Melrose “Back in The Day” Event at the Library



Small Town Coming Together to Bring Great History Event to Public Library

The Melrose Public Library has a mission: to gather the town-folk of Melrose together and share stories of making a living in Melrose throughout the years. On September 28th at 2:00 pm – they’re hosting an event to do just that!

With the help from their residents and their community organizations – Melrose Back in the Day will bring together all walks of life from the business side to the residential side of Melrose history – and tell their town story. The event will feature archival materials from personal collections and presenters who will detail the history of Melrose business starting in the 1850s and wrap up with “what the future holds.” There will be presentations, collaborative photo sharing, story-telling, and light refreshments. So come and hear the familiar town tales and new stories you may have never heard before! The event will be held in the Melrose Public Library atrium. Arrive early for a good seat!

The Under the Porch singers, a group that frequents the Melrose Community and Senior Center, will be performing early (starting at 1:40 pm) for the folks arriving to get a good seat. “We’re expecting a large turnout – people are really interested because our town has so many facets,” says Sheree Sims who is the Branch Manager at the Melrose Public Library, “we want people to get here early so they don’t miss any of the presenters or these awesome performers!” Arrive early as the library is expecting a full house.

The Mossman Foundation is lending the library some of their prints depicting scenes from an earlier day in Melrose for attendees to view. “There will be lots to look at… photos, maps, art and artifacts, we’re grateful to our organizations like the Mossman Foundation and Historic Melrose who can collaborate with us,” says Sims. Historic Melrose Inc. will have its new pictorial history of Melrose book available at the event.

The event is slated to bring out representatives from both the Small Business Development Center and UF’s Oral History department – who will start us on our own oral history collection in Melrose. Attendees will be able to make an appointment at a later date to talk with these folks.

With input from the Melrose Library Association, Putnam County Public Library System, Mossman Foundation, the Melrose Lake Dwellers, the Melrose Woman’s Club, the Melrose Senior and Community Center, Historic Melrose Inc., the Melrose Business and Community Association, The Melrose Bay Owners, The Small Business Development Center, the UF Samuel Proctor Oral History Project, the Under the Porch Singers, and the lively residents of Melrose, FL – this event is sure to be one for the history books!


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