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Voices of Havana Sought – Havana History Museum Receives $50,000 grant to fund video recordings of local history

The Havana History & Heritage Society recently received a $50,000 state grant from the Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources for continuing video recordings of this area’s history.

As part of a project that will be known as “Voices of Havana II”, the society plans to interview as many older area citizens as possible to capture their stories of living and working in the area.

Professionally edited and formatted, these interviews feature local farmers, business persons, sports figures and community leaders. Previous participants in “Voices of Havana I” were Louie Barineau, Nell Gray Cunningham, Bobby Durden, Nora Brown James, Charlie Macon, Maryzell Haskins Roberts, Dick Williams, and Vernell Ross.

This grant will expand the 17 “Voices of Havana” videos that the society says are currently very popular to visitors.

Several of Havana and East Gadsden County’s previous participants in the Voices history project include (from left to right) Donna Warlick, Bill Piotrowski, Jim Barineau, Nell Gray Cunningham, Vernell Ross, Nora James, Bob Bruggner, and Charlie Macon. / Photo Courtesy the Havana History & Heritage Society

The current Voices of Havana recordings are available for listening at the Shade Tobacco Museum, in downtown Havana.

The new interviews will be added to the museum’s archives and directly available to visitors via a kiosk, or by request on Museum video screens.

They will also be available online.

Residents who are interested in being interviewed for this project should contact Donna Warlick by leaving a message at (850) 545-6049 or by contacting the Shade Tobacco Museum by calling (850) 270-7315 or emailing

Those interested in being interviewed can also simply stop by the museum (open 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturdays, 1– 4 p.m. on Sundays).

The Shade Tobacco Museum is located at 204 2nd Street Northwest, in Havana.

Those who are interviewed will be offered a copy of the recorded interviews at no charge.

These video interviews, through an agreement with the Florida State University’s Strozier Library, will also be included in both the state and national archives.

This will enable access and preservation of this area’s history for both current and future generations, authors, and historians.

Featured photo from Havana Herald historical photo archives