Step into Florida history at Artwalk on Friday, June 27, 2014 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Discover portraits of Florida’s early years at the Matheson Museum’s current exhibition entitled A Penny for Your Thoughts. The gallery of the Matheson Museum will open at 7:00 pm, when participants will have their last opportunity to browse the temporary exhibition which highlights the museum’s collection of over 20,000 postcards. At 7:30 pm, Dr. Mark V. Barrow and Murray Laurie will discuss the process of writing the book A Penny for Your Thoughts, which was the basis for the Matheson Museum exhibition. At 8:00 pm, local historian Sharon Bauer will lead a tour of the temporary exhibition and will discuss how postcards provide a pictorial history of Alachua County. This event is free and open to the public. Free parking and refreshments will also be available.
About the Speakers:
Dr. Mark V. Barrow has collected postcards for almost half a century. In 1996, he donated 1,600 postcards to the Matheson Museum. He is a retired cardiologist and founder of the Matheson Museum. He was in the first graduating class of the University of Florida College of Medicine and ran his own medical practice for many decades. He continues to be instrumental in historic preservation in the Gainesville community.
For over twenty years Murray Laurie has been documenting, recording and investigating the history of Alachua County. She wrote or co-wrote seven books and numerous articles on historical sites in Florida. She has served as president of the Matheson Museum. In 2009, Dr. Barrow and Ms. Laurie produced A Penny for Your Thoughts, which was the basis for the current exhibition at the Matheson Museum.
Sharon Bauer began researching genealogy and history after buying her first house 10 years ago. She is a Matheson Museum volunteer and was the library district’s Volunteer of the Year in 2010. She works in Information Technology at the University of Florida, and has a B.S. in News-Editorial Journalism from UF and an M.P.A. in Management Information Systems from USF.