Arts, Culture, and Humanities

NAVAL AIR STATION FORT LAUDERDALE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION INC

  • Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • http://nasflmuseum.com

Mission Statement

Educating. Preserving. Honoring our Heroes. Our mission is to develop and maintain a national and internationally recognized naval aviation museum that educates young and old alike, to preserve history by honoring the memory of Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale and the men & women who defended freedom during World War II.

Main Programs

  1. Flight 19 Memorial Ceremony
  2. Veterans History Project
  3. Online-Only Exhibits Program
  4. Volunteer Program
  5. Navy Heritage Program
  6. Museum Docent Program
  7. Museum Publications
  8. Memorial Brick Program
  9. Social Media Program
  10. Internships
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

The Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum is located next to the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and the Port Everglades Terminals. It serves the South Florida Region: Broward, Miami/Dade, and the Palm Beaches.

ruling year

1994

Museum Director since 2012

Self-reported

Dr. John D. Bloom, Jr. M.D.

Historian since 2012

Self-reported

Dr. Anthony Atwood

Keywords

Self-reported

naval aviation, world war II, naval air stations, history museum, flight 19, aviation mysteries, george h.w. bush, places to visit, tourist destinations, historic places

Notes from the Nonprofit

The Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum is still very much a Work-in-Progress. We need all the help available outhere. If you are interested in preserving a gem, an historic landmark, and a one-of-a-kind place, please help us. There is still much work to do to bring excellence to this Museum. Your input, your effort as volunteer, donor, or advisor, will be invaluable. Be part of history! Please help us to educate, preserve, remember, and honor our heroes!

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Also Known As

Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum

EIN

65-0353567

 Number

1295827138

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

History Museums (A54)

Citizen Participation (W24)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

The Museum captures naval aviation's WWII heritage to bring its story of challenge, ingenuity and courage to the public. With the help of an all staff of dedicated volunteers, this Museum has been instrumental in preserving the memory of Flight 19, one of the great aviation mysteries. Flight 19 flew out of NASFL on 5 December 1945, to vanish into the Bermuda Triangle. In addition, 19 year old future US President George H. W. Bush lived at this base as an Ensign to train as a torpedo/bomber pilot. Since then, the vast complex of buildings that housed the air base have been all demolished. All, except for the Link Trainer Building #8 (current Museum). This building is on the National Register of Historic Places, a Florida Heritage Site, the only Military Museum in Broward County, and the only remaining structure from WWII left on the naval base property.

Programs

Self-reported by organization

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

Program 1

Flight 19 Memorial Ceremony

Flight 19 is an annual memorial ceremony that attracts local, national and international visitors. It is a public event celebrated on the grounds of the Museum, to commemorate the disappearance in 1945 of Flight 19 in the Bermuda Triangle, one of the great aviation mysteries. This ceremony also commemorates all the service members who died while serving at Fort Lauderdale during 1942 – 1946. Volunteers donate all materials, advertising, and help with set-up.

Category

Commemorative Events

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Military/Veterans

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$0.00

Program 2

Veterans History Project

The NASFL Museum Veterans History Project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war, with personal narratives, correspondence, and visual materials. This project is organized, executed, and curated by volunteers.

Category

Broadcasting

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

General Public/Unspecified

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$0.00

Program 3

Online-Only Exhibits Program

The Online-Only Exhibits Program at the NASFL Museum focuses on several themes of World War II. These collections are not displayed at the Museum. Artifacts that have been donated/collected, are curated by volunteer University Students and Museum volunteers. Each collection is then cataloged, archived and safeguarded. The artifacts for each exhibit, are only displayed online.

Category

Curatorial Work & Exhibitions

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

General Public/Unspecified

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$0.00

Program 4

Volunteer Program

The Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum is seeking volunteers to help continue its mission to inspire and educate future generations. Opportunities include assisting with special events and projects, membership and marketing activities, clerical work within the office, maintenance support and more! There are many opportunities to volunteer in the areas of history, curatorial, exhibit maintenance, administrative/clerical assistance, computers, general repairs, cataloging, landscaping, etc.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

General Public/Unspecified

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$0.00

Program 5

Navy Heritage Program

Program Goals: To create internal appreciation for Navy heritage. To create public awareness of Navy’s appreciation for its own heritage. Preservation by means of various restoration and organization projects.

