Historical Society of Central Florida
65 East Central Boulevard
Orlando FL 32801
Contact Information
Address 65 East Central Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32801
Phone (407) 836-8500
Fax (407) 245-0412
Web and Social Media
Donate with a credit card http://www.thehistorycenter.org
Mission
Mission

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.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Michael Perkins
Board Chair Mr. D Michael Driscoll
Board Chair Company Affiliation Aetna
History
IRS Ruling Year 1971
Former Names
NameYear
Orange County Historical Society1971
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph
 
 
Projected Revenue $879,558.00
Projected Expenses $872,666.00
Statements
Mission

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.

Impact

Most significant activities 2016-2017:

The Orange County Regional History Center (History Center or the Center) will host 70,000 visitors in 2016-2017. Exhibits include: Plastics 2/4-4/23/2017; Bobby Mastrangelo 2/4-4/23/2017;Camilo Vasquez 2/24-5/29/2017; One Orlando Exhibit 6/4-6/20/2017; The Weavers 6/24-10/08/2015; Vietnam w/WUCF-TV 8/19-11/10/2017; Hispanic Heritage 9/24-10/29/2017; Kehillah: A Century of Jewish Life in Greater Orlando 11/12-2/20/2018.

 

Immediately following the Pulse Nightclub shooting the History Center became the home for Pulse related memorabilia, ephemera, oral histories and artifacts. Over 5,000 items have been collected for the Center’s permanent collection. The process of cataloging, storing and digitizing each piece is expected to take years.

 

Education

The History Center educates approximately 17,000 children across the region by providing public schools with on-site and off-site educational programs that adhere to the State of Florida's Education Standards. All programming is vetted and regularly reviewed by staff as well as outside public teaching resources. These programs are made accessible to the widest audience possible at little or no cost.

 

 

Marketing

The History Center conducts a comprehensive marketing and communication audit, which helps to determine more effective ways to reach new markets. Because of these audits the marketing plan is continually refined to:

  • Focus on residents.
  • Include more targeted advertising to reach underserved audiences.
  • Embrace ongoing market research to evaluate member and visitation needs and preferences, and to discern underrepresented audiences in museum visitation.
  • Amplify public relations and social media marketing.
  • Conduct weekly analysis of attendance to maximize the media mix.
  • Provide customer service and diversity training for staff.

 

Independent Research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or program effectiveness? No
Needs

The Historical Society seeks partners to help fund the following initiatives:

 

  • Pulse Curatorial Assistance: To help process thousands of Pulse related artifacts. Total cost: $45,000 annually per curator.
  • Redesign and fabricate new exhibits to replace the History Center’s 15 year old permanent exhibit. Total cost: $6,000,000
  • Museum On The Go – A mobile museum designed to bring museum quality exhibits to schools across Central Florida. Total cost: $67,000
  • Exhibit Sponsorship – Title sponsors help underwrite the acquisition and installation of world-class exhibits. Total cost: $10,000 -$25,000 per exhibit.
  • Speaker Series features four prominent guest speakers on Florida history. Total cost: $10,000.
  • Bus Transportation: For 20 Title One schools which brings 2,400 underserved students to the History Center. Total Cost: $20,000
  • Innovation Series Pamphlets: Four history-based educational pamphlets that examine specific categories of Central Florida History. 20,000 pamphlets will be distributed to students attending on-site education programs and to community centers. Total cost: $10,000
  • Publication of Reflections Magazine: The quarterly magazine of Central Florida History. 2,000, four-color pieces per quarter. Total: $30,000.


Background

In 1957 the Orange County Commission and Judge Donald Cheney formed the Orange County Historical Commission to collect, record and preserve materials relating to Central Florida. This led to the founding of the Orange County Historical Society in 1971 to raise funds to build a permanent museum which opened in 1976 in Orlando Loch Haven Park.

In 1989 Orange County began centralizing the courts, and planning for a new courthouse began. A task force of community leaders, county and city officials unanimously recommended the development of the historically significant 1927 neoclassic courthouse as a regional history center. In 2000, the Orange County Regional History Center opened to critical acclaim and national awards. At the same time, the Historical Society changed its name to the Historical Society of Central Florida to reflect its service area.

