Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Gulf Coast Heritage Association Inc aka Historic Spanish Point

  • Osprey, FL
  • www.historicspanishpoint.org

Mission Statement

The Association's mission is to connect people of today with 5,000 years of human history in southwest coastal Florida by preserving and interpreting objects and traditions significant to our region's past. The Association owns and operates Historic Spanish Point, which opened to the public in 1982. It features prehistoric shell middens dating back to 3000 B.C., a restored pioneer homestead from the 1880s, and the formal gardens of Mrs. Potter Palmer. A natural environment featuring over 200 species of native plants and a beautiful butterfly garden are also featured at the 30-acre site. Historic Spanish Point is one of the finest historic site museums in the country and is accredited by the American Association of Museums. The Association supports several major commitments: * Preserving Historic Spanish Point, a 30-acre site listed in the National Register of Historic Places. This site includes evidence of human experience spanning 5,000 years; while each period is significant, it is the sum total of human activity on one piece of land that makes this site unique. * Preserving the history and prehistory of southwest coastal Florida and communicating them in accurate and entertaining ways. * Contributing to the community's sense of place by providing a historical context for those qualities that have attracted people to this region for thousands of years. * Maintaining a responsible environmental ethic, fostering the preservation and use of native plants, and communicating the importance of the natural habitat to the community and its quality of life. * Encouraging, by example, the preservation of historic buildings, landscapes, and archeological sites. * Preserving and teaching the skills and crafts used in this region in the past. * Inviting people of all ages to experience the serene beauty of Historic Spanish Point.

Main Programs

  1. General services
  2. Pioneer Program
  3. Historical Interpreters
  4. Archaeology and Prehistory
  5. Engaging Seniors
  6. Outreach Programs
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Historic Spanish Point interprets 5,000 years of human history of southwest coastal Florida for residents and tourists to Sarasota County.

ruling year

1979

Principal Officer since 2013

Self-reported

Mr. John D. Mason

Keywords

Self-reported

Florida history, archaeology and prehistory; Florida environment; pioneer homestead; maritime heritage, Bertha Palmer; guided tours

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Also Known As

Historic Spanish Point

EIN

23-7366423

 Number

7369665270

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

History Museums (A54)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Historic Spanish Point's major accomplishments for 2014 include programs and services for visitors of all ages. The museum was open daily, providing educational and entertaining experiences for over 24,000 people, including over 3,600 school children. Highlights include a successful summer camp for nearly 1,000 children, late summer concerts on the White Cottage Lawn, fall "ghost" tours and outdoor movies, and the Holiday Lights with evening openings a special event held during November and December. Major accomplishments during the year included: rehabilitation of Cock's Footbridge, repaving existing shell pathways with architectural sand to improve accessibility to the site, construction of kayak racks to provide additional amenities to visitors, and the dedication of our latest attraction, Window to the Bay, which interprets how our pre-historic residents used plants in their daily lives and diets. Goals for 2014 include new strategic planning and board development so that Historic Spanish Point successfully builds on its past accomplishments. With federal funding, the museum's professional staff will continue to developcreative educational programming, to better connect seniors with the treasures preserved and intepreted at Historic Spanish Point.

Programs

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Program 1

General services

Historic Spanish Point features a wide variety of educational programs. Guided tours are offered daily, special programs are offered throughout the year including classes, speakers, and special demonstrations. Programs are designed for all ages and interests. The museum is open daily.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Other Named Groups

Other Named Groups

Budget

$100,000.00

Program 2

Pioneer Program

Historic Spanish Point has provided our Adventures in Learning curriculum to over 100,000 school children over the past 30 years. The Pioneer Lifeways program is designed for fourth grade students and features a curriculum booklet for each student for interdisciplinary classroom preparation prior to an experienced-filled field trip to our 30 acre outdoor museum. The 3-hour museum visit includes docent-guided tour, interaction with historic characters, and a hands-on activity.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$10,000.00

