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Volume 10. Issue 4

     The Howe Society, which supports the development of the Department of Special and Area Studies Collections, held its annual banquet on Saturday, February 12 in the Special Collections Research Room. This is the first time the banquet has been held in the Research Room, which has been recently renovated. The soaring beam-vaulted ceiling, large scale reprints of collection materials mounted on the walls, display cases, and replicas of the original light fixtures created a beautiful backdrop for the catered banquet.
     Tom Rider, president of the Society, introduced John Ingram, chair of the Department of Special and Area Studies Collections, who gave a brief introduction to the holdings in natural history available in the Department. 
     The featured speaker was author Thomas Slaughter who spoke on "Listening to the Bartrams." Slaughter 
published The Natures of John and William Bartram to much acclaim in 1996. He has written two other award-winning books, The Whiskey Rebellion and Bloody Dawn.
     Dale Canelas, Smathers Libraries Director, made the announcement that former Florida Governor Farris Bryant, in attendance with his daughter Cecilia, is making a gift to endow the Libraries' Farris and Julia Bryant Preservation Fund. The fund will be used to assist with the preservation and protection of valuable resource materials pertaining to Florida history and government housed in Smathers Libraries.
     For information on Howe Society membership or upcoming programs, call 392-9075, ext. 201.
Barbara Hood,
Public Information Officer

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