April 22, 2019 – “There’s Always A Time For Everything”

Hello, everyone!

As I continue my journey through the recorded memories of the Home Movie Collection, I must keep in mind of my other responsibilities. Sometimes those responsibilities ended up more than I bargained for. This week happens to be finals week for the Spring Semester at the University of Central Florida and this meant more people studying at the library. This also means more messes to clean.

After entering the office, I collected the cleaning materials needed for the fifth-floor study hall and prepared to engage in my Monday duties. Little did I know, a modern art masterpiece waited for me. Just about every other desk needed to be cleaned, especially those with pencil markings. Nearly an hour passed until I finally finished and I used up all of the Lysol wipes.

Before I moved onto the Home Movie Collection, I checked the shelving cart. I saw a couple of publication that needed to be sent to the University Archives. In response, I grabbed the key and took the publications to the first-floor. I managed to correctly find where all the documents belonged with little difficulty. When I returned to return the keys, I noticed more books on the shelving cart and decided to wait until the end of my shift to proceed further.

With my shelving duties on a momentary pause, I grabbed the Home Movie Collection hard drive and installed it on the nearest computer. The footage mostly contained doting parents and their baby, post-graduation ceremony shenanigans, Christmas celebrations, and family gatherings. Fortunately,  the family took a vacation to Florida in the 1950s.

Walt Disney World did not exist yet and as such, the family visited one of the most biggest tourist attractions in Florida, Cypress Garden. Other families in the Home Movie Collection visited Cypress Garden, too, and this footage only adds more documentation of the now defunct theme park. Scenes of the vegetation around the park, the boat tours, the Aquabelles, and guest interactions provide a glimpse of a world that no longer exists. Currently, the LEGOLAND theme park occupies the space Cypress Gardens once held.

At 2:30 PM, I stopped my home movie viewership to attend to the remaining books on the shelving cart. The amount of books grew since the last time I saw the cart, thus delaying my departure. Thankfully, the task did not take too long and I finished just in time to clean my work area. Afterward, I bid farewell to the rest of the staff and left.

In review, I cleaned more messes than usual, shelved more books than usual, and saw on overwhelming amount of footage of family gatherings than usual. Tomorrow promises to reveal more about the life of this particular family. Until then, enjoy the rest of the evening and stay safe! Bye!


Author: 57r3l574d

I am currently a Graduate Student at the University of Central Florida and simultaneously employed by the university library's Special Collections and University Archives as a Other Personnel Service (OPS) Student. Expected to graduate in 2019 with a History MA - Public History Track.

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