We endeavor to:
Preserve, Educate and Connect

Friends of the Jack Kerouac House, Inc. is dedicated to restoring, maintaining, preserving, and protecting the Jack Kerouac house located at 5169 10th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, Florida, 33710 and for related historic, educational and charitable purposes regarding the life, literature, and legacy of Jack Kerouac. We will endeavor to:

  1. 1Preserve the integrity of the house as a historic resource connected to 20th century literature
  2. 2Educate the public and facilitate study of Jack Kerouac and his style of writing
  3. 3Link St. Pete and Kerouac on the world’s literary stage permanently. 

Heidi Horak is a real estate and probate attorney, maintaining an active real estate, probate and land planning practice in St. Petersburg, Florida. She has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1990, Florida Bar Board Certified in Real Estate Law, as well as admitted in New York Bar in 1997. In 2012 she completed her LL.M. in Environmental and Land Use Law from University of Florida Levin College of Law and is actively consulting in the land-planning arena in Central Florida.

She read “On the Road” by Jack Kerouac in 1982, and couldn’t put it down. Since 2003, Ms. Horak has pursued a personal interest in historic preservation of mid-century architecture and culture, frequently attending statewide historic preservation conferences, and working locally to raise awareness of the value of the mid-century roadside hotels and motels in Treasure Island, Florida, where she served as a member and chair of the Planning & Zoning Board for many years.

Florida native and award-winning writer Peter B. Gallagher has been penning stories and performing his prize-winning songs about Florida for more than 35 years. His Vanishing Florida series in the St. Petersburg Times, was the first newspaper environmental column, written as he toured throughout the state documenting Florida’s special people, places and things; through his investigative work for the Times and the Seminole Indian Tribune, he helped free migrant farm-worker James Richardson after a wrongful conviction for murdering his seven children and brought worldwide exposure to the tragedy of Rosewood, an entire town of black people destroyed in one night by racist vigilantes; he founded Save the Florida Panther, Inc. and, through his advocacy and writings, helped keep alive the plight of the endangered Florida Panther.

He has worked more than 21 years for the Seminole Tribe of Florida, operating their communications department and producing large-scale, national entertainment events for the tribe. From 1981 until 1998, he managed the comeback and second career of famed blues singer Mary Smith McClain and was the writer/producer on a film of her life called “Diamond Teeth Mary.” Pete was the winner of the first Will McLean Poetry Contest and is a double winner in the Live-Arts Peninsula Foundation’s “Floridian” songwriting contest. In 2010, author Stetson Kennedy presented Pete with his 2010 Fellow Man and Mother Earth Award. In `1996, he wrote and produced the acclaimed national public television documentary “Florida Folk Festival LIVE” Currently, Pete Gallagher co-hosts the Saturday Florida Folk Radio Show on WMNF 88.5 and, with his band the Florida Boys, co-hosts the weekly Tuesday Florida Folk Nights at the Old Key West Bar & Grill in St. Petersburg. He is the co-author of “Legends of the Seminoles,” a collection of the writings of famed Seminole storyteller Betty Mae Jumper. He is currently wrapping up a second volume of “Legends,” taken from interviews and notes given to him by Betty Mae before her death.

Born and raised in St. Petersburg, FL, Jessica Brasseur returned to her hometown after receiving a B.F.A. from the University of South Florida. In her undergraduate career, she conducted a research project which investigated how Paris played a role in the common themes of both the Cubist and Beat movements. She is looking forward to bringing light to Friends of Jack Kerouac House's efforts while speaking about the project at the 2018 European Beat Studies Conference in Vienna, Austria.