Winter Park Historical Association Inc.

Winter Park, FL   |  www.wphistory.org

Mission

The mission of the Winter Park Historical Association (DBA Winter Park History Museum) is to collect, preserve, promote and research the history of Winter Park and its surrounding area and to share that history with the public through educational programs and the operation of a museum. Through a free lecture series, history museum and outreach programs, the association fulfills its mission statement.

Ruling year info

1990

Principal Officer

Ms. Susan Skolfield

Main address

P.O. Box 51

Winter Park, FL 32790 USA

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EIN

59-1664195

NTEE code info

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

History Museums (A54)

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Our programs

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Winter Park History Museum Exhibition

"Wish You Were Here: The Hotels & Motels of Winter Park", showcases the hotels and motels of Winter Park throughout the city's history. This compelling display is brought to life in an interactive 1950s hotel lobby, victorian child’s playroom, motel room, and the iconic Langford Hotel Bar. The exhibition opened June 7th, 2018 and will run through June 6th, 2020. Museum hours are Tuesday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Population(s) Served

Speaker Series - Our yearly speaker series, held monthly from September through April, highlights the heritage and culture of the city of Winter Park by hosting authors, professors and historians who share their stories and experiences. This series is presented at the Welcome Center. Free to the public, these programs are designed to support our history and also to reinforce the sense of community through our shared heritage. Our Speakers’ Series also brings people to the downtown district every month. One program each year is now dedicated to capturing by video the “stories” of a cross‐section of Winter Park citizens.

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Our costumed character Penelope, Princess of the Peacocks, gathers together children and caregivers at the Winter Park Farmer's Market for a fun-filled time of singing, dancing and learning about the rich history of Winter Park. Penelope explains how the peacock came to represent Winter Park, and she encourages the youngsters to learn more about our city's rich heritage. Many caregivers and their toddlers attend every week and tell their friends about the Winter Park History Museum and its programs. 

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This annual event is held in collaboration with WUCF TV (Central Florida PBS). This event commemorates the life and legacy of Mr. Fred Rogers with educational activities for children and a meet and greet with the PBS character Daniel Tiger, whose show Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood is the successor to Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood. It is a family friendly event that is free and open to the public.  

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This program brings children the opportunity to interact with and learn about older generations of household items that they might otherwise not be familiar with.

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Awards

Affiliations & memberships

American Association of Museums - Member 2011

National Trust For Historic Preservation 2011

Rollins College Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership Center 2011

Chamber of Commerce 2011

Florida Association of Museums 1992

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Our operational goal is to make every Winter Park citizen aware of the Winter Park History Museum as a community asset and city history authority. We plan to achieve this through the highest quality of exhibitions and extensive community outreach. Every great town values and safeguards its heritage. The Winter Park History Museum strives to collect, preserve, promote and share the rich history of Winter Park. Since 1995 we have maintained and staffed our city's history museum, open five days a week, at no charge to the public. Our goal is to preserve the stories, moments, memories and artifacts of life in our town. The museum protects and safeguards our shared history and extensive archival collection. It is our goal to make the museum experience highly interactive and engaging for all generations.  In support of this effort our pre-K programming (Penelope, Princess of the Peacocks) creates a positive experience for their first museum exposure and connects them at an early age to their heritage.  Our educational goal is to reach a diverse adult population and we do so in the museum and with our speaker programs, which highlight the rich history of our region with engaging speakers, including local professors and authors. The Winter Park History Museum also collaborates regularly with other area non-profit organizations such as Casa Feliz, The Hannibal Square Heritage Center, WUCFTV (local PBS), Rollins College, Crealde School of Art and the Polasek Museum, resulting in a broader outreach to area residents with diverse interests.   

Strategies Accomplished:WPHM is committed to broadening our appeal to diverse audiences. STATUS: With the launch of the new exhibition, a interactive experience showcasing the hotels and motels of Winter Park, the museum is greeting many first time visitors and organizations, such as assisted living residents, veterans and hospitality students.  WPHM will identify and fulfill necessary staff needs and positions STATUS: A Rollins student internship program has helped increase staffing on special projects. The need still exists for development personnel and volunteer management.  WPHM is committed to partnering with organizations outside of Winter Park to broaden our audience. STATUS: In 2018 the WPHM again collaborated with WUCF TV (Central Florida PBS) on our 4th Annual Be My Neighbor Day, held in Winter Park's Central Park. This yearly event has been more successful than we predicted. In 2018 we had over 5,000 attendees. Years 2018-19: In 2018-19 the WPHM will begin rebranding with a new logo and website redesign. STATUS: Funded with a $5,500 matching grant from the Central Florida Foundation and project is moving forward. By 2018 The WPHM will have a stronger, more active and more diverse board.  STATUS: We have had several recent additions to the board, bringing in new and diverse skill sets, including accounting, legal and nonprofit management. Years 2019-20: By 2019 the WPHM will have increased its membership to 300 families. By 2020 WPHM will have a fully developed and active planned giving program. By 2020 the WPHM will be less dependent on city funding as we will have expanded our revenue through increased memberships, and family and foundation grants.

1. WPHM is the city’s only history museum. It is open to the public five days a week and provides innovative and engaging exhibitions. 2. Community events, including the WPHM exhibition grand opening and the holiday party, are very popular with generally 300 or more attendees. 3. The Children’s Program – serves as an introduction to Winter Park history. Pre-schoolers and their parents attend the Monday morning Penelope: Princess of the Peacocks show throughout the year. 4. WPHM’s annual Peacock Ball (2018 will be the 12th annual) has evolved into an important community event, as well as our major fundraiser, and has sold out each year. 5. Historic Walking Tours information and maps are provided at the museum where the walk begins. 6. Annual speaker series features authors, historians and story tellers. 7. WPHM provides the only archival repository of historic items of Winter Park life which have been collected, archived, preserved and secured in temperature-controlled storage. 8. Successful collaborations with other agencies include:Rollins College, Crealde School of Art , Casa Feliz, Hannibal Square Heritage Center, Winter Park Magazine, WUCFTV (local PBS), Winter Park Magazine, Winter Park Public Library, Winter Park Art Festival, and the Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens. 9. A detailed quarterly report of measurable outcomes is issued to the City of Winter Park, our largest funder.

Risk: 1. Budget – WPHA is dependent on limited financial sources 2. Staff size – WPHA is currently under staffed and does not have the financial resources to hire staff in needed positions. Strategies to Mitigate Risks: 1. Diversify funding sources through grants, retail gift shop merchandise and sales, and through membership and family foundations. 2. Increase staff as we increase budget, with prime consideration for staffing dedicated to increasing resource development capabilities.

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Winter Park Historical Association Inc.

Board of directors
as of 12/13/2019
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Board co-chair

Patricia Schoene

Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida

Term: 2019 - 2021


Board co-chair

Lee Nimkoff

Brio Properties

Term: 2017 - 2020

Annie Manatad

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Elizabeth Cleary

VOA Associates Inc.

Lee Nimkoff

Partner of Brio Properties

Deb Kalish

Acord Bliss, LLC (business development firm)

Alisha Nicholl

Betsy Owens

Vanessa Felix

Ivan Lys-Dobradin

Sarah Grafton

Grafton Wealth Management

Paul Twyford

Winter Park Distilling Co.