Manager and Curator

Curator - Carol Beck

Carol Graham Beck joined the mansion staff as Curator in January 2002 and has been preserving and maintaining the integrity and history of the residence ever since. In March 2011, Carol assumed an additional role as the Mansion Manager, coordinating all mansion events as well as working in concert with the kitchen, grounds and housekeeping staff.

With graduate and undergraduate degrees in Art History from Emory University (Atlanta, GA) and Rollins College (Winter Park, FL), 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 museum professionals, trained volunteers and interested visitors. The Florida Governor’s Mansion Docent Program makes it possible for thousands of visitors to learn about and tour the residence year-round every year.

Carol is especially proud of several milestones accomplished with the support of the Governor’s Mansion Foundation. On July 20, 2006, the Florida Governor’s Mansion was listed in the National Register of Historic Places. During the same year, First Families in Residence: Life at the Florida Governor’s Mansion was written by distinguished architectural historian, Ellen Uguccioni, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the residence. On the occasion of Florida’s 500th Anniversary in 2013, Carol assembled a talented team to help create Viva La Florida: Simple, Fresh and Elegant Recipes from the Florida Governor’s Mansion. Inspired by painter Christopher Still’s masterpiece entitled La Florida, the book includes stunning photographs of the artwork that features many of the mansion’s most historic objects. In addition, it includes updated photographs of the  rooms in which so much Florida history has been made for the past sixty years.