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About the Grant:

Since 1992, the Winter Park Public Library and the Olin Library at Rollins College have joined together to award an annual research grant for the study of Winter Park history. This grant is made possible by a joint bequest by the estate of Dr. Rhea Marsh Smith. The main goal of the $3,000 research grant awarded to the contest winner is to encourage scholarly research on some aspect of Winter Park. The contest is open to students, professors, or interested members of the community. The range of possible topics is unlimited and may be either historical or current in nature. The major portion of the research is done from primary sources with the two institutions sharing the results. In keeping with the spirit of the Smith's lifelong commitment to Winter Park's cultural and intellectual life, the sponsors of the contest also encourage the winners to use the momentum generated from this grant to continue their interests in the city's history.

For information about applying for the Smith Grant, please contact our archivist, Barbara White, at 407-623-3300 ext. 106.


Previous Recipients:

Year: Recipient: Topic:
2007 Dr. Vibert White Pullman Porters of Winter Park, Florida
2006 Robin Chapman Irving Bacheller: The Man Who Saved a Town
2005 Nancy Shelton Heroic Measures: Winter Park Philanthropist John M. Tiedtke
2004 Dr. Rebekah McCloud Across The Tracks: A Collective History of Black Churches of Winter Park
2003 Dr. Hugh Bartling Comprehensive Planning in Winter Park: Exploring the History of the Future
2002 Dr. Maurice O'Sullivan Bucklin Moon In Winter Park
2001 Kimberly T. Mould Ideal Woman's Club and the Woman's Club of Winter Park
2000 Nina McGuire Annie Russell and the Theatre in Winter Park
1999 Rick Foglesong Winter Park and the I-4 Controversy
1998 Heath Nailos Land, Fruit, Tourists, and a College: How Winter Park Survived the Great Depression.
1997 Fairolyn Livingston Biography of the W.B. Simpson and F.R. Israel Families
1996 Sondra L. Ickes Biography of Winter Park Artist and Horticulturist Wilhelmina "Billie" Greene
1995 Peter Schreyer Photographic Essays of Winter Park's Westside
1994 Patrick W. McClane James Gamble Rogers II: Residential Architecture in Winter Park




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