Elizabeth Neily Resumé

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Founder/Editor of the FLORIDA FRONTIER GAZETTE, distributed quarterly to state-wide a schools, museums, libraries,  parks and events. Responsible for photography, writing, layout, editing, and fundraising and grant-writing. Awarded grants from Florida Department of State, Historic Preservation Grants-In-Aid, 2004 & 2005 to produce FFG.

Created website at www.floridafrontier.com along with on-line archive of Florida Frontier Gazette.

Producer, video documentary films: Drake’s Raid, The Art of Hermann Trappman, 2010 Sunshine State Acoustic Music Camp, Panama Canal Museum: a Retrospective

Director, Panama Canal Museum, Seminole Florida, 2004-2011 overseeing all aspects of administration, supervising staff and volunteers, grant writing, fundraising, publicity, exhibit design and educational programming.

Developed series of 4th and 5th grade lesson plans on Florida history and pre-history with hands-on artifacts for three                Museum-in a Boxes created for St. Petersburg Museum of History, 2011-2012.

Script and portray “Women of  Florida” as first-person performances for school groups, museums, libraries and civic groups in Florida and New York State. Characters include:

Grandmother Mangrove - pre-Columbian Indian storyteller

Maria Velásquez -Spanish Conquistador’s wife, 1528

Charlotte Fontaine Philippe - Tampa Bay settler, 1835

Memaw Trouble - Florida Cracker storyteller;

Mirium Payne Quay, Gator Huntin’ Lady, 1890s

Kit Watkins, Irish Canadian journalist during Spanish American War,1898

Catherine Bell Tippetts, Founder of the St. Petersburg Audubon Society

Designed artwork for three Florida Archaeology Month posters to interpret artifacts and culture of Florida. Commissioned by Florida Anthropological Society.

Consultant on early 16th century clothing and lifestyles to Desoto National Memorial, St. Augustine Historical Trust, Tampa Bay History Center, and artists Hermann Trappman Christopher Still, Dean Quigley. Design and make historical costumes and hands-on exhibits to complement lectures and special events. Conduct workshops at annual School of the 16th Century. Received $1750 grant from Individual Artist Fund, Pinellas Arts Council in 2000 to help support this work.

Artist in Residence at Science Center of Pinellas County from 1999-2002.

Developed Lesson Plans for Safety Harbor Museum of Regional History. Five Hundred Years of Women in Tampa Bay funded via $4,400 grant, Tocobaga Indians, Spanish American War in Florida and History of Ft. DeSoto, $7,500 grant from Florida Historic Preservation Grants-In-Aid. Tocbaga Fishing Industry in Tampa Bay, $7,000 grant from Tampa Bay Estuary Fund.

Coordinate Special Events - Narváez Landing, annual reenactment of the Pánfilo de Narváez expedition to La Florida in 1528 and Menendez Lost Colony, 1567. Recruit 16th century re-enactors from around the State. Train elementary school students to give historical presentations. Raise funds from local business and grants to cover costs. Negotiate with city and county officials for co-sponsorships.

Facilitate Living History Programs at reenactments; pre-1840’s Rendezvous, Second Seminole War, Civil War, Prehistoric Indian, Art Shows and Traveling Exhibits, Storytelling Festivals, Libraries and Museums.

Taught Elderhostel and Senior Professional programs at Eckerd College on prehistoric cultures of Tampa Bay from paleo-Indians through Spanish contact.


       Writing/editing/ both for media and for school curricula.

Public Speaking/Performance Artist - history/archaeology

Museum Displays • Hands-on Demonstrations

Grant Writing • Fund Raising • Basic Accounting using Quickbooks.

Desktop Publishing - Proficient in Macintosh OS and Windows, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop,  

Adobe Illustrator, MS Word, MS Pro, MS Works, Scanning Programs, iMovie and Adobe Final Cut Pro

Volunteer Coordination - Communicate well with people of all socio-economic backgrounds.

Public Relations - writing press releases and public appearances in all media.

Graphic Illustration • Digital Photography

Filming and editing short and feature documentaries


Bachelor of Arts - English Literature/Anthropology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, N.S. Canada. 1974

Extension courses in costuming, photography/video, accounting, museum conservation techniques.

Non-degree seeking status in Masters Program / American Studies at University of south Florida. 1998/99.

Practical Entrepreneurship workshops, St. Petersburg College, Seminole Campus, Summer of 2008,.


Safety Harbor Museum of Regional History 2002-2003

Assistant Director. Coordinate and train docents and volunteers. Write promotional materials. Organize special events and museum displays. Track museum statistics. Prepare payroll, bank deposits, accounts receivable, accounts payable.

Great Explorations Hands-On Museum, 1995-1996.

Educator, Tour school groups - Pre-K through adult. Present special shows and outreach programs in Tampa Bay region.

Gulfport Public Library, 1990-1993.  Library Aide - PT. Develop and facilitate programs for adults and children including a Florida Humanities Council Speaker Series.

Florida Restaurant Exchange magazine. Designer / Director of Marketing. 1988-1990.

Americool Manufacturing Co., St. Petersburg, FL.  Designer / Director of Marketing.

1982-1988. Business was sold in 1988.

Hospitality Services, New Brunswick Community College, Fredericton, N.B. Canada  1979-1981.

Curriculum development for Hospitality Industry. Published report for the Canadian National Advisory Committee on Training. Revised the two year food and beverage management program for Community College. Supervised college extension programs. Conducted industry training to private industry/government agencies including  Kings Landing Historical Park, NB Coal, NB Marine Institute, Texas Instruments.


• Founding President/Director -  First Florida Frontiers.  1998- present

• Founding President/Director - Trail of Lost Tribes 2002  and  Secretary 2005-2006

• Gulfport Historic Preservation Committee 1998-2005.

• Founding President - Gulfport Arts Council - 1991-1993.

• Founding Member - Friends of Weedon Island 1990

• Founding Member and President - Florida Fiber Arts Guild 1988-1990


Historic Florida Militia, Panama Canal Museum, Seminole Wars Foundation, American Association for State and Local History


  1. Florida Frontier Gazette, publisher/editor 1998-2006.

  2. Tocobaga Indians of Tampa Bay, Recreation and Sports in Tampa Bay, Transportation in Tampa Bay, Lesson Plans for three

                Museum-in a Box created for St. Petersburg Museum of History, 2011-2012.

             • e-Musings, electronic newsletter for the Panama Canal Museum, 2004-2012.

             • Opening the Gates to Canal Cuisine - Cookbook of the Panama Canal Museum, 2006

  1. Pinellas News, featured Florida travel articles 1996-1998

Florida Anthropologist.  March 1996 and March 1997.

  1. Five Hundred Years of Women in Tampa Bay, Curriculum Guide for Safety Harbor Museum of Regional History 2001

• Florida Past Times - publication of the Florida Anthropological Society, 1996.

• Posters and bookmarks for Florida Archeology Week 1996, 1997, 1999.

Art in Archaeology – paper presented at Florida Anthropology Society annual meeting.

• Newsletter Editor - Central Gulf Coast Archaeology Society, Company of La Cruz,

   Gulfport Arts  Council, Tampa Bay Storytellers Guild, Wearable Art Guild of Florida.

Pioneer Sun - a publication of the Pinellas Pioneer Settlement.

• Weedon Island - Friends newsletter plus designed T-shirts, flyers, and billboard.

Gulfport Gourmet's cookbook - publication of Friends of Gulfport Library.