Historic Apalachicola

Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Art

Archives - October 2017

October 26, 2017

Resilience Through the Lens, Photovoice Exhibition


"Resilience Through the Lens" a Photovoice Exhibit Opening Reception! Meet the researchers, the photographers and have a conversation....

Resilience Through the Lens is a photovoice exhibit of the currents strengths and challenges ahead for Franklin County, Florida. These photographs were taken by local residents participating in the Healthy Gulf, Health Communities project based at the University of Florida. 

Following the 2010 BP oil spill, the Health Gulf, Health Communities team has been working in Franklin County to help learn about the ecological, psychological, and social impacts of the spill and to identify lessons learned by local residents to help prepare for future crises. 

Resilience Through the Lens asked local residents of Franklin County to consider four questions about their communities: 

What makes your community a resilient community? 
What are the challenges faced by your community?
What is currently being done to improve your community?
What are opportunities for future improvements in your community?

Twenty people from all walks of life in Franklin County contributed to this project. Their perspectives and thoughts shaped this exhibit and we thank all of them for contributing to this exhibit. 

What is Photovoice?

Photovoice is a community-based participatory research approach that brings together photography and critical discussion to examine important issues from the perspectives of local residents. 

Photographs allow us to see the world through other peoples’ eyes. Photovoice takes that precious ability and challenges us to identify and address the social problems we face as a community. By asking community members to highlight local strengths and weaknesses through the lens, we can ask ourselves whether we too, can see those issues in the same light. 

And if we do share a common view, we are already one step closer to working together to improve our community. By raising our group consciousness about our strengths and weaknesses, we can have critical discussions and dialogues about how to make things better. And through these dialogues can come change.

10/26/17, 10:33 AM

Trader's Canoe-Gallery Open Tuesday-Saturday 12P-5P

In May of 2006, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported that Curtis Monroe, a logger from Eastpoint, Florida had recovered a dugout canoe measuring more than 50 feet from the Apalachicola River.  Marks on the boat indicate it was made using metal tools, and the shape suggested that it had been a trading canoe, in use sometime between 1750 and 1800.  Carbon dating has now corroborated these dates.  It’s length is the longest on record in Florida.

Dugout canoes represent an ancient Native American technology that was adapted and modified to meet the needs of the Spanish, British and Americans who occupied Florida.  There are over 300 canoes documented in the files of the Florida Bureau of Archaeological research.

 Thanks to the following organizations and groups for making this discovery and permanent exhibition possible:  Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research, Department of State General Cousel, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Board of County Commissioners, Tate’s Hell State Forest staff, City of Apalachicola, Franklin County Tourist Development Coucil. 


10/26/17, 09:10 AM