The Fernandina Beach Rotary Club recently welcomed club member and Amelia Island Museum of History Director Phyllis Davis along with Education Director Gray Edenfield. The two spoke about the Museum on Main Street (MoMS) exhibition coming in December. Edenfield explained that MoMS is a partnership with the Smithsonian, the Florida Humanities Council and local museums. The program combines exhibits from the Smithsonian with the Amelia Island Museum of History’s own exhibits on local history, culture and heritage to highlight the theme “The Way We Work.” The Smithsonian’s special exhibit will feature archival photos and artifacts focusing on the changing dynamic of American workers throughout our nation’s history and will be complemented by the Amelia Island Museum of History’s own exhibits telling the story of the people and industries vital to our area such as shrimping and the pulp and paper industries.

The MoMS program is only available to museums in towns with a population of 500 to 10,000. The Amelia Island Museum of History is one of five museums in Florida chosen by the Florida Humanities Council as a MoMS partner. In addition to the Smithsonian exhibits, our local museum will receive specially designed marketing and educational tools and materials. Davis said this is the second time the Amelia Island Museum of History has been selected to participate in the MoMS exhibition.