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The Museum had a grand opening on November 11, 2006, and was completely redesigned from the ground up with a new exhibit on the Andrew Turnbull Settlement.
Silver Image Interactive, Inc. was responsible for all of the media associated with the new exhibit.
The New Smyrna Settlement Exhibit
The interpretation begins with a video presentation, sit while you are introduced to the largest British attempt to colonize North America at any one time.
A group of Minorcans, Greeks, and Italians who were recruited by Dr. Andrew Turnbull to start an agricultural enterprise that would produce indigo, corn, rice and other products for the British Mercantile economy. It was Dr. Turnbull’s plan to offer those colonists land for their labors. The settlers were contracted to work for a certain number of years, and at the conclusion of the contract period, they would be given land. The prospect of a better life and ownership of land was very attractive and resulted in twice the planned number of settlers making the dangerous voyage to Florida. The increased numbers resulted in the shortage of supplies that were never successfully eliminated. The settlers suffered shocking deprivation and other hardships caused by weather; insects, illness and overwork. Dr. Turnbull was forced to seek financial help from his partners as well as the English government. Each was increasingly reluctant to commit more resources to the project. ...This is the story of men, woman and children who risked everything to begin a new life in this untamed tropical Paradise.
The Perimeter Gallery:
A chronological overview of New Smyrna History
Starting with Pre-History, with excellent examples of St. John's Period pottery, the gallery continues with tapestries created by local seamstresses of the Works Progress Administration ( W.P.A) and signage that delineate the various periods of our history.
Notable objects in this gallery include:
- Turn of the century printing press
- Exceptional collections of maps and photographs from the late 1800's to the present
A bit farther into the exhibit, another video describes how settlers were gathered from Greece, Italy and Minorca. They risked everything to begin an adventure in the New World.
See a representation of the ships as they arrive in New Smyrna in 1768.
Interactive station allows you to interact, read and hear in detail different elements of the story.
Preserving, Interpreting, and Promoting History in Southeast Volusia.
The next program is a fourteen-minute video presented on a 42" plasma display and synchronized with lights on a fourteen-foot, three-dimensional map of the original site.
The next video program is displayed on an LCD monitor from a digital player that provides the audio portion to handsets or, if desired, speakers for group tours.
The final video kiosk has three different sets of video interviews with over forty minutes of interviews from local descendants of the original settlers.
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