The Winter Park History & Archives Collection
Long-time Winter Park resident, Eve Bacon, lived and worked in Winter Park from 1945-1978. Throughout those years she worked as a secretary, librarian, newspaper editor, and real estate broker. Although she was well-known and respected in each of those roles, she is probably best remembered as an historian and author.
As a volunteer with the Winter Park Public Library, Eve Bacon was very instrumental in establishing the local history collection. In 1976, she donated her "working files" of Winter Park information to the library, thus forming the core of the Winter Park History Collection.
Dr. Rhea Marsh Smith
In 1992, the Library received a significant bequest from the estate of Rhea Marsh Smith to be used to support the Winter Park History & Archives Collection. Smith was a professor of History at Rollins College for many years. After retirement in 1972, he remained committed to the cultural and intellectual life of Winter Park.
Dr. Rhea Marsh Smith and his wife, Dorothy Lockhart Smith, were active, involved members of the Winter Park community. Their commitment and dedication to this city spanned six decades.
Our Mission Statement
The purpose of the Winter Park History and Archives Collection is to acquire, preserve, and make available information about or by the City residents of Winter Park and its residents.