Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Osceola County Historical Society Inc.

  • Kissimmee, FL
  • osceolahistory.org

Mission Statement

The Osceola County Historical Society collects and preserves the county's history, and provides educational, research and recreational opportunities to foster an understanding and enjoyment of the area's cultural and natural heritage through museum displays, demonstrations, interpretive programs, and special events for residents and visitors.

Main Programs

  1. Traveling Trunks
  2. Art in the Archives
  3. Storytelling with Kari
Service Areas

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Florida

The geographic area which is served is primarily Osceola County residents, ranging from children to seniors, including several cities and towns throughout the county. OCHS also serves geographic areas from around the country, even around the world, by targeting the large tourist population who visit the Orlando/Kissimmee area every year.

ruling year

1990

Principal Officer since 2006

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Donnita Dampier

Keywords

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OCHS Pioneer Village Kissimmee museum nature preserve artifacts education Osceola County history

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EIN

59-2713072

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

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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Accomplishments: The Osceola County Historical Society opened the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek in November 2014, and the grand opening coincided with the best attended annual Pioneer Day celebration on record, with nearly 3000 residents and visitors in attendance. The organization also received two grants from the state Division of Cultural Affairs for $580,000 to continue the expansion of the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek. Attendance is up at both the Pioneer Village and History Museum. The Narcoossee Chapter of the OCHS has gained momentum, having increased membership, as well as creating several fundraising activities in order to restore the 1886 schoolhouse. The chapter received a 2015-2016 grant from the state Division of Cultural Affairs for $26,500 to restore the schoolhouse. They also set up a one day Arts, Crafts and Farmers Market Day. Our annual fundraiser, Dine with the Departed was expanded, so that we were able to have greater seating capacity thereby serving more guests. Goals: The top goal for the organization in the 2016-2017 fiscal year will be to complete the addition of a screened pavilion for programming at the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek, as well as construct three additional replica 1800s structures to enhance programming at that facility. The replica structures will include a schoolhouse, train depot, general store and church. The organization has increased its marketing efforts to attract more visitors, and is emphasizing community relevance with its outreach efforts. The organization will also diversify the programming offered this year, and is working to provide additional services to the Osceola County School District - specifically, the organization hopes to design and provide services to Osceola County literacy coaches.

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

Traveling Trunks

This educational program is designed to promote the area's history by bringing the history to the children. This opportunity is provided to Osceola County teachers who are able to borrow the "trunk" filled with artifacts, books, and other teaching aids to compliment the teacher's lesson plans on the subject. The trunks are provided at no cost to the area teachers, however, a small deposit it requested. This is a great resource to enable teachers to have history become alive, as some schools and classes are not always able to particpate in the field trip program to visit the grounds themselves.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$2,000.00

Program 2

Art in the Archives

The Art in the Archives programs are designed to combine art and history to create an immersive program for adults or children. The organization's first Art in the Archives programs were in conjunction with a Florida Highwaymen Paintings exhibit, and field trip groups who chose this special Art in the Archives option were able to create their own artworks in the Florida Highwaymen style. Seeing success with this initial program, the organization decided to offer this program with each of its temporary exhibitions, and added special after-hours programming for adults to visit the museum to view these temporary exhibitions and create their own works of art following the instruction of an expert artist. The organization plans to host Art in the Archives adult programming quarterly, and will continue to offer the activities associated with these programs as an option for field trip groups.

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Population(s) Served

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Program 3

Storytelling with Kari

The Osceola County Historical Society now offers a monthly new program: Storytelling with Kari. This program is designed to invite children ages 3-5 years old to learn about history and nature with books that coincide with the Temporary Exhibit Series.

