River of Dreams: The St. Johns and its Springs
The Matheson History Museum’s new exhibition, “River of Dreams: The St. Johns and Its Springs,” runs from January 21 to June 24, 2017. This original exhibition examines Floridians’ past, present and future relationship with the St. Johns River and its springs. The exhibition and all related programs are free and open to the public.
The St. Johns is an ancient river that has been a source of food, water, transportation, industry, agriculture and recreation for Native Americans, European explorers, Crackers and present-day Floridians. In 1998, the St. Johns was declared an American Heritage River, the only one in Florida and one of only fourteen in the nation. Dr. Briley Rasmussen, Director of Museum Studies at the University of Florida, is the lead curator of the exhibition. Guest curators include Dr. Whitney Sanford, Professor of Religion at the University of Florida, and Ms. Florence Turcotte, Literary Collections Archivist at George A. Smathers Libraries. University of Florida museum studies and sustainability graduate and undergraduate students assisted with exhibition research and installation.
The exhibition includes original work by photographer Anne Ledbetter and Bruce
Mozert; artifacts from Kingsley Plantation; a model of the Silver Glen Springs shell
mound; documents and images on loan from the University of Florida, George A. Smathers Library, Special & Area Studies Collections, and the Florida and Puerto Rico Digital Newspaper project; and images of the St. Johns River, Ocklawaha River and Silver Springs from the Matheson’s photographic, stereographic and postcard collections.
Programs will cover topics from Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings to segregation at Silver Springs to the history of the St. Johns River. In addition, the Matheson will host kayak and pontoon boat tours of the St. Johns River and Ocklawaha River with author Lars Andersen and a screening of Matt Keene’s new film “Lost Springs,” which examines the flooded springs of the Ocklawaha River, which remains dammed due to the defunct Cross Florida Barge Canal.
Date & Time
01/21/2017 - 06/24/2017
Matheson History Museum