In 2006 the Center was accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and was awarded National Affiliate Status by the Smithsonian Institution. Since its opening the History Center has hosted an annual series of nationally important exhibitions, and has welcomed tens of thousands of schoolchildren through its doors to learn about Central Florida history.

CEO Statement

The Historical Society of Central Florida works in partnership with Orange County Florida Government to manage the Orange County Regional History Center.

Orange County Regional History Center is recognized as a leader in arts and culture in the 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’s mission and requires a continued high standard of excellence that is synonymous with the Smithsonian’s exhibition presentation and museum education.

 
Board Chair Statement

The Historical Society is proud to support the Orange County Regional History Center as it presents the story of central Florida’s history in a fun and interesting way. The History Center uses thousands of images and hundreds of artifacts to tell the story of our history. As we look to refresh the History Center’s permanent exhibits the Society stands ready to assist and fully supports the plan to refresh and recreate the entire visitor experience at the Regional History Center.

The Society’s collection was enhanced this past year through the collection of thousands of memorial items from the various Pulse memorial sites that appeared following the tragic shooting at the Pulse night club on June 12, 2016. The Society has added well over 5,000 memorial items to the One Orlando Collection. These items tell the story of the community’s response to the shooting, and will serve as important pieces of the Society’s collection for decades to come. The Historical Society is proud to have played a role in preserving this part of the story of that horrible day, and is honored to be the caretaker of these treasured items.

 
NTEE Information
Primary Organization Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Primary Organization SubType History Museums
Secondary Organization Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Secondary Organiztion SubType Historical Organizations
Tertiary Organization Type Education
Tertiary Organization SubType Educational Services
Areas Served
Geographic Areas Served
FL - Brevard
FL - Lake
FL - Orange
FL - Osceola
FL - Polk
FL - Seminole
FL - Volusia
Visitor surveys show that many people visit the Center from out-of-town while here on vacation.  In addition,  newcomers to the area look to the Center as a resource to learn about the area. Students from UCF and the local colleges visit the Brechner Research Center to research classroom  projects. Neighbrohood groups often use the archive to research historic properties.  The Center educates 22,000 school children each year. 
Goals
HelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.

Goals

The Historical Society of Central Florida, Inc. serves as the chief support organization for of the Orange County Regional History Center. In this capacity the Historical Society raises funds to support the Center’s operations which include educational programs, permanent and traveling exhibits, community programs and events.

 

Strategies
HelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals?

Strategies

The Historical Society conducts fundraising activities throughout the year. These activities include:

  • Building membership programs.

  • Marketing to increase attendance.

  • Hosting the John Young History Maker Celebration.

  • Managing the History Center’s Courthouse Cup golf tournament.

  • Grant writing for private foundations, corporate foundations, state and federal agencies.

  • Raising corporate underwriting support for exhibits and events.

  • Soliciting support from individual donors including cash gifts, gifts in kind, and planned gifts.

  • Developing naming gift programs for permanent exhibits, galleries and classrooms.  

 
Capabilities
HelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals?

The Orange County Regional History Center and the Historical Society is now operating under full staff capacity after several years of key open positions. 

Partnerships with community agencies and service groups like the Orange County Public Schools, the YMCA, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and the Boys and Girls Club enhance the Center's on and off site education programs, summer camps and community outreach events.

 
Indicators
HelpHow will the organization know if it is making progress? What are the key qualitative and quantitative indicators against which the organization assesses its progress toward its intended impact?


  YTD FY 2016 YTD FY 2017 Variance
   

Total Revenue

 $           315,505

 $     480,871

152%

Earned

 $           232,322

 $     255,217

110%

Unearned

 $             83,183

 $     225,654

271%

 



 

New Members

                    70

               107

150%

Attendance

              42,351

        58,206  

137%

Students

 $             13,070

 $        14,638

112%

 
 

 

Progress
HelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far? As seen by the chart above the Center is tracking well ahead of last year in all key categories. Membership is lagging behind last year due to a seasonal adjustment to reflect a full calendar year.  A revitalized membership program is a key near term objective and will serve to secure future philanthropic support.
Programs
Description 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.
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Adults
K-12 (5-19 years)
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
1. Ensure enjoyment by future generations through professional maintenance of collection
 
2. Visitors should not only view history through the collections but be a part of it to gain a sense of place of our local heritage and community.

