SAINT AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA
Awarded First “Tourism Impact Award” for Dressing Downton™ Exhibition
Written by Andrew Gapinski
At the St. Johns County Visitors and Convention Bureau annual State of the Tourism Industry meeting, the Lightner Museum was awarded the first ever Tourism Impact Award. Upon receiving the award, the Lightner Museum was recognized for its vision and act of bringing the Dressing Downton: Changing Fashions for Changing Times™ national touring exhibition to Saint Augustine as its final stop on the national tour.
While hosting the exhibition, the Lightner Museum attracted over forty thousand visitors in a four month span. Due to the exhibit, the Museum was successful in gaining an international spotlight that increased awareness of Florida’s Historic Coast.
“There was an overall sense that the entire community wanted to see the Lightner Museum succeed and it was quite touching. The community was rooting for us and we could feel it.” – Jennifer Jordan, exhibition manager.
“One of our initial goals when we started this project more than two years before the costumes ever arrived to the museum was that we wanted the entire community to benefit from the exibition. Now that the exhibition is behind us, we are so pleased that the museum was able to deliver on its goal.” – Barry Myers, Lightner Museum Curator
The St. John’s County Visitors & Convention Bureau is non-for-profit and the official marketing organization for St. John’s County tourism. For more information on the VCB visit http://www.sapvb.org/
The Lightner Museum is a not-profit cultural institution sustained by the generous support of individuals, businesses, and sponsors. For more information about Lightner Museum visit www.lightnermuseum.org.