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PY-253117-17

St. Thomas University (Miami Gardens, FL 33054-6313)
Larry Treadwell (Project Director: 05/13/2016 to present)

The Catholic Experience in South Florida History: A Catholic Heritage Harvest & Event Series

A day-long event to digitize historical photographs and artifacts held by the St. Thomas University community and members of the Catholic schools and parishes in the Archdiocese of Miami. The project would document the rich religious and cultural lives of South Florida Catholic communities, the earliest of which date to the mid-19th century and which encompass Cuban, Haitian, African American, and Peruvian groups and raise awareness of the region’s long-standing Catholic heritage.  Following the event, the digitized materials--including photographs chronicling feasts, processions, festivals and shrines, and devotional objects such as baptismal gowns and sacramental mementos--would be displayed online, and a selection of collected photographs would be curated and exhibited in a second public event. Programming related to the exhibition would also include lectures centering on themes such as religious and cultural identity, Catholicism and American Culture, as well as discussions by community members highlighting the ways in which cultural heritage connects Catholics to their religious and cultural pasts.


To facilitate a deeper understanding of the cultural diversity in the Catholic history of South Florida, St. Thomas University Library will invite members of the campus, parishes, and schools in the Archdiocese of Miami to digitize historical photographs and artifacts that reflect their Catholic experience in South Florida. The Catholic Heritage Harvest digitization event will unearth photos depicting Catholic celebrations or family traditions, and religious documents, objects, and memorabilia. Items will be displayed online in a Digital Collection and exhibited at the Archbishop John C. Favalora Archive & Museum alongside its Catholic heritage collections. Educational programming will include a preservation workshop, a talk on connecting with one's Catholic origins through photographs, community speakers discussing their harvested items, and a talk on topics chosen by the community. Participants will connect with and appreciate their Catholic cultural heritage.

Project fields:
Cultural History; Ethnic Studies; History of Religion

Program:
Common Heritage

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$11,912 (approved)
$11,912 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2017 – 6/30/2018