Manager and Curator
Carol Graham Beck joined the mansion staff as Curator in January 2002 and has been preserving and maintaining the integrity of the residence and its history ever since. In March 2011, Carol assumed an additional role as the Mansion Manager, coordinating all mansion events, as well as directing the kitchen, grounds, and housekeeping staff.
With undergraduate and graduate degrees in Art History from Rollins College (Winter Park, FL) and Emory University (Atlanta, GA), respectively, Carol has devoted her career to making educational programming a hallmark of her tenure. One of the most rewarding aspects of her curatorial role is working in concert with a diverse group of professionals, volunteers, and interested visitors. The Governor's Mansion Docent Program makes it possible for thousands of visitors to learn about and tour the Governor's Mansion each season--courtesy of 90+ devoted docents.
Carol is especially proud of two milestones accomplished during our 50th anniversary year: listing the Florida Governor's Mansion on the National Register of Historic Places on July 20, 2006, and publishing First Families in Residence: Life at the Florida Governor's Mansion in November 2006. Written by distinguished architectural historian, Ellen J. Uguccioni (Coral Gables, FL), the Florida Governor’s Mansion Foundation published the commemorative book and has made copies available for readers via public and university libraries across the state.
Both milestones ensure that the Governor's Mansion remains a cherished residence, the history of which is now more readily accessible for future generations.