USF St. Petersburg campus Honors Program Theses (Undergraduate)

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Raymond 0. Arsenault, Ph.D.

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Gary Mormino, Ph.D.


University of South Florida St. Petersburg

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Growing up in a predominately female family, I spent many hours at my grandmother's kitchen table with all my boisterous aunts gathered around. When anyone comes for a visit, my grandmother immediately puts on the coffee and if the group consists solely of female relatives, the tub of nail polish seems to make its way to the table. The smell of coffee and nail polish along with the sound of the sisters' laughter formed the backdrop for many impromptu versions of our family history. A now waning tradition, those times created some of my favorite childhood memories and gave me a real sense of belonging and family. Along with those memories remain several dozen historical documents, several hundred old photographs and countless bits and pieces that intrigued me into this attempt at piecing it all together. This work recounts the history of a rural Floridian family through maternal lineage, using largely primary sources that present opportunity for much personal interpretation.


A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the University Honors Program, University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

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