The architect’s rendering of the new History Research and Education Center includes features typical of historic railroad depots. such as a steeply pitched roof, bracketed overhangs, cargo doors, and recessed entries.
Check out a video of our groundbreaking event of October 16, 2013!
Good News!! We just learned from the Orange County Commission that we were approved for a second matching grant of $250,000 toward our new home. This gives us the green light to complete the building’s interior. We hope to be working in our new space by December 2014!
The journey for a new home began in 2012, when we became the proud owners of a piece of property directly east of and adjacent to the Heritage Museum. Soon after, we initiated a capital campaign to raise $1.35 million to construct the building. We received a $250,000 Orange County Cultural Facilities matching grant in 2013, allowing us to begin construction. This second matching grant provides the funds to complete it.
The $500,000 total received from Orange County over the past two years was matched with donations from community members, including significant gifts from the Bond Foundation, the Chicone Family Foundation, Heller Bros. Packing Corporation, the Petro Family Foundation, the Ross-Smith family, Jane Briley Voss and Jeferson R. Voss, the West Orange Junior Service League, and Robert Zlatkiss.
We’re excited about the opportunity to finally have a permanent, climate-controlled, fire-safe environment suitable for properly storing and maintaining our extensive collection of objects, documents, photographs and books of historic significance. In addition, the space will include administrative offices, a multi-use room for visiting school groups, events, and rotating exhibits, and a welcome center to introduce and enlighten visitors about downtown Winter Garden’s many amenities.
It’s not to late to be a part of the journey! Donations to the campaign will enable us to establish an endowment fund, the interest from which we’ll use to maintain the new building, as well as our beloved caboose and fire truck. Just click “Donate” below to become one of the almost 150 people and organizations that have come to our aid.
We’re also seeking donations through Power2Give, an online fundraising tool sponsored by United Arts of Central Florida, to buy a wall-mounted television and a few pieces of furniture for the new center. Donations to WGHF through www.power2give.org will be matched by an anonymous donor.
We’re constantly amazed at the generosity of this incredible community. Thanks for your support!