Mackenzie Pizzio will present the “Trailblazers:150 Years of Alachua County Women” exhibition at the Matheson History Museum on Saturday.
The event starts at 4 p.m. and in-person seating is limited to 75 people with masks required for the safety of staff and attendees. Online registration is required for the free event and, for those unable to attend in person, a virtual option on Zoom will be available by clicking here.
Pizzio, a UF graduate with degrees in History and Women’s Studies, researched and curated the exhibition while an intern at Matheson.
The event will highlight the lives and accomplishments of 11 women from cities throughout Alachua County. Pizzio will tell their stories for the first time while calling attention to the oft-forgotten contributions of women in the history of Alachua County. The 11 women featured represent various backgrounds, experiences and fields of work that have been significant to Alachua County’s past and present success.
The 110 women featured in the exhibition are: Sarah Hamilton Matheson, Dr. Sarah Lucretia Robb, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Marjorie Harris Carr, Vivian Washington Filer, Daphne Duval Williams, Judith Brown, Margaret Tebeau, Clara Floyd Gehan, Mary Etta Cubberly, and Emmaline Buchholz.
Pizzio graduated from UF in May 2021 and her research focuses on gender and feminism in American films, primarily 1990s popular films, to better understand how third-wave feminism is communicated to the public. Her interest in working at museums came after completing her internship at the Matheson History Museum, where she was tasked with creating the Trailblazers exhibition.
This program is sponsored in part by Visit Gainesville/Alachua County and by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of the Arts and Culture, and the State of Florida.