand through activities, experiments, and hikes!
Session 1 • July 6th - 10th
Session 2 • July 13th - 17th
8:30am - 3:00pm
Ages 7 - 11
$80 per participant, per session. Registration application and instructions: http://fpan.us/uploads/crc/campRegistration2015.pdf
For more information contact: Jamie Letendre Office: 352.563.0450