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    Heritage Village awarded grant

    Two humanities scholars will conduct a study of the history and architecture of buildings at the site.

    By JULIANNE WU, Times Staff Writer
    © St. Petersburg Times
    published February 5, 2003

    LARGO -- A $10,000 grant from the Florida Humanities Council will assist the staff at Heritage Village with an extensive historical and architectural research project.

    Heritage Village is a 21-acre parcel, part of Pinewood Cultural Park, which is home to 27 historic structures. The 182-acre Pinewood Cultural Park is also home to the Florida Botanical Gardens, Pinellas County Extension and the Gulf Coast Museum of Art.

    Humanities scholars Jim Schnur and Stephanie Ferrell will conduct the research from now through August. They will be assisted by the Heritage Village museum staff. Ellen Babb, the museum's historian and marketing coordinator, said the goals include a public lecture series in the fall, the development of a guided walking tour for adult groups and enhanced docent training materials.

    Also, Heritage Village is asking the public to help locate photographs of the 27 historic structures on their original sites as well as any information about the people who occupied the buildings from the time they were built until they were donated to Heritage Village. Anyone having information or memorabilia to share can call Babb at (727) 582-2127.

    Schnur is a local historian and the assistant university librarian at the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

    Ferrell is a consultant in historic preservation, urban design and preservation architecture and an adjunct professor at USF's School of Architecture. She served as director of the Historic Tampa/Hillsborough County Preservation Board from 1980-1997.

    "This grant is excellent support for what the staff is working on," said Jan Luth, director of Heritage Village. "We have the capability, but not the time to do this kind of research ourselves. It's going to be exciting."

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