Program 3

Historical Interpreters

Historic Spanish Point continues its tradition of historical interpretation for the public. Our volunteer performers work tirelessly to bring the rich cultural history of our museum to life. Each year during the holiday and spring season visitors encounter historical figures who interact with the tours and answer all those pressing questions about what life was like in their time. Additionally, costumed interpreters are sent out by request to community organizations for presentations.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Other Named Groups

Budget

$6,000.00

Program 4

Archaeology and Prehistory

The Prehistoric People program is designed for third grade students and features a curriculum booklet for each student for interdisciplinary classroom preparation prior to an experience-filled field trip to our 30-acre museum. The 3-hour museum visit includes a docent-guided tour and hands-on activities in our outdoor archaeology dig site classroom.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$15,000.00

Program 5

Engaging Seniors

With significant grant funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Historic Spanish Point is creating new on-site and outreach programming designed to serve seniors as well as others with special needs. We have implemented contiuous-loop tram services, provide listening devices, and are working on additional access initiatives, including specialized tram tours and large print brochures. Outreach programming has continued to increase since the summer of 2013 and takes Historic Spanish Point to Independent and Assisted Living facilities, community organizations, and special needs groups.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Physically Disabled nec

Budget

$200,000.00

Program 6

Outreach Programs

Historic Spanish Point offers the opportunity to see and explore our history without having to travel to our outdoor site. Off site outreach programs include historical overviews, costumed interpretation, hands on exploration, and customized programs to meet the needs of a group or organization

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$12,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Historic Spanish Point interprets 5,000 years of human history of southwest coastal Florida for residents and tourists to Sarasota County.

Funding Needs

Gulf Coast Heritage Association, Inc., needs financial support from the community for essential work in the areas of historic preservation, environmental preservation, and program services. The top five most pressing needs are: 1. $50,000 to cover repair of critically deferred items e.g., associated with preserving the historic fabric of the museum. HVAC in the 1901 Guptill House and termite remediation in the 1927 Osprey School House. 2. $30,000 for the renovation of our centerpiece archaeological exhibit Window to the Past. The exhibit's audiovisual and lighting systems have exceeded their economic lives and the exhibit needs to be updated. 3. $30,000 for conservation and management of museum's collection of 18,000 historical objects. 4. $15,000 to complete the funding necessary to lay new blacktop over the museum's existing and seriously deteriorated soil concrete roads. 5. $30,000 to fund the first year's salary and benefits for an experienced Director of Development.

Accreditations

American Association of Museums - 10 Year Accreditation

Affiliations + Memberships

American Association of State and Local History

AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals)

Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County

Florida Association of Museums

Science and Environmental Council of Sarasota County

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GULF COAST HERITAGE ASSOCIATION INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Gulf Coast Heritage Association Inc aka Historic Spanish Point

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Principal Officer

Mr. John D. Mason

BIO

Executive Director John D. Mason has over 30 years of corporate experience in a variety of industries including: non-profit organizations, the U.S. Government, transportation, consumer products, information services, arts and entertainment. Before joining Historic Spanish Point in 2013, he had over 25 years of experience in consulting to the no-profit sector. Earlier, he directed international financial operations for the Motion Picture Association of America as Vice President, Finance. As Manager of Corporate Planning for The Dun and Bradstreet Corporation, John directed the annual corporate planning process and supported acquisitions activities. He began his corporate career at Consolidated Rail Corporation as Manager of Corporate Planning. Before attending business school, John served as a program officer for the National Endowment for the Humanities. John holds a BA from Amherst College, an MA from Claremont Graduate University and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Historic Spanish Point is one of the finest historic site museums in Florida. The institution is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, joining the top 5% of museums in the nation to have this designation. The museum is committed to providing quality educational experiences to visitors of all ages. Donors to Historic Spanish Point understand that the care of historic buildings and gardens is an on-going process that requires financial support. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Todd Stainbrook

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Term: Apr 2016 - Apr 2017

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