Graduation Year


Document Type




Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Degree Granting Department


Major Professor

Thomas J. Pluckhahn, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Diane Wallman, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Davide Tanasi, Ph.D.


Collections Management, Digital Humanities, Exhibit Design, Heritage Studies, Museum Anthropolog, Public Archaeology


There are numerous ways in which heritage can be managed and presented to the public, such as: physical museums, virtual museums, tours of historic homes, and archaeological parks. For this project, I participated in and observed heritage preservation management under a unique partnership of the City of Safety Harbor recreation department and the Safety Harbor Museum Board in Safety Harbor, Florida. My internship was with the Safety Harbor Museum and Cultural Center, primarily under the direction of Shannon Schafer and Christine McWilliams. My initial focus was assisting these two groups with projects specific to the needs of the museum. I was specifically involved in museum programming, community outreach, exhibit preparation, and inventory analysis. The internship began in May 2019 and ended in August 2019.The major project is the development of a new overall museum design that will be used to exhibit the city’s rich history and material artifacts. The goal of this thesis is to give the museum a plan that, once implemented, allows the museum to educate residents and tourists about current cultural heritage, archaeological material culture, and the overall history of the city by incorporating diverse perspectives in the preservation and presentation of the city’s history.