The Chase Family Grant for Visiting Graduate Scholars
APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN
Deadline, Friday, November 3, 2023 (5 PM Eastern)
The story of the Chases in Florida began in 1878 when Sydney Octavius Chase (1860-1941), having read about orange groves in Scribner's Magazine, came to Florida from Philadelphia. His brother, Joshua Coffin Chase (1858-1948), joined him in 1884 and together they formed Chase and Company that year. The citrus enterprise eventually involved all of the family over several generations.
The Chase Family Grant was first established in 2009 in honor of Cecilia L. Johnson, granddaughter of Joshua Cofin Chase, with additional support in memory of Joshua C. Johnson. The grant program now continues through an endowment created by members of the Chase family. We gratefully acknowledge their generosity and public spiritedness in supporting this travel grant, which provides $1200 to each recipient to conduct research in the P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History.
IN APPRECIATION - Funding for this award comes from the Sydney O. Chase and Joshua C. Chase Endowment and through the generous support of members of the Chase family.
Previous Recipients of the Chase Family Grant
Award for 2020
Charlie Fanning is a PhD candidate in history at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he is writing a dissertation titled “Empire of the Everglades: Agribusiness, the Land, and Labor in 20th Century South Florida.” He conducted research in the agricultural collections in support of his topic.
Award for 2019
Rachel Kirby (Boston University) researched her dissertation topic about the role of the orange as an icon of Florida's identity and economy, and other agricultural iconography of the South. Read more about Rachel here: Rachel Kirby | American & New England Studies Program (bu.edu).
Award for 2018
Aubrey Lauersdorf (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) conducted research on her dissertation about the Apalachee Indians of Florida, completed in 2020. She is assistant professor in history at Auburn University and is at work on a book project, “Apalachee Coast: Indigenous Power in the Colonial Gulf South."
We are delighted to recognize Robert D. Skelton as the first of the Chase Family Grant graduate scholars to visit the P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History in 2023. Robert completed a week of research focusing on Reconstruction. As part of his dissertation work at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, he argues that the Radical Republican vision for fostering Black political power and landownership in Florida collided with post-war business interests that viewed the new Freedmen populace as primarily an inexpensive labor force. In particular, he examined post-war negotiations between Democrats and Republicans to restart and revitalize Florida’s economy that fractured the Republican coalition and led to the demise of both Republican and African American political power in Florida until the Civil Rights Era.