DigitalFGCU Exhibitions

A Virtual Gallery Experience

Our DigitalFGCU Exhibitions site connects our digital content to the gallery experience by adding descriptive narratives and multimedia to help tell the story of our special collections.

Browse Exhibits (2 total)

Dead Men Do Tell Tales: The William R. Maples Collection

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Dr. William R. Maples (1937-1997) was a world renowned forensic anthropologist who oversaw the C.A. Pound Human Identification Laboratory at the Florida Museum of Natural History. The collection includes images and documents pertaining to his many high profile cases, including identifying the real skeleton of Francisco Pizarro, whose bones were thought to be safely tucked away in a crypt for over 80 years, and his most famous investigation, identifying the remains of the Romanov family who were executed in 1918 and were not uncovered until the late 80s. It would be Maples who would finally identify the skeletons and allow them to be put to rest.

Україна: Ukraine - The Maniichuk-Brady Collection of Socialist Realist Art


Україна: Ukraine - The Maniichuk-Brady Collection of Socialist Realist Art features works by Ukrainian artists painted during the decades following Stalin and preceding the fall of the U.S.S.R. (1953-1991). Initiated by Stalin, artists throughout the Soviet Bloc were classically trained in realist and socialist realist styles, and commissioned to create works portraying an idealized existence behind the Iron Curtain. Upon Ukraine’s independence in 1991, the official art of the Soviet period was discredited as propaganda and the paintings were subjected to systematic destruction.

In the mid-90s, Jurii Maniichuk, a Ukrainian-American working for The World Bank in Kyiv, began collecting these endangered works. The exhibit Україна (Ukraine in the Cyrillic alphabet) showcases a portion of the nearly 150 Ukrainian works rescued and conserved due to Maniichuk’s efforts.