Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Oviedo Preservation Project Inc

  • Oviedo, FL
  • http://oviedotraditions.org

Mission Statement

TOPP's mission is to help people in and around Oviedo make well-informed decisions about preserving places, structures, and ideas that add value and character to our community. We bring history to life.

Main Programs

  1. Historic Preservation Calendar
  2. The Rising
  3. Citrus & Celery Cook-Off

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Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

Oviedo, Winter Springs, Chuluota, Geneva, and adjoining communities.

ruling year

2006

President/CEO

Self-reported

Megan Sladek

Keywords

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Oviedo, History, Cemetery, Tour, Walking, Hiking, Breakfast, Buildings, Old

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EIN

20-3064045

 Number

2961774767

Also Known As

The Oviedo Preservation Project, Inc.

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Economic Development (S30)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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We make history interesting and relevant by letting people experience history at work in their lives today.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Historic Preservation Calendar

The winners of the historic photo contest become part of our annual preservation calendar, which highlights history that we drive by and walk through every day. The calendars are circulated for free to 20,000 people in the community.

Category

Community, Business & Industry

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$10,000.00

Program 2

The Rising

Oviedo's Founders come back from the dead as the energy of runners fill them with life for this one magical weekend a year. The 5K route takes walkers and runners past ten Oviedo buildings eligible to be on the National Register of Historic Places, then breakfast is served (homemade buttermilk pancakes and eggs) while actors in costume (representing people from the town's past) interact with visitors and tell them about Oviedo's history.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

None

Budget

$27,000.00

Program 3

Citrus & Celery Cook-Off

The Cook-Off invites amateur chefs to introduce upwards of 30,000 people who attend Taste of Oviedo to the two crops that put Oviedo on the map.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$4,000.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    We make history fun.
    We make history. FUN!

    That's our goal....to engage the community in actively encountering history as a relevant part of our lives every day. Our goal is to make history fun, most particularly for kids 18 and under (though we strive to help older kids learn lots about the community as well). To do this, we invite people to be participants in events that (we hope) will go down in history as amazing days dedicated to sharing knowledge about Oviedo's history. Our goals range from preservation of historic buildings, to preserving historic landscapes and even preserving the health of our community's residents through actively engaging their bodies in movement (by exploring the history around them).
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Our strategy to introduce elements of history to the community at every public gathering that exists and to create a few of our own that are so entertaining on their own merit that people seek them out....then accidentally learn about history after having turned out for an event touted as pure fun. Our programming ranges from hosting a 5K that takes runners past several properties on the National Register of Historic Places to hosting a cemetery tour where live actors bring the stories of the town's founders to life. We also host the signature event at Taste of Oviedo, a cook-off featuring the two ingredients that history books assure us put Oviedo on the map (citrus and celery) and create a calendar that is distributed to students free at local schools to be used as a planner.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We are able to serve an incredible amount of people because of our use of technology. Many of our tours have been recorded and are available as self-guided historical walks. We can also accomodate educational efforts addressing audiences from 3 to 3000 at a time.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    To measure our performance, we gage the number of high school seniors who apply for our scholarships. This is a recent addition, but we expect that our penetration level into the education system will continue to improve now that we have nearly a decade of research and development under our belt to offer as classroom supplementation.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Each year, we survey those who have volunteered with the organization or been served by it. Though we are unable to get 100% participation in our electronic survey, the improved response rate shows that people continue to relate to the cause more and more.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

Oviedo, Winter Springs, Chuluota, Geneva, and adjoining communities.

Funding Needs

Contact us at 407-365-1433 or info@oviedotraditions.org to find out about our current needs.

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Oviedo Preservation Project Inc

Leadership

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President/CEO

Megan Sladek

BIO

Megan Sladek is a native of Oviedo who brings practical knowledge to the organization as an attorney and real estate broker. Megan has worked in the Real Estate Investments Office at the Massachussetts Institute of Technology, at a construction management firm in New England, and now as owner of her own real estate company. Her experience in the real estate industry helps her bridge the gap between the aspirational goal of historic preservation and the realities of economics, engineering, and current codes.

Megan holds degrees in Anthropology and English from the University of Notre Dame and a degree in law from the University of Florida, but it is her children who bring the most inspiration to her work with TOPP. Mother of two school-aged children, her goal is to make history bite-sized and appealing even to Oviedo’s youngest residents. Megan served as Editor of the Oviedo Voice newspaper, did background research for the Journal for Law and Public Policy (which covers Florida issues), and worked as a team member for the Working Waterfronts legislative initiative at University of Florida’s Center for Governmental Responsibility.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Megan Sladek

no affliation

Term: Jan 2009 - Dec 2012

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?