The Florida Historical Society’s yearly award to a deserving S.S. Seward Institute student went to Natalie Miller. She received this award for designing and creating a library for four generations of books dating back to the early 1800s in the Green Family Homestead. These books were bequeathed to the Florida Historical Society by Raymond Green in his will. Natalie will also receive a Girl Scout Gold Award for designing and creating this library.
Natalie oversaw pulling up the linoleum on the floor of the long, narrow room, and the Historical Society refinished the existing floors. She spent many hours repairing the cracked plaster walls which date back over a century, and repainting them. In this process, she found books that are almost 200 years old. Her favorite was a book donated and signed by Frederick W. Seward to the S.S. Seward Institute. She also found many books on local history and newspapers from the Cuban Missile Crisis (1962). She said it was genuinely a lot of fun to just get lost in all of these books. She said she is proud of the work she did and is glad it could benefit the community.
The Florida Historical Society is also very proud of Natalie Miller, for designing and setting up a library in the Green Family home, where there had been no library previously. Everyone who visits the Green Family home and sees the library, a permanent improvement in the Green Family home, will admire and appreciate Natalie Miller’s work.