3. Allow researchers to connect with individuals from bygone eras to form a meaningful relationship to the community.
Examples of SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

Immediately following the Pulse Nightclub shooting the History Center Collections Department was tasked with collecting and preserving Pulse related memorabilia, ephemera, and artifacts. Over 5,000 items have been collected for the Center’s permanent collection. The process of cataloging, storing and digitizing each piece is expected to take years.


Description The History Center's community outreach efforts are orchestrated through an ongoing series of partnerships with local agencies and service organizations.  Partnerships and collaborations are an important part of the History Center's community engagement strategy and they happen across all departments. We also provide opportunities for families and children with scheduled free days through out the year. 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.
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Families
Adults
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. The History Center’s community outreach efforts are orchestrated through a series of local partnerships they include:
  • The LGB Community provides artifacts and oral histories for the One Orlando Collection.
  • Orange and Seminole County Public Schools provide access to students through field trips and the Center’s “History On The Go” program.
  • The Boys & Girls Club and the YMCA bring students to the Center for their summer camp field trips.
  • Orange County Public Library (OCPL) cross-promotion of community outreach programs and distribution for Reflections Magazine.
  • The University of Central Florida partners with the Center to apply for federal grants.
  • The GLBT Museum partnered with the Center to build an exhibit on the history of the LBG community.
  • The Jewish Community of Greater Orlando is collaborating with the Center to tell the history and heritage of the Jewish community.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
1. To provide underserved students the opportunity to experience learning outside the classroom who might not otherwise be able to participate for financial reasons 
 
2. To immerse economically disadvantage students in art & culture in order to foster self esteem and self expression
 
3. To become a collaborative community center and to ensure the ability for all to access our shared history, culture and art
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

Program success is monitored through on-site interviews, person to person collaborations and student and teacher surveys.

The Community Focus budget is included in the Education Program budget per most recent financial audit.

Examples of SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

Current programs that engage a diverse local community include: Boy and Girl Scout programming, themed birthday parties, and hands-on family events, such as our Trick or Treat Safe Zone, which draws over 3,000 visitors each year. This event, done in partnership with neighboring Orange County Public Library, is free to the community and provides a safe place downtown for children of all ages to trick or treat, collecting free candy and educational tools as they see the Center's exhibits and discover more about Central Florida history.

Description

The Center's programs for adult and family audiences range from community celebrations to formal program featuring experts on particular topics of interest to adult education programs.

Population Served Adults
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Families
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.

Short term success is monitored by the number attending each event and the diversity of the audience.

Adult and Family budget is included in the Education Program budget per most recent financial audit.

Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
1. Bring families together through engaging activities that can be enjoyed by all ages
 
2. Teaching children and families to value creativity and individuality by encouraging expression

3. Strengthening families by creating an environment for them to interact in
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Program success is monitored by attendance count, audience feedback and repeat visitors.
Examples of SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.  

The Center invited Talbert Gray, the first African American On-Air broadcaster in Central Florida, to speak. A marketing campaign targeted the African American community through print advertising, church bulletins, pod-casts and social media. Attendance shows that the audience was 68% African American and surveys provide contact information so that the Center can follow up and invite this audience to other events and programs.  

Description 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.
Population Served Adults
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
K-12 (5-19 years)
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. Short term success is measured by attendance.  Year-to-Date History Center attendance is 58,206 patrons which is 37% ahead of last year.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
1. Permanent exhibits tell the story of the historic growth and development of Central Florida to create a sense of pride, understanding, and connection

 2. Demonstrate the global connections Orlando has with the world through rotating exhibits

3. Reach additional audience to create awareness of Florida’s unique heritage by transforming exhibits to travel.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Exit surveys are used to determine what is working and what isn't.  Surveys tell the Center that visitors often view it as a "one and done" experience. With this in mind, the History Center constantly strives to bring in new, exciting and relevant exhibits to augment its permanent exhibits. 
Examples of SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
  • Plastics 2/4-4/23/2017
  • Bobby Mastrangelo 2/4-4/23/2017
  • Camilo Vasquez 2/24-5/29/2017
  • One Orlando Exhibit 6/4-6/20/2017
  • The Weavers 6/24-10/08/2015
  • Vietnam w/WUCF-TV 8/19-11/10/2017
  • Hispanic Heritage 9/24-10/29/2017
  • Kehillah: A Century of Jewish Life in Greater Orlando 11/12-2/20/2018.


