The Heritage Collection:
Photographs and Oral Histories of West Winter Park
A unique exhibition of history told by the residents who have lived it.
Noon-4 pm Tuesday - Thursday
Noon-5 pm Friday
10 am-2 pm Saturday
Closed Sunday and Monday
Also on display: The Sage Project:
Hannibal Square Elders Tell Their Stories
To see a brief video click here
The Sage Project is part of the permanent collection at the Hannibal Square Heritage Center, with photographs by Peter Schreyer.
Lonnie Holley, Multimedia Artist, Atlanta, Georgia and Birmingham, Alabama
"Thinking About My Freedom," 2016, mixed Media, 36 x 25 x 17 inches. Courtesy of The Arnett Collection and Lonnie Holley
September 16, 2016-January 14, 2017
This is a two-gallery exhibition. Please see both displays - at the Hannibal Square Heritage Center and the Alice & William Jenkins Gallery on the Crealdé Main Campus.
Friday, September 16, 2016
Opening Receptions. Explore the power of visual storytelling with 40 works of art created by 20 contemporary, self-taught and traditional artists living and working in 10 Southern states. The two-venue exhibition is curated by Teresa Hollingsworth, Katy Malone and Kristin Congdon and is on display at the Alice & William Jenkins Gallery and at the Hannibal Square Heritage Center. The evening begins with a 7-8:30 pm reception at the Jenkins Gallery, continuing from 8:30-10 pm at the Hannibal Square Heritage Center with live music.
Saturday, September 17
Sweetgrass Basketmaking Open House
Hannibal Square Heritage Center
10 am-6 pm – Open House & Basket Sale
10:30-11:30 am – Coffee and Conversation with Barbara McCormick and LaQuetta Smith
Born and raised in the sweetgrass corridor of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, Spinning Yarn featured artist Barbara McCormick and her daughter LaQuetta Smith share the traditions of their time-honored craft in a morning program and afternoon workshop (details below) as well as offering their baskets for sale, with extended hours at the center. Free.
Storytelling Traditions of Sweetgrass Basketmaking Workshop
1:30-5:30 pm, Saturday, September 17
Hannibal Square Heritage Center
Learn the basics of sweetgrass basketmaking with Barbara McCormick and LaQuetta Smith. Open to adults and children ages 8 and older accompanied by an adult. Seating is available on a first-come-first-served basis. Limited to 15 participants. Free.
Sunday, September 18th
Storytelling Traditions of Sweetgrass Basketmaking Workshop, 10 am-2 pm
Crealdé Main Campus, Studio 1B
$40 Members, $50 Non-members
South Carolina artists Barbara McCormick and her daughter LaQuetta Smith will weave stories of their time-honored tradition while guiding you to produce a basket of your own. McCormick learned the art of sweetgrass basket weaving from her family members at an early age. She carries on the West African tradition that dates back more than 300 years with her own children and teaches classes as well as exhibiting her work in museums. She can be seen in the documentary Grass Roots: The Enduring Art of the Lowcountry Basket. Materials provided. Register online at crealde.org, or call 407.671.1886. Space limited.
This project is supported by an award from the National Endowment of the Arts, the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program.
News & Events:
The Hannibal Square Heritage Collection: Photographs and Oral Histories
(Florida Historical Society, $25)
Since 2002, Peter Schreyer and the Heritage Team have been collecting and researching the history of Hannibal Square, the African-American neighborhood in West Winter Park. This summer, a dream comes true, when the Florida Historical Society publishes a book that chronicles the community project that resulted in the founding of the Hannibal Square Heritage Center and the permanent collections that are always on display.
“The Florida Historical Society Press is very pleased to be publishing the new book on the Hannibal Square Heritage Collection,” says Ben Brotemarkle, Executive Director for the FHS.
“Florida has always been an incredibly diverse state, and we strive to represent all of our various cultures and communities,” he says. “ This project provides us with a wonderful opportunity to help promote the history of an interesting African-American community through the memories and photographs of its residents. “
There are 50 personal photographs and recorded recollections of residents from West Winter Park included in the new book, representing the collaborative work of the Heritage Team: Fairolyn Livingston, Ronald Habin, Phyllis Moore, Bonnie Swain and Schreyer.
The remarkable histories have been assembled into an attractive and accessible paperback, designed in Switzerland by top European graphic designer Peter Scholl (scholldesign.com), who Schreyer has known since childhood.
The Hannibal Square Heritage Collection was released May 19-21, during the statewide conference of the Florida Historical Society in Orlando.
Schreyer adds that a further strength of the alliance with the FHS is that they publish affordable books, which are made available in libraries around the country.
The Hannibal Square Heritage Collection is available for sale at the Heritage Center and the Crealdé Art & Gift Shop.