Category

Historic Preservation & Conservation

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Military/Veterans

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

$0.00

Program 6

Museum Docent Program

To educate volunteer Museum Docent candidates in the history of the Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale, to be able to guide and present tours for visitors and groups.

Category

Cultural Heritage

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

General Public/Unspecified

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$0.00

Program 7

Museum Publications

Creating, editing and publishing newsletters, postcards, invites, and book publications.

Category

Journalism

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

None

Budget

$0.00

Program 8

Memorial Brick Program

Memorial bricks play an important role in preserving the spirit of naval aviation. The purchase of a paver will help to inspire and educate so that the Spirit of Naval Aviation remain alive for years to come. Memorial Bricks are engraved with a personalized message.

Category

Commemorative Events

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

None

Budget

$0.00

Program 9

Social Media Program

Website managing, and social media with the purpose of broadcasting the NASFL Museum nationally and internationally through blogs, travel sites, reviews, social media apps, and the Museum's official website.

Category

Media & Communications

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

None

Budget

$0.00

Program 10

Internships

Working with schools to provide experience in the field of history, preservation, research, and online media.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$0.00

Results

Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

1. Total number of guided tours given

Target Population
General/Unspecified

Connected to a Program?
Museum Docent Program
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Volunteer Docents give an average of 6 tours per day. We are only currently open 3 days a week. Sometimes we do open extra days, to accommodate tours for large, or special groups.

2. Number of periodicals distributed

Target Population
General/Unspecified, Adults, Aging, elderly, senior citizens

Connected to a Program?
Museum Publications
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
NASFL Museum publishes print and digital newsletters (2-3x yr). Blog articles, print books, and e-books from new writers are also published by the Museum (average 16 articles, and 1 book x year).

3. Number of small learning community opportunities offered to improve undergraduate student engagement

Target Population
Adults, Academics, Military personnel

Connected to a Program?
Internships
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
NASFL Museum provided opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students. Students engage in learning curatorial, archive, exhibit organization, and digital media. Average of 2-4 Interns x year.

4. Total number of works restored or preserved

Target Population
General/Unspecified, Aging, elderly, senior citizens, Families

Connected to a Program?
Veterans History Project
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
We preserve all WWII military artifacts donated to Museum. Naval art, books, diaries, manuals, militaria, and photographs are preserved and cataloged. Average of 60-65 artifacts are donated x month.

5. Hours of expertise provided

Target Population
General/Unspecified, Adults, Retired people

Connected to a Program?
Volunteer Program
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Volunteers provide expertise: 10-12 volunteers, 3 times a week. 12 hours a week per person. Average total of 5, 760 hours x year for 10 volunteers.

6. Average number of dollars received per donor

Target Population
General/Unspecified, Military personnel, Veterans

Connected to a Program?
Navy Heritage Program
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
We receive an average donation of $20 dls per visitor to the Museum. Benefactors have donated an average of $200 per donor.

7. Number of unique website visitors

Target Population
General/Unspecified

Connected to a Program?
Social Media Program
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
We receive an average of 150 - 200 unique visitors per day.

8. Number of volunteers

Target Population
Adults, Retired people, Students

Connected to a Program?
Volunteer Program
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
We average 10 - 12 volunteers on a regular basis. And there are several other volunteers that assist us on a sporadic base, for events, etc.

9. Number of meetings held with decision makers

Target Population
Academics, Retired people, Veterans

Connected to a Program?
Navy Heritage Program
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
The Board of Directors meets every 2 months.

10. Number of invitations for advocates to speak as experts

Target Population
General/Unspecified, Adults, Academics

Connected to a Program?
Social Media Program
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
The Museum hosts an average of 4 Luncheons a year, featuring expert Speakers in the fields of aviation, naval, history, military, and World War II.

11. Number of stories successfully placed in the media

Target Population
General/Unspecified

Connected to a Program?
Social Media Program
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Newspaper articles, are published an average of 2x yr, and also online news an average of 4x yr. Documentaries are broadcasted to the general public by independent producers an average of 1 per year.

