Smith Research Grant

The Rhea Marsh and Dorothy Lockhart Smith Research Grant

About the Grant:

Since 1992, the Winter Park Public Library and the Olin Library at Rollins College have joined together to award an annual research grant for the study of Winter Park history. This grant is made possible by a joint bequest by the estate of Dr. Rhea Marsh Smith. The main goal of the $3,000 research grant awarded to the contest winner is to encourage scholarly research on some aspect of Winter Park. The contest is open to students, professors, or interested members of the community. The range of possible topics is unlimited and may be either historical or current in nature. The major portion of the research is done from primary sources with the two institutions sharing the results. In keeping with the spirit of the Smiths' lifelong commitment to Winter Park's cultural and intellectual life, the sponsors of the contest also encourage the winners to use the momentum generated from this grant to continue their interests in the city's history.

For information about applying for the Smith Grant, please contact Dr. Ruth Edwards at 407-623-3309.

Previous Recipients:




2017/ 2018
Susan Montgomery
Latinos In Winter Park
2015/ 2016
Dr. Paul Butler
The Life and Times of Theodore Mead: The Man Behind the Mead Botanical Legacy Garden in Winter Park
2014/ 2015
No grant awarded this cycle.
2013/ 2014
No grant awarded this cycle.
2012/ 2013
No grant awarded this cycle.
2011/ 2012
No grant awarded this cycle.
2010/ 2011
No grant awarded this cycle.
2009/ 2010
No grant awarded this cycle.
2008/ 2009
Dr. Denise Cummings
Of Beauty and Coherence: The Morse-Genius-McKean Legacy to Winter Park's Art, Architecture & Landscape
2007/ 2008
Grady McClendon
The Nearly Lost Legacy of Peter C. Samwell, Winter Park Architect
2006/ 2007
Dr. Vibert White
Pullman Porters of Winter Park, Florida
2005/ 2006
Robin Chapman
Irving Bacheller: The Man Who Saved a Town
2004/ 2005
Nancy Shelton
Heroic Measures: Winter Park Philanthropist John M. Tiedtke
2003/ 2004
Dr. Rebekah McCloud
Across The Tracks: A Collective History of Black Churches of Winter Park
2002/ 2003
Dr. Hugh Bartling
Comprehensive Planning in Winter Park: Exploring the History of the Future
2001/ 2002
Dr. Maurice O'Sullivan
Bucklin Moon In Winter Park
2000/ 2001
Kimberly T. Mould
Ideal Woman's Club and the Woman's Club of Winter Park
1999/ 2000
Nina McGuire
Annie Russell and the Theatre in Winter Park
1998/ 1999
Rick Foglesong
Winter Park and the I-4 Controversy
1997/ 1998
Heath Nailos
Land, Fruit, Tourists, and a College: How Winter Park Survived the Great Depression.
1996/ 1997
Fairolyn Livingston
Biography of the W. B. Simpson and F. R. Israel Families
1995/ 1996
Sondra L. Ickes
Biography of Winter Park Artist and Horticulturist Wilhelmina "Billie" Greene
1994/ 1995
Peter Schreyer
Photographic Essays of Winter Park's Westside
1993/ 1994
Patrick W. McClane
James Gamble Rogers II: Residential Architecture in Winter Park