Description

In 2017-18, the History Center will host on-site field trips reaching 17,000 students. Teachers choose from content areas for a tour that best meets their curriculum needs. Tours are docent-led and enhanced with “character cameos,” actors who portray characters from local history. Also, tours include a mock trial courtroom experience with tie-ins to permanent exhibits and hands-on workshops where students have the opportunity make butter and candles, sculpt a piece of pottery, or dig in a mini archaeology pit. 

Offsite programs are designed to visit individual schools. They include an assembly style play, History-on-the-Go: Plays, and classroom presentations, History-on-the-Go: Teach-In. The plays feature actors who bring history to life through performances based on Central Florida history. The Teach-In is a day-long program where museum educators provide history workshops in a classroom setting. These programs reach approximately 5,000 children annually. 


 
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Children Only (5 - 14 years)
At-Risk Populations
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.  YTD on-site and off-site education programs have reached more than 14,000 children.  This is an increase of 12% over 2016. 
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. Long term program success will be realized when resources are available to expand educational outreach beyond Orange county schools.  The near term goal is to expand into Seminole and Volusia county.   
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

Education programs undergo formal evaluation after every tour and are included in a yearly review with input from teachers, docents, tour guides, parents, and staff. Hope McMath has been contracted to evaluate the education program versus competing programs in the region and best practices in the field.

Examples of SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. Year-to-Date on-site and off-site education programs have reached more than 14,000 children.  This is an increase of 12% over 2016.  We anticipate reaching a total of 17,000 children and students by the end of the fiscal year (Sept. 2017)
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. D Michael Driscoll
Company Affiliation Aetna
Term Oct 2015 to Sept 2018
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair Lenny Bendo
Company Affiliation American Legion
Term Start Mar 2016 Sept 2018
Board
Board Members
NameCompany AffiliationsStatusCertificate*
Mr Lenny Bendo American Legion Boys StateVotingNo
Mr Jody Burtram Harbinger Capital PartnersVoting
Mr. Thomas A. Cloud Esq.GrayRobinson, P.A.Voting
Mr Ray Colado Commerce National BankVotingNo
Mr. Frank H. Cover Jr.JPMorgan ChaseVoting
Mr. D. Michael Driscoll Corporate Synergies GroupVoting
Ms. Nancy Gidusko Walt Disney World CompanyVoting
Mr. Chris Harne Killgore, Pearlman, Stamp, Ornstein & Squires, P.A.Voting
Ms Jessica Hoeschen Valencia CollegeVotingNo
Mr. Jeff Jakubik Orlando Federal Credit UnionVoting
Mr. Mark A. Jones Dr. P. Phillips HospitalVoting
Ms Hilary Marx McGladrey LLPVoting
Mr. Peter Reinert Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A.Voting
Mr. Kyle Shephard City of OrlandoVoting
Ms. Susan Weinstein Orlando Federal Credit UnionVoting
*This individual has been awarded a Certificate in Orientation to Board Service by the Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership at Rollins College ebi.rollins.edu,
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Other (if specified) 0
Policies
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 0%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Standing Committees
Standing Committees
Committee Name
Executive
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Board Governance
Finance
Audit
Comments
CEO Comments
It is important to note the Historical Society of Central Florida has completed a full legal audit of its bylaws, incorporation paperwork, review of the public-private operation agreement with Orange County, all fiscal policies, HR policies and development policies. 
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Michael Perkins
Term Start Feb 2015
Email michael.perkins@ocfl.net
Experience

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.

