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Hello! My name is Shaye. I started working at Ybor City Museum State Park (YCMSP) approximately 5 years ago. I enjoy working at YCMSP because it is my history and heritage. I am a 2nd generation Tampanian whose grandfather helped build casitas in Ybor City in the 1940’s and worked at the American Can Co. at 22nd St. and Adamo Dr. This ties me to the community. I enjoy relating our park guest’s lifestyles to the lifestyles of people in Ybor City in its heyday. I love connecting people to the history of Ybor City. Working at YCMSP has helped me understand how history can affect the future. For example, Ybor City’s success was greatly influenced by the worker’s equality. I enjoy bringing this lesson of diversity and equality found in Ybor City to the guests of the museum. Ybor City’s success showed how anyone could be successful, regardless of their culture of origin. One of my favorite things to do at YCMSP, is guiding the La Casita tour. Doing so, allows a hands-on connection of history and sociology learned in the museum. However, what makes my day at YCMSP is inspiring the youth of our community about Ybor City’s rich history and how it connects to them. This is why I love being a Ranger at Ybor City Museum State Park.

Shaye Mowery, Park Ranger

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