The Rural Electrification Story Presented at Havana Shade Tobacco Museum

Havana, FL – Seminole Electric Cooperative (Seminole) and its Member Talquin Electric Cooperative (Talquin), presented the rural electric cooperative story to visitors of the Smithsonian traveling exhibit, “Crossroads: Change in Rural America” at the Havana Shade Tobacco Museum.

Seminole and Talquin, sponsored an exhibit displaying the history of electric cooperatives. The exhibit begins with the Rural Electrification Act (REA) in 1936 and proceeds to modern-day initiatives such as rooftop solar and electric vehicle charging stations.

Guest speakers at the event included Carrie Durden, Talquin Board President and District 4 Trustee, Tim Waddell, Director of Water Services at Talquin, and Ryan Hart, Director of Communications and Energy Policy at Seminole.

“We always enjoy having an opportunity to share the cooperative story,” said Ryan Hart with Seminole. “Just like Talquin is a not-for-profit electric cooperative, Seminole is not-for-profit and governed by the nine Members it serves. Creating this exhibit for the community was a great honor and we look forward to continuing our partnership with the museum.”


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Based in Tampa, Florida, Seminole is one of the largest generation and transmission cooperatives in the country. Seminole’s purpose is to provide essential wholesale services to our Members through a balanced, diversified portfolio of safe, affordable, and reliable energy resources to its nine, not-for-profit, distribution electric cooperatives. Seminole and its Members collectively serve 1.7 million individuals and businesses in 42 Florida counties.

Seminole Electric is an equal opportunity provider and employer.