CEO Salary Range $75,001 - $100,000
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 6
Number of Part Time Staff 4
Number of Volunteers 0
Number of Contract Staff 5
Staff Retention Rate 79%
Senior Staff
Title Staff Accountant
Experience/Biography

Sharon Early –joined the Historical Society of Central Florida as Staff Accountant in August 2015.   Graduating from Stetson University with a BA degree, she joined the State Department. While supporting information systems at the Embassy level, she was able to travel to 51 countries during her tenure.   She has over 30 years of varied accounting experience e - her last 13 being with a local nonprofit.   Her family originally moved to Florida when she was 4 – at which time most of East Orlando was still a cow pasture, prior to the I-4 growth, and arrival of Walt Disney World.    She understands the important of preserving our history.

 

 

 

Title Collections Manager
Experience/Biography Pam's most recent experience was as Executive Director of the Boone County Historical Society in Boone, Iowa.  She was responsible for
  • Responsible for the management, direction, and leadership of four individual century-old museums
  • Coordinate and train more than 80 volunteers or interns
  • Attendance, volunteerism, grant funding, and programming have increased under my direction
  • Assure the proper care, improvement, storage, documentation, and use of all archives and collections
  • Established policies for collections care, accessioning, use, copyright policy
  • Maintain excellent relationship with board, membership, and community
Title Curator of Education
Experience/Biography

Amanda Parish Walters is the Curator of Education at the Orange County Regional History Center. She works with school districts and other cultural institutions and non-profits to provide invaluable educational opportunities for students and resources for educators. Amanda believes access to quality education is the key to student success and strives to provide programming for underserved schools in low-income neighborhoods.  Through programs like History On The Go, she's enabled the History Center to provide quality learning experiences to thousands of children in the Central Florida region.  Amanda has over seven years of experience within the education field managing programs, curriculum development, and traditional classroom teaching.

Amanda holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Central Florida.
 

Plans
Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Apr 2013
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Other
Collaborations Orange County Government; Great Oaks Village; Black History Committee of Orange County; Orange County Sheriff; Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida; Downtown Arts District; Downtown Orlando Partnership; Downtown Development Board/CRA; City of Orlando Neighborhood Services Division,  Orange County Public Schools; University of Central Florida; Rollins College; Valencia Community College; Walt Disney Company; Orlando Federal Credit Union
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Smithsonian Museum - Affiliate2006
External Assessments and Accreditations
External Assessment or Accreditation Year
American Alliance of Museums2006
Awards
AwardAwarding OrganizationYear
Arts+ Award, Marketing Strategy - 1st PlaceUnited Arts2007
Arts+ Award, Special Events - 1st PlaceUnited Arts2007
Arts+ Award, Resource and Fund Development - 2nd PlaceUnited Arts2004
Non-Profit OrganizationBeacon Awards2006
Arts+ Award, Volunteer Organization - 1st PlaceUnited Arts2004
The CommunicatorThe Communicator2005
Disney's Helping Kids Shine Grants ProgramDisney2005
Community Service Awards "Art & Culture"Walt Disney World1999
Golden Brick Award, Special Events/EntertainmentDowntown Orlando Partnership2007
Golden Brick Award, Public ProjectDowntown Orlando Partnership2000
Silver Brick Award, Special Events/EntertainmentDowntown Orlando Partnership2008
Golden Brick Award, Special Events/EntertainmentDowntown Orlando Partnership2008
Best MuseumOrlando Magazine2005
WESH 2 & CW 18 A ListFlorida Commission of Tourism2007
Flagler Awards, Web SuccessVisit Florida and the Florida Commission on Tourism2000
Best MuseumFlorida Monthly2004
United Arts Award for excellence in Arts & Culture, Special EventsUnited Arts2001
For Support and Commitment to Howard Middle SchoolHoward Middle School2002
Florida Preservation AwardFlorida Trust for Historic Preservatiom2005
2nd Place WAVE Award for Favorite MuseumWatermark Publication2010
Golden Brick Award - DiversityDowntown Orlando Partnership2017
Leadership in History AwardAmerican Association for State & Local History2017
History In Progress AwardAmerican Association for State & Local History2017
CEO Comments

We’ve all heard the expression, “The longest journey begins with but a single step.” This fall, the History Center is embarking on a long, sometimes arduous journey – one that will take a few years, cost a significant amount of money, and require hard work by a dedicated staff. It will also pave a path to an exciting future.

