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Matanzas Voices

May 2018


I've always loved this time of year, when the chaotic days of spring stretch into the lazy days of summer. The mullet start running on the beach. Surf picks up. Afternoon rainstorms give us a break from the heat. 

It also means that Matanzas Voices is gearing up for some new work, from interviews to events.

Along those lines: prospects of stormy weather pushed us to postpone our oral history screening event. It was initially scheduled for Saturday, May 26th. The new date is Saturday, June 16th. The menu (fried shrimp, Hyppo pops), time (7pm), and place (Genung's Fish Camp) remain the same. It is a free, family-friendly event. See you there!

This month we're also pleased to announce that we've joined the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) "Voices of the Fisheries" oral history database. This comprehensive resource is a powerful tool for charting and understanding how marine and coastal livelihoods are changing—that's a goal we can get behind.

Kind regards from the Matanzas,

Anna Hamilton
Project Director
Matanzas Voices 


Screening event rescheduled for June 16th

We watched with trepidation as subtropical storm Alberto was forecast to reach St. Augustine Memorial Day weekend—as Voices participant Hugh Mercer says, "dealing directly with nature is a chancy proposition."

That's why we decided to postpone our oral history screening event at Genung's Fish Camp to Saturday, June 16th. We hope you can join us at 7pm for fried shrimp and Hyppo pops, followed by a sunset screening at 8pm!


Voices Spotlight: Adam Morley

June 1st officially catapults us into hurricane season in Florida—and we don't have to tell you that the last two years have been doozies for our northeast Florida corner.

By their nature, hurricanes bring sudden, often devastating and permanent change. That's why we're interested in the storm stories of our region, and why we're sharing the experiences of people like Adam Morley, local boat captain and fish camp manager, who got a firsthand glimpse into 2016's Hurricane Matthew.

"It was definitely one of those 'don't try this at home' stories," Adam says. "But I'd never listen to those warnings."



Matanzas Voices now included in NOAA's Voices of the Fisheries

We are pleased to announce that Matanzas Voices' collection has been included in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) "Voices of the Fisheries" oral history database! The cross-posting will help scholars and researchers more easily locate our work on the changing ways of life in coastal northeast Florida. You can search collections here.