History Exhibits

East Meets West: From St. Petersburg Florida to Takamatsu Japan, St. Petersburg, FL

St. Petersburg and Takamatsu Japan had a shotgun wedding just after WWII. They were encouraged to become sister cities to build relations between the US and Japan. Curiously, the cities had much in common. The exhibit explored both the similarities and cultural differences, comparing pine cones, dirt, sports, manhole covers, iconic bridges and other effects of […]

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Grand Hotels of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, FL

Ten large hotels were built in St. Petersburg in just three years during the great real estate boom of the 1920s. This inaugural exhibit in the 700 sf Harriet Strum Gallery tells about the colorful hotel owners and their quirky personalities. A thread running through the narrative of each hotel text panel was whether or […]

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Tennis History, St. Petersburg, FL

The 450 sf gallery tells the proud history of tennis in St. Petersburg, and the city’s profound influence on the sport of tennis. A thick binder contains player bios for each of the ranked tennis players who played on the courts at the tennis center. St. Petersburg Tennis Center St. Petersburg, FL

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A History of the Renaissance Vinoy Hotel, St. Petersburg, FL

The Vinoy Hotel opened its doors in 1926 after an incredibly compressed nine months of construction. Since then, it has served as St. Petersburg’s “front porch.” The exhibit traces the story of the hotel and provides the “hip and historic” vibe the hotel itself projects. Guests can appreciate the hotel all the more so after […]

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