Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Historical Society of Central Florida

  • Orlando, FL
  • www.thehistorycenter.org

Mission Statement

The Society's mission is to preserve Orange County and Central Florida heritage by providing resources to help maintain the Orange County Regional History Center where history is learned through exhibits and educational programs.

Main Programs

  1. Education
  2. Collections
  3. Community Focus
  4. Family amd Adult Programs
  5. Exhibits
Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

In our visitor surveys, we see many people who visit from out-of-town while here on vacation. In addition, we see newcomers to the area who look to us as a resource to learn about their new home. Students from UCF and the local colleges visit our research library for projects. Neighbrohood groups oten use our archive to research historic properties. And, of course, we educate thousands of school children each year.

ruling year

1971

Principal Officer since 2015

Self-reported

Michael Perkins

Keywords

Self-reported

Orange County Regional History Center, Historical Society of Central Florida, Museum, Exhibits, Arts and Culture, Education, Artifacts, Camps, Children's Programs, Adult Programs

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EIN

59-1860444

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

History Museums (A54)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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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Most significant activities FY13-14 The Historical Society of Central Florida, Inc., in partnership with Orange County, FL and philanthropic supporters, hosted 77,924 visitors in 2013-2014 engaging them in educational and experiential activities and exhibitions and programs. There were 180 Summer Camp scholarships provided to area youth. These Summer Camp scholarships included 5 days of curriculum-based programming and healthy lunches. Additionally, almost 700 area youth participated in these educational and fun Summer Camp programs focusing on Central Florida history and culture. We served students in public, private, and home schools with curriculum-based tours through the museum as well with our History On the Go, a program we take to the schools. The Historical Society of Central Florida, Inc. hosted two traveling exhibits. February through April 2014 we hosted an international exhibition, The Art of Warner Bros. Cartoons interpreting how these animated short films were turned into pop culture icons. Educational programs for families and adults included a Saturday Morning Cartoon program, a Date Night, and Trivia Night. August through November 2014 we hosted the national exhibition Reel to Real: Gone With The Wind showcasing one of the largest privately held collection of memorabilia. Educational programs included Trivia Nights, Date Night, Brunch with a film on the Casting of Scarlett O'Hara, and a partnership with the Enzian Theater for a screening of the movie for the 75th anniversary. Exhibitions: Our exhibitions team traveled 3 of our custom-made Central Florida history exhibition - Against All Odds: The Art of the Highwaymen traveled to Daytona-Museum of Arts & Sciences, Indianapolis-Museum of Contemporary Art and Tampa Bay-History Center with a combined visitation of 17,920. In addition to the annual programs such as Trick or Treat Safe Zone and Holiday in Heritage Square, we also hosted a Civil Rights Anniversary program. These programs are free to the community and provide activities for children and adults highlighting our rich cultural history as well as community partners such as Florida Dairy Farmers, Clare and the Chocolate Nutcracker, local high school theater groups, and elementary school choirs. Collectons: More than 60 donations were received in 2013-2014 and some of the significant collections included Berl Brechner's materials, a Central Florida Fair collection of photographs, and the Peabody Orlando collection. Additionally library and archive staff assisted over 400 community members on research projects as well as some corporate archival projects including the Orlando Museum of Art. Sales & Events: The Museum offers over 60,000 square feet of viable rental space for meetings and special events. Throughout the year, the museum has hosted around 200 different types of events ranging from the elegant weddings to full scale museum buyouts. In addition to facility sales, the unit conducts travel and tourism outreach to domestic groups and concierges. Marketing efforts were diversified to enhance awareness of the Orange County Regional History Center and services provided by the Historical Society. A social media campaign engaged hundreds of followers through Facebook and Twitter with crowdsourced selection of the 100 Icons of Orlando. In March, 2105, a new executive director was appointed by Mayor Jacobs, promoting long-time History Center employee, Mike Perkins. Plans for the immediate future include assessing the current admission pricing, creating a new membership strategy, and creating an advisory board for the Society, and focusing on marketing to the dowtown area. Long-term plans include refurbishing three floors of permanent exhibits.

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

Education

As the support organization to the Orange County Regional History Center, the Society has raised funding for The History Center's educational programs that link directly with the museum's mission: We Honor the Past; Explore the Present; to Shape the Future. The History Center serves students with guided tours, afterschool programs, day camps, camp-ins and outreach programs, which compliment school curriculum and conform to Florida State Standards. All programs undergo formal evaluation processes to maintain relevance to our audiences. During on-site programs trained docents lead the tours, which feature live character cameo actors. Historic Courtroom B provides students ""role playing"" trial experiences through mock trials. Outreach programming, such as History on the Go has increased due to cuts in field trip and bus funding by local schools. The programs bring history to life for students in their own environment through interactive activities, short one-act plays, puppet shows and curriculum materials. We also provide lesson plans for teachers, available online.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$192,196.00

Program 2

Collections

The historical collection of artifacts are owned by the Historical Society of Central Florida. The collection documents local history and serves as the basis for the museum's exhibits and educational programs. It consists of 10,000 three-dimensional objects, 16,000 photographs and postcards, a vast archival collection and research library. Central to the collection is the 1927 neoclassic courthouse itself, with historic interior rooms such as Courtroom B. The Joseph L. Brechner Research Center at the History Center is the only resource of its kind in Central Florida, and consists of more than 6,000 volumes including city directories, school yearbooks, building permits, voter registration records, and a large collection of maps. A recent donation of over 800 citrus labels makes the Research Center one of the largest holders of citrus labels in the State of Florida. The material housed in the Research Center is widely utilized by the public and by researchers in all fields including students, professors and journalists.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$31,536.00

