Hurricane Michael Project Accepting Submissions from Public

The Historic St. Andrews Waterfront Partnership has been awarded funding from the Florida Humanities Council for a Community Project Grant that will feature a panel display exhibit about Hurricane Michael’s impacts on the St. Andrews area and would like to invite the public to submit their stories.

Each display panel of the exhibit will feature a different perspective, including, but not limited to, people of various ages and backgrounds, residences, historic buildings, natural resources and archaeological sites, environment, businesses, and organizations.

The display will include the personal challenges faced by people and how they have and are striving to overcome in the aftermath, and things people have done to adjust to life in the “new normal” of our culture. When the exhibit is complete, it will be on display at the Panama City Publishing Company Museum and an open house public event held.

Partnership Board Member Dave Smith initiated the idea that “something should be done to acknowledge Hurricane Michael happened to us, but to show how the dynamic people and community of St. Andrews are rebounding from the destruction.”

The Florida Humanities Council is funding the printing of two additional sets of the exhibit for loaning around the state to other communities and organizations. Partners in the project include the Panama City News Herald, and Dr. Jason Wenzel and Dr. John Phillips from Gulf Coast State College.

The project committee is requesting anyone interested in sharing their story to submit just a few lines about their experience. Download a guide sheet for submissions and submit it to: Panama City Publishing Company Museum,1134 Beck Ave, Panama City, FL 32401, or or email Deadline to submit is Feb. 29, 2020.

The Florida Humanities Council has previously awarded funding to The Historic St. Andrews Waterfront Partnership for the Archaeological Kiosk display at Oaks by the Bay Park and the Florida Stories Walking Tour App project that launched Oct. 6, 2018, just four days prior to Hurricane Michael.