Greetings! In my new role as Historic Spanish Point’s Interim Executive Director, I was delighted to meet many of the museum’s supporters at April’s Members’ Celebration & 2013 Annual Meeting. Today, I again want to thank you for your loyal and generous involvement with this irreplaceable community asset. I also wish to bring you up to date on the museum’s plans and ask for your extra support of this unique historical, environmental, and archaeological site via the Annual Fund. (Read more at the bottom of this page.)
The Board of Directors, our dedicated staff, and I are pleased that, in partnership with the TREE Foundation and other thoughtful donors, Historic Spanish Point soon will treat visitors of all ages to a new and exciting learning experience — a tree pavilion that we are constructing on the waterfront near Guptill House. The pavilion will be ready for visitors this fall, and we hope to see you and your guests there. We also are planning a fishing competition, plus a holiday gala among the brilliant seasonal lights that make our buildings and landscape sparkle so magically.
Concerning Historic Spanish Point’s educational programs for children, we recently completed our annual Adventures in Learning field trips for schools from a five-county region. This school year, we introduced some 4,000 youngsters to their unique heritage. The museum’s annual Summer Adventures Camps, beginning in June and detailed on this newsletter’s front page, will immerse 200 kids, ages 6 – 11, in structured outdoor activities.
With generous funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences we are taking steps to better engage our community’s seniors. We are now running continuous-loop trams and in coming months will add assistive hearing devices to tours, produce large-type visitor brochures, and expand our educational programming at local retirement communities. We are excited to be able to provide this important service and look forward to keeping you informed of our progress.
In short, experiences at Historic Spanish Point make a difference to residents and visitors of all ages. Today, we invite you to further demonstrate your commitment to the museum with an unrestricted Annual Fund donation. Your special contribution will help us continue to connect people with our region’s fascinating history and ensure the important preservation of the property’s “Old Florida” environment. On behalf of the Board and our staff, thank you very much for your essential support.