We’re redesigning and refurbishing our permanent exhibit galleries, a journey we’ve already begun. The result will be a History Center with new, compelling exhibits that will engage and reflect the community. We won’t just tell Central Florida’s history. We plan to paint a picture of the past as it relates to the present, and involve our community in preparing for the future.

To help us in this work, we have engaged Gerard Hilferty and Associates, an exhibit-design firm based in Athens, Ohio – the same company with whom we worked to create the History Center’s original exhibits 15 years ago. Hilferty won a national award for their work here, and our first-time visitors are still impressed with our exhibits. This company understands our community and is well placed to take us to the next level. In the next several months, we’ll work closely with its experts on a master plan and exhibit redesign for the History Center.

The master plan will outline how we deliver our message, and to whom. It will identify opportunities for outreach in the community (here’s a hint – we have many), and will look at how we deliver our guest experience and what we need to do to make it the best possible.

The exhibit-design process will follow the master plan. We don’t plan to remove and replace all of the exhibits in the History Center – some are still very good. But that doesn’t mean we can’t add more interactive and audio-visual elements to make them better.

To better align ourselves with other area museums, we’ve lowered our admission fees (see below). We’ve also reduced membership fees. This is an important step in continuing our commitment to serve the community and make ourselves accessible to as many people as we can.

These are exciting times for the Historical Society and the History Center. Stay involved and connected with us. Watch us on our journey to create a more dynamic and involved museum that will better serve the entire community.

State Registration Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Expiration Month June
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Expiration Year 2017
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Oct 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Sept 30, 2017
Documents
Form 990s
YearDocument
2016990
2015990
2014990
2013990
2012990 signature page
2012990
2011990
2010990
2009990
2008990
2007990
2006990
2005990
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$25,000$87,500$10,000
Government Contributions$701,256$115,230$54,230
Federal$0$0$0
State$0$115,230$0
Local$0$0$0
Unspecified$701,256$0$54,230
Individual Contributions$70,884$17,343$85,372
$34,141$8,741$34,579
$197,687$247,573$292,611
Investment Income, Net of Losses$35,916$19,047$38,992
Membership Dues$24,121$29,351$32,165
Special Events$111,765$209,763$36,866
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$264,610
Other($1,072)$232$11,833
Expense Allocations
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$1,033,297$314,466$498,550
Administration Expense$299,980$280,552$46,019
Fundraising Expense$161,113$98,238$48,662
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.801.061.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses69%45%84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue17%22%22%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$776,965$1,060,809$1,060,675
Current Assets$90,692$282,853$317,462
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$48,069$58,865$78,184
Total Net Assets$728,896$1,001,944$982,491
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment unspecified $701,256Earned Revenue $247,573Earned Revenue $292,611
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned revenue $197,687Special Events $209,763Individuals $85,372
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountSpecial events $111,765Government $115,230Government $54,230
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.894.814.06
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Comments
CEO Comments
 
Foundation Comments
Financial figures taken from 990s.  990s and audits are reconciled.  Foundation, corporation, congregation totals are included with individual contribution totals as they were not separated in the 990s. 
Endowment reflects donor restricted funds that are permanently restricted and is not held at the Community Foundation. 
2012: Donated Services/Facilities are not included in the total revenue.
Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
Notes Programs listed here are those that are only activated during a disaster. Some organizations have unified budgeting and do not budget by program. Because of this, some budget fields may be blank or represent an approximation. Organization describes previous experience during the immediate response, recovery or rebuilding phases following a disaster.
Nonprofit Historical Society of Central Florida
Address 65 East Central Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32801
Primary Phone (407) 836-8500
Contact Email Michael.Perkins@ocfl.net
CEO/Executive Director Michael Perkins
Board Chair Mr. D Michael Driscoll
Board Chair Company Affiliation Aetna
Year of Incorporation 1971