Robert (Bob) Hurst is a sixth generational Floridian. He has an educational background in archaeology. He holds a B. S. in Anthropology and Archaeology from FSU. He furthered his studies and earned a Postgraduate Academic Diploma in archaeology from the University of London. He has published numerous articles on Florida and local history in various periodicals. For many years he served as vice president and program chairman of the Historical Society of Bay County.