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Florida Division of Cultural Affairs Invites Public to Housewarming Event at Brokaw McDougall House

Thursday evening event to feature live music, a traveling Dalí exhibit and refreshments

Tallahassee, Florida –

Secretary of State Ken Detzner and the Florida Department of State’s Division of Cultural Affairs is inviting the public to visit the division’s new office space at the Brokaw McDougall House in Tallahassee. The housewarming event is Thursday, July 26, 2012, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Citizens for Florida Arts Inc., the event will feature live music by the Zach Bartholmew Trio, a traveling exhibition of Salvador Dalí prints from the Dalí Museum and refreshments.

"We are excited to welcome the public to our new offices in the Brokaw-McDougall House," said Sandy Shaughnessy, director of the Division of Cultural Affairs. "As Florida’s state arts agency, we understand the importance of this historic structure and feel a responsibility to ensure its preservation and legacy."

The Brokaw-McDougall House is one of the finest remaining antebellum homes in Tallahassee. The house is a Classical Revival building with strong Italianate influences. When first built in or around 1856, it was on the outskirts of town. Its original owner, Peres Bonney Brokaw, ran a prosperous livery stable business downtown and served in city government, the state legislature and in the Confederate Cavalry. His daughter married Alexander McDougall, then a recent immigrant from Scotland. Members of the Brokaw and McDougall families lived in the house until it was sold to the State of Florida in 1973.

About Dalí on Tour

Presented as a retrospective with significant examples from each of Dalí’s four main stylistic periods, the Dalí on Tour exhibit consists of exquisite photographic reproductions of works from the Dali Museum’s permanent collection.

About the Florida Department of State’s Division of Cultural Affairs

The Florida Department of State’s Division of Cultural Affairs is Florida’s legislatively designated state arts agency. The division promotes the arts and culture as essential to the quality of life for all Floridians. To achieve its mission, the division funds and supports cultural programs that provide artistic excellence, diversity, education, access and economic vitality for Florida’s communities. For more information about the division and its programs, visit