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    To develop and maintain a national and internationally recognized naval aviation museum.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    -Outreach programs.
    -Expanding advertising and social media exposure.
    -Streamlined Exhibits.
    -Bi-monthly Luncheons.
    -Newsletters filled with museum updates.
    -Annual Flight 19 Memorial Ceremony (5 December), opened to the public.
    -Grant Proposals.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    - The dedication, passion, and enthusiasm of our volunteers.
    - A growing and supportive *membership roster (national and international).
    - Internship Program.
    - Keepers of one of the great aviation mysteries: Flight 19.
    - A one-of-a-kind place for documentarians, producers, and writers.

    *Our membership includes individuals from a variety of sectors: active military; veterans; government; business organizations; professionals; boy scout organizations; history, aviation, and naval enthusiasts; construction and engineering, and other sectors.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We have learned that students from Elementary school to College as well as adults from all walks of life, are fascinated about the history of Flight 19. They find our website and are interested to learn and research more. There is also interest in the stories from World War II veterans and we continue to record their biographies with our "Veterans History Project". We also learned that there is much interest in Florida at War, and learning more about former President H.W. Bush (who lived and trained at this base). And because the Museum has a one-of-a-kind history, there is always great interest about Flight 19. Every year the Museum is approached by media companies, producers, and writers. With various documentaries in the works every year, we have been able to expand our reach.

    We are learning that visitor's reviews are important and we developed a "Feedback/Comments Form" which visitors fill out. This gives us the opportunity to understand what is working and what is not. We also track online reviews from several travel or social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Trip Advisor—from which we recently were awarded a "Certificate of Excellence".
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    With an all volunteer staff we have accomplished the following for the NAS Museum:

    -Restoration of hallways and exhibit rooms.
    -Built an on-site library & research center.
    -Built an on-site gift-shop.
    -Updated office equipment.
    -Installed WiFi connection.
    -Expanded our website and social media presence.
    -Sorted and curated hundreds of WWII artifacts, documents, and photographs.
    -Restored a WWII Link Trainer Flight simulator.
    -Updated exhibit props.
    -Created and printed promo materials.
    -Built outdoor signs and banners.
    -Refurbished the wood railings, ramps, and steps of the building.
    -Installed the Historic Marker.

    We are in the process of the following:
    -Building an outdoor Memorial Garden.
    -Building a Memorial Bricks walkway.
    -WWII historical exhibit at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
    -WWII historical exhibit at Port Everglades.

    We have not yet accomplished the following:
    -Doors
    -Windows
    -New carpet for hallway
    -Improved lighting
    -Refurbishment of small kitchen
    -Outside gutters
    -Permanent Signage
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

The Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum is located next to the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and the Port Everglades Terminals. It serves the South Florida Region: Broward, Miami/Dade, and the Palm Beaches.

Social Media

Blog

Funding Needs

In order to secure this historic building against damage and for security reasons, we are in pressing need to replace the following: All existing windows (30) need to be replaced with hurricane protection windows. Exit doors (8) should be replaced as well for security reasons. Improved inside and outside lightning is necessary.

Accreditations

National Register of Historic Places

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Operations

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NAVAL AIR STATION FORT LAUDERDALE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION INC

Leadership

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Museum Director

Dr. John D. Bloom, Jr. M.D.

Historian

Dr. Anthony Atwood

BIO

Dr. John Bloom is a Gastroenterologist, and Internist in private practice in South Florida. He is on the Broward County Historical Commission, member of the FBI Citizens Academy, and on the local Board of the Selective Service. He has been a volunteer for the Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum since 2004.

STATEMENT FROM THE Museum Director

"Our mission is to develop and maintain an internationally recognized naval aviation museum that educates young and old alike, to preserve history by honoring the memory of Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale and the men & women who defended freedom during World War II."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Donald Prichard

Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Historical Association

Term: May 2015 - May 2019

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?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
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Race & Ethnicity
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Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
We support diversity, all members of the population can volunteer, provided they can do the work safely. Volunteers are given a volunteer manual, a background history, a tour of the facilities, and a supervisor explains their tasks. Each volunteer is introduced to the rest of the volunteers. Meetings are held every month to address concerns.