Excellence in Cultural Resource Management
Nancy J. Russell
Museum Curator, Everglades National Park
Russell developed a museum management program for South Florida parks and revitalized Everglades’ museum program. The South Florida Collections Management Center manages the museum collections for Big Cypress National Preserve, Biscayne National Park, De Soto National Memorial, Dry Tortugas National Park, and Everglades National Park.
Staffing has increased, and the number of objects, specimens, and archival documents in the center’s collection has doubled, from nearly 3 million items to more than 6 million. In addition to augmenting the collection, Russell has seen to the proper care of its wet specimens by writing and implementing a cooperative agreement between Everglades National Park and the Florida Museum of Natural History.
Nancy has matched her dedication to the museum program with her commitment to a multi-year project of conserving and exhibiting historic cannons at Fort Jefferson in Dry Tortugas National Park. She successfully applied for funding for projects, has participated in the conservation treatment of cannons, and oversaw in detail the mounting of a cannon on a full reproduction carriage – a project that she conceived and spearheaded.