Group Title: Historic St. Augustine: De Mesa Sanchez House, Block 7 Lot 6
Title: Proposal to reconfigure the de Mesa house interpretative exhibit
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00091263/00174
 Material Information
Title: Proposal to reconfigure the de Mesa house interpretative exhibit
Series Title: Historic St. Augustine: De Mesa Sanchez House, Block 7 Lot 6
Physical Description: Report
Language: English
 Subjects
Subject: Saint Augustine (Fla.)
43 Saint George Street (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
de Mesa-Sanchez House (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida -- Saint Johns -- Saint Augustine -- 43 Saint George Street
Coordinates: 29.896429 x -81.313225
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Bibliographic ID: UF00091263
Volume ID: VID00174
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution.
Resource Identifier: B7-L6

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PROPOSAL TO RECONFIGURE THE DE MESA HOUSE INTERPRETATIVE EXHIBIT

INTRODUCTION

This proposal is in response to w of the present interpretative

exhibit (Mhii. Territorial Period) ich have been voiced by members

of the Board of Trustees, Director, and professional staff.

1. Determination of the focus of the exhibit

Statement of purpose: This exhibit is presented "for the use, benefit, education,

recreation, enjoyment and general welfare of the people of this state and nation" as

stated in the Enabling Act, Chapter 266; Florida Statutes.

It is designed to communicate meanings and relationships through the use of ori-

ginal objects and illustrative media and to effectively promote a general under-

standing of "St. Augustine as a link between the sea and the hinterland, and St.

Augustine's Spanish heritage and role in the Spanish Empire. The last century of

the First Spanish Period (1672-1763) will be emphasized, closely followed by emphasis

on the Second Spanish Period (1784-1821). The 21 year (1763-1784) British Period will

be reflected in proper perspective, and the Territorial Period (1821-1845) will be

treated as a bridge to more recent times." p. 15 [Master Plan 1983] .
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Specifically, the proposed de Mesa exhibit will consist of a mix of period rooms

and thematic exhibits surveying St. Aunustine history from 1672 to 16M. with a major
emphasis on the latter part of the First Spanish Period.
These exhibits are outlined in detail in step 3.

2. Determination of the audience

(Who are they, what are their needs, and what are they looking for?)

According to "Visitors to Florida Attractions," April 1984, Florida's visitors

arrive by automobile, bring children and come on vacation. They are here to see

the attractions, ie. to be entertained. They have a very limited interest in

historic sites and even less in educational events.




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