KISSIMMEE, Fla., May 6, 2008 – The eight diesel generators that served generations of Kissimmee residents will be the featured subject of a new photography exhibit at the Southeast Museum of Photography at Daytona Beach (Fla.) Community College. The exhibition runs May 20 to September 6, 2008.
Titled “A Lifetime of Power,” the exhibition features 26 dramatic photos taken by Longwood photographer Ed McDonald at Kissimmee Utility Authority’s Roy E. Hansel diesel power plant. The photo display is the first in a new series of exhibitions which feature the photography of distinguished alumni from the photography studies program at DBCC. McDonald graduated from DBCC in 1984.
The generators and historic brick buildings that housed them were decommissioned on September 30, 2005 after 104 years of continuous service to the residents of Kissimmee. The KUA board of directors authorized the decommissioning of the units because they were no longer economical to operate. The buildings and adjacent property were returned to the city of Kissimmee in 2006.
The photos featured in the exhibit were originally taken for and featured in the utility’s 2005 annual report, which can be viewed online at http://www.kua.com/Corporate/Press/Reports/2005/2005_Annual_Report.html.
The Southeast Museum of Photography (www.smponline.org/power.html) is located at 1200 International Speedway Blvd. in Daytona Beach, three miles east of I-95. The museum is located in Building 1200. Admission to the museum is free; visitor parking is available.
Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 170,000 residents in five Central Florida counties.
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Chris M. Gent