Calling All History Buffs!

Calling all history buffs! Have you ever wanted to dig deeper into some aspect of local history? Now is your chance to apply for the Rhea Marsh and Dorothy Lockhart Smith Winter Park History Research Grant, which provides $3,000 to fund scholarly research about Winter Park history. Applications are being accepted until February 28, 2017.

Funded through a partnership between the Winter Park Public Library and Rollins College Olin Library, the grant will provide the necessary funds for a researcher, either professional or motivated hobbyist, to delve into Winter Park’s past. Previous grant winners have highlighted Winter Park artists, authors, naturalists, architects and architecture, churches, neighborhoods, political controversies, and current events. A list of past Smith Grant-funded projects can be viewed at

The grant will be awarded based on historical value, originality, project scope, availability of primary research materials, and credentials of the applicant. Applicants should submit the following documents: title of the proposed project, a 350-500 word summary, a preliminary bibliography of primary research resources and a current résumé. Materials should be submitted to Dr. Ruth Edwards at For questions about the grant or application process, call 407-623-3309.