Group Title: Historic St. Augustine: De Mesa Plans
Title: [Memo to Bruce Piatek re ideas for operating the Spanish Quarter]
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Title: Memo to Bruce Piatek re ideas for operating the Spanish Quarter
Series Title: Historic St. Augustine: De Mesa Plans
Physical Description: Correspondence
Language: English
Creator: Lindemann, Burt
Publication Date: 1990
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: UF00091264
Volume ID: VID00010
Source Institution: University of Florida
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Memo to: Bruce Piatek

From; Burt Lindemann

Subject: Ideas for Operating the Spanish Quarter

Date: April 17, 1990.

Concentrate on Spanish St. Augustine of the 1740's.
Gallegos, Blacksmith, Gonzales and de Hita houses.

Utilize Triay, Gomez,

Exclude de Mesa house use as a separate tour separate or split ticket -
as either the Amefican territorial period or the British period.

Experience shows that often times relatively few visitors of
take the de Mesa tour. April 11 we had a head count of 564,
toured through de Mesa.

the Quarter
but only 176

I feel we can maintain the same $3.50 ticket price for the Spanish Quar-
ter and charge a separate $1.00 price for adults and 50t for children
to tour the de Mesa house.

The Quarter needs more guides/interpreters to do the "family activity"
type atmosphere we are trying to create.

To support yard and house activities we require two (2) interpreters in
Gomez, Gallegos, Gonzales and de Hita.

Current interpretation is too much restricted to the houses and their
artifacts. We cannot do the proper yard interpretation. Often times
I feel visitors don't get the depth of interpretation they are entitled
to with our limited presentation.

The six (6) primary sites (Gallegos, Gomez, Blacksmith, Gonzales, de
Hita and de Mesa) are staffed with six (6) guides/interpreters or
crafts persons and two (2) interpreters for breaks and lunches -
for a total of eight (8). Triay is staffed with the cashier and the gate-
keeper. The second gate is staffed with two (2) interpreters and we have
one (1) streetwalker. Grand total of thirteen (13).

I recommend a minimum of nineteen (19) including three (3) break persons,
i.e., Gallegos 2 interpreters, Gomez 2, Blacksmith 1, Gonzales, de
Hita, de Mesa and Triay two (2) people each. The bayfront gate with two
(2) peoples and the streetwalker make a grand total of nineteen (19).

San Agustin Antiguo Foundation, Inc.

Post Office Box 1987
St. Augustine, Florida 32085
(904) 824-3355

San Agustin Antiguo Foundation, Inc.

Post Office Box 1987
St. Augustine, Florida 32085
(904) 824-3355

I am including de Mesa at two (2) people in these projections because of the
extensive stair climbing and daily house cleaning that the interpreter must do.
Under current staffing the de Mesa interpreter gets only a lunch break.

Triay house should make more use of the gatekeeper position to interpret the
exhibits and procedures for embarking on the tour.
One weakness that is apparent in our operation now is the need to tap our regu-
lar staffing to handle some of the school tours. Over recent weeks I note
instances wherein we may have from seven (7) to ten (10) school tours schedul-
ed and have only two (2) or three (3) volunteers available. This means utili-
zing break persons, the street walker and the gatekeeper to guide some of the
tours. The results are late breaks and lunch periods of some length for al-
most everyone and in some instances no luncH breaks for the break persons or
the cashier. Sometimes we even have to utilize the janitorial person for
breaks and school tours.
With the bayfront gate now in operation we put further strain on the break
Until we have adequate volunteer support we will always put excessive pres-
sure on our guides/interpreters, regardless of being staffed at either thir-
teen (13) or nineteen (19) people. However, with better staffing this
pressure will be somewhat less.
I do note that to staff at the thirteen (13) people' figure we are working
from an cadre of twenty-five (25) people. To staff at nineteen (19) I would
suggest we would need a pool of thirty-one (31) people.

The increase in staffing is meant to allow us to broaden our interpretive
activities in and around the structures. With adequate staffing and some
help from talented volunteers I envision yard activities to include: wool
washing and dyeing, drop spindle spinning, spinning wheel spinning, Indian
pottery making, musket ball molding, gardening, planting and harvesting,
wooden utensil carving, card playing at leisure times, drying/smokjg of
meat and fish, fish net making or mending, sewing (by hand) of period
clothing, bone or shell button stamping to set forth just a sample.

CC: Loveless, Bond, Parker, Scott, Churchman

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