Matheson History Museum presents “How a Great Theatre Saved a Dying Downtown” with Richard Gartee
July 3, 2023
Press release from the Matheson History Museum
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Award-winning author Richard Gartee will discuss his book The Hippodrome Theatre First Fifty Years at the Matheson History Museum at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 8. The program will focus in part on the role the theatre’s move to the old Post Office building played in the formation of Gainesville’s historic preservation effort and the revival of its downtown business district. The program is free with registration.
Joining Richard will be former Hippodrome general managers Mark Sexton and Jessica Hurov, who will speak to the positive contribution the Hippodrome’s presence continues to bring to the city and its place as the centerpiece of Gainesville’s artistic community and cultural icon.
Richard Gartee, a longtime subscriber and patron of the Hippodrome, is honored to have contributed to the preservation of its history. Richard is an award-winning novelist who has had six novels, five collections of poetry, and fifteen nonfiction books published. The Hippodrome Theatre First Fifty Years is his twenty-seventh full-length book. Learn more about his writing career and books by visiting www.gartee.com.
Mark Sexton acted in Hippodrome plays from 1977 to 2003 and served as general manager during its most explosive period of growth from 1996 to 2004. Mark is presently Communications and Legislative Affairs Director for Alachua County Government.
Jessica Hurov began her career at the Hippodrome as marketing director in 2005. She was later promoted to general manager and became managing director from 2014 to 2018. Jessica is presently Tourism Development Manager of the Alachua County Visitors and Convention Bureau.
This event is sponsored in part by Visit Gainesville/Alachua County, FL and by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of the Arts and Culture, and the State of Florida.
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