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Population(s) Served

Budget

$1,000.00

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?
    The ultimate goal of the Osceola County Historical Society is to preserve Osceola County history and share it with community residents and visitors from all over the state, country, and world. The organization oversees the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum, the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek, and the Spence Pavilion and Research Center. These three locations offer a unique glimpse into the natural and cultural history of Osceola County, and the organization's goal is to share these unique experiences with as many people as possible while serving the community's needs in a meaningful way. As the sole organization devoted to the preservation of Osceola County history, the organization strives for excellence and wholeness in its representation of the county's natural and cultural history. A main goal of the organization is to complete the expansion of the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek, with the end goal being an interactive and complete village similar to what would have been available to Osceola County's early pioneer families and the Native Florida Tribes who lived in the area prior to these settlers' arrival. The organization received two grants totaling $580,000 from the Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs to construct five additional structures at this location, and will continue to raise funds to complete all planned structures for this location. Offering a variety of programming for Osceola County youth, including field trips and special events, it is a goal of the organization to keep costs for its programming at an accessible price point for all income levels. It is also a goal to design and provide additional programming for the community's youth, including a program to assist Osceola County literacy coaches. In the past, the organization has offered scholarships for summer camp to Osceola County students in need of a safe and fun place to go during the summer months, and it is a goal to continue with similar programming. Moreover, the organization hopes its facilities, social events, and programs will provide an environment for people in the community to engage in meaningful dialogue about life in Florida and Osceola County. In a rapidly changing community, it is the goal of the Osceola County Historical Society to show its community members that all residents, old and new, are an important part of the history in our county.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Above all else, it is important for the Osceola County Historical Society to bolster its community relevance in order to best serve the county's residents and visitors. One strategy to ensure this is an emphasis on the marketing of the organization's facilities and programs. The organization hired its first Marketing and Events Director in April 2014, and as of summer 2015, attendance numbers at all locations are up. Another way in which the organization bolsters community involvement is by providing free opportunities for residents and visitors to visit its facilities. Admission to the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum (featuring award-winning exhibits that explore Osceola County's natural, industrial, and cultural history) is always free for visitors. The Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek, another location maintained and overseen by the Osceola County Historical Society, opened in November 2014. The organization worked to double the number of historic structures on the site, moving the structures once located at what is now the Spence Pavilion and Research Center and joining them with four additional late-1800s structures salvaged and relocated from other parts of the county. These structures were fully restored and are available for public viewing 7 days a week for a small admission fee. The organization is working to make this experience more immersive and entertaining by constructing replica structures that visitors of all mobility levels will be able to enter and explore, experiencing a historic way of living firsthand.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The Osceola County Historical Society was founded by volunteers in 1949, and has a long history of passionate volunteer involvement. With a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of local business owners, local government staff and officials, and experts in the tourism and development industries, the organization is well-equipped to manage the construction of new facilities, evidenced by the successful completion of the first phase of the expansion of the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek.
  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

The geographic area which is served is primarily Osceola County residents, ranging from children to seniors, including several cities and towns throughout the county. OCHS also serves geographic areas from around the country, even around the world, by targeting the large tourist population who visit the Orlando/Kissimmee area every year.

Funding Needs

1. The organization is in need of volunteers to assist with programming and operations at the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek, the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum, and the Spence Pavilion and Research Center. These volunteer needs include tour guides, gardeners, and living history re-enactors. 2. The organization needs annual sponsors (at $5,000 or $10,000) for the Welcome Center and History Museum, as well as the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek. These annual sponsorships assist with programming and operations at these locations.3. The organization is looking to increase its membership, and needs members from the $50 individual level to the $1,000 corporate level.4. The organization needs books for the literacy program it hopes to offer to Osceola County School District literacy coaches. The organization staff estimates that the financial need to cover the cost for these books will be $2,500.005. The organization needs volunteers to assist with the oversight of its archives and artifact storage facility. This location is in need of reorganization following the Osceola County Historical Society's recent expansion and relocation.

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Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30

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Principal Officer

Donnita Dampier

BIO

Donnita received her BA from the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale in 1996. Prior to coming to the Osceola County Historical Society, she owned her own business, Dampier Designs in Kissimmee for 3 years. She has served as President of the Kissimmee Main Street Program and now sits on the Rotary Club of Kissimmee Board and Visit Florida Visitor Services Committee. She is also a member of the Small Business Association, Inc., in Osceola County. She resides in Intercession City with her husband and their eleven year old son.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The Osceola County Historical Society (OCHS) is an ever-evolving organization lead by an enthusiastic team of Board Members, Staff, and Volunteers. Our mission is to preserve the unique history of Osceola County and to share that history in many diverse and engaging ways with the residents and visitors of our county. OCHS is the only organization whose sole mission is to preserve and protect our county's past and our team takes that responsibility to heart. We take great pride in the organization's accomplishments and look forward to the challenges ahead."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

President Katrina Scarborough

Osceola County Property Appraiser

Term: Oct 2015 - Sept 2016

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