Documentary Featuring UM Libraries’ Ralph M. Munroe Collection Wins Suncoast Emmy

The film explores the legacy of the Barnacle, the house built on Biscayne Bay by the American yacht designer and early resident of Coconut Grove.

Coral Gables (January 08, 2013) — Ralph Munroe’s Barnacle: Centerpiece of a Legacy, a documentary film that highlights the University of Miami Libraries’ Ralph M. Munroe Collection, has won a Suncoast Emmy Award for best documentary in the category “Nostalgia Program.”

The award was presented to the documentary’s producer, Debra Hall-Greene, at a recent ceremony held at the Westin Beach Resort and Spa in Fort Lauderdale.

The film explores the legacy of Munroe’s contribution with particular emphasis on the Barnacle, the house built on Biscayne Bay by the American yacht designer and early resident of Coconut Grove. The home, now The Barnacle Historic State Park, is the oldest house in Miami-Dade County still standing in its original location.

Joanna Lombard, a professor in UM’s School of Architecture, and Cristina Favretto, head of Special Collections for the UM Libraries, are featured prominently in the film.

UM’s Ralph M. Munroe Family Papers digital collection contains more than 1,200 items, including photographs of the Barnacle, a variety of boats, family, friends, and numerous South Florida scenes. Select correspondence and other documents are also available for viewing.

The Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is a prestigious organization that honors the region’s leadership for artistic, educational, and technical achievements within the television industry. These awards are an honor because submissions come in from television markets throughout the southeast region of the U.S., including Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Georgia, and Puerto Rico.


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