Program 3

Community Focus

The History Center reviews the needs of the community through feedback from Members, school partners, parents, minority groups, and community advisory committees to develop effective programs and exhibitions. We also provide opportunities for families and children with scheduled free days through out the year. Scholarships and discounted summer camp registrations are available to children from Coalition for the Homeless, Great Oaks Village and other economically disadvantaged in Central Florida. The museum also hosts free events such as the Halloween Safe Trick or Treat Zone and Holiday Light Up Heritage Square which feature activities for parents and children.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Adults

Budget

Program 4

Family amd Adult Programs

Our programs for adult and family audiences range from community celebrations to formal programs featuring experts on particular topics of interest. Educational programs include curriculum-based school tours, spring and summer camps, boy and girl scout workshops, themed community events, evening lectures, such as Trick or Treat Safe Zone and Holiday in Heritage Square. Through community support 180 scholarships were provided for full week summer camps with lunches provided. Additionally, summer camp programs generated an average growth in knowledge over 22%. Our History on the Go programs which bring curriculum-based school services to area schools, 75% of them were Title I schools.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Other Named Groups

Budget

Program 5

Exhibits

The permanent exhibits of the History Center tell of the historic growth and development of Central Florida-from prehistoric to the present. They relate directly to the state standards for Florida History, which are reinforced by programming and learning materials. These exhibits are regularly updated and improved through installation of audio-visual components and additional artifacts and text, as we focus on different aspects of our history. We also transform exhibits to travel with the goal of expanding to additional audiences statewide and nationally. Rotating exhibits focus on Florida's national and global relationships, providing along with the permanent galleries the framework for education programs of national stature. The awarding of national accreditation and National Smithsonian Affiliate status has allowed the museum to host historically significant archival material and artifacts such as one of five extant Emancipation Proclamation documents signed by Abraham Lincoln.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$274,818.00

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?
    The Historical Society of Central Florida has several goals, chief among them is to provide financial support for the Orange County Regional History Center's operations. As such, we are involved in numerous education programs, permanent and travelling exhibits, and community programming. Ten years ago, the historical society of Central Florida began holding its annual event that honored individuals who have changed the face of our community. Named after our hometown astronaut hero, the John Young History Maker Celebration has served as a way to recognize our local history making leaders who have changed the face of Central Florida and our way of life. In addition to honoring a present-day history maker, the historical society recognizes a past history maker, and a future history maker. The John Young History Maker Celebration has since turned into the signature fundraising event for the organzation raising tens of thousands of support dollars.Our goals over the next few years:Increase membershipIncrease attendanceIncrease visibility within the downtown areaBecome a destination for visitorsRefurbish current exhibits
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    In 2014, the Historical Society underwent an extensive operational audit which included new bylaws and board policies, an HR audit resulted in new classifications for employees, a financial audit resulted in new financial controls, and a complete overhaul of how donations are processed and stewarded -- the Society can say with confidence it now operates under best practices.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The Orange County Regional History Center and the Historical Society is now operating under full staff capacity after several years of key open positions.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Not available.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

In our visitor surveys, we see many people who visit from out-of-town while here on vacation. In addition, we see newcomers to the area who look to us as a resource to learn about their new home. Students from UCF and the local colleges visit our research library for projects. Neighbrohood groups oten use our archive to research historic properties. And, of course, we educate thousands of school children each year.

Funding Needs

The Historical Society, as a supporter of the Orange County Regional History Center, seeks partners to:-Renovate and refresh the 15 year-old permanent exhibits which are located on three floors of the museum-Find funders who will help us support free programming for underserved school children-Increase attendence-Grow membership-Increase outreach to the Hispanic and African-American populations

Accreditations

American Alliance of Museums

Affiliations + Memberships

Smithsonian Museum - Affiliate

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HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Historical Society of Central Florida

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Michael Perkins

BIO

Michael Perkins has over 20 years' experience as a museum professional. Perkins currently manages a multi-million dollar public-private partnership between the Historical Society of Central Florida and the Orange County Regional History Center; entities that jointly operate the history museum located in the restored 1927 courthouse in downtown Orlando. Perkins has been with the Center since early 1995. He began his career as a volunteer and special events coordinator and rapidly advanced to curator of exhibits. A year later he was promoted again to project manager for the new Orange County Regional History Center. He worked with architects on the design, development, and construction of the permanent exhibits. Over the past 20 years he curated more than 15 major national exhibits, 60 smaller exhibits and countless public programs related to exhibits. A particular focus of Perkins' work now is on implementing a complete overhaul of the 15-year old permanent exhibits. He believes the Center needs upgrading to include under-told stories of the Hispanic, African-American, and Asian populations that are not well-represented in the current galleries. Perkins holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration from UCF and two undergraduate degrees; one in History and one in Business Administration both from Michigan State University. He has a passion for golf and American history.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The Historical Society of Central Florida works in parnterhsip with Orange County to mange the Orange County Regional History Center. Orange County Regional History Center is recognized as a leader in arts and culture in our region. The History Center is fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, which is the highest honor a museum can receive. The museum is also an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution-a privilege, which recognizes select organizations for having goals compatible with the Smithsonian mission and requires a continued high standard of excellence that is synonymous with the Smithsonian's exhibition presentation and museum education."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Jeff Jakubik

Orlando Federal Credit Union

Term: Oct 2015 - Sept 2016

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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