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Lemon Bay Historical Society Inc

Perpetuating the legacy of the past and honoring the pioneer settlers of the Lemon Bay area

Englewood, FL   |  https://www.lemonbayhistory.com

Mission

The Society's mission is to preserve the area's history and make the public aware of our past by presenting historical programs and events and maintaining the Historic Green Street Church Museum for public use.

Ruling year info

1989

President

Charles Hicks

Main address

P. O. Box 1245

Englewood, FL 34295 USA

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EIN

65-0128320

NTEE code info

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

History Museums (A54)

Citizen Participation (W24)

IRS filing requirement

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

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We have saved Englewood's historic first church building by raising funds to move it to its "permanent home" on land we own. There is now a continuing need to raise funds to pay for its upkeep: lawn mowing, electricity and water are among the most pressing needs.

Our programs

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

Educating Public about Area History & Opportunities

In the 1928 historical building that was Englewood's first church, the Historical Society holds 8 monthly meetings with programs on area history, wildlife, preservation of area historic buildings and opportunities to visit them, persons of historical interest and authors who write about historical events. We have published a free Walk & Drive Map of Historic Dearborn Street. Books available for sale: "The History of Englewood" a compilation of newspaper articles and interviews with pioneers; "Recollections of the Life and Times of Joseph Daniel Anderson "1867-1939" written by his son; "Then and Now" shows a present Englewood building and its earlier appearance; "Recipes to Remember" has a few old-timers' recipes; "Englewood Directory 1959." We man a booth at various location events and have historical pictures, maps, informational banners on display. Bookmarks with information about LBHS and children's activity books with history information are distributed also.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Cracker Fair is a one-day family-oriented event that culminates the week-long "Lemon Bay Fest, Englewood History with Zest!" It is a cooperative effort between Elsie Quirk Library, Englewood Charlotte Library and other community organizations to provide a variety of programs highlighting the area's rich history and natural beauty. The Society has organized the Fair for the past 15 years and will continue to do so. The Fair offers food vendors, music, children's functions, arts and crafts, historical personifications, a dessert contest and artists. Bit of Hope Ranch personnel demonstrate whip cracking while on a horse and you'll be amazed how a Cracker woman's clothes can go from working cattle on the range to going to town with a few changes. Want to learn how to throw a cast net, taste swamp cabbage, learn how to clean a mullet? We may have boiled peanuts and a mullet spread contest between two members of pioneer families. The public gets to taste and vote on their favorite.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Society members have been invited to present Power Point programs about Englewood's history to area organizations including Englewood FL Chamber of Commerce's "Leadership Englewood."We are asked to share our historical research, photographs, etc. with other clubs, companies and people at no cost to them.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Although the Lemon Bay Historical Society owns this historic building, the land it sat on was leased. The lease was set to expire in 2018 and the Society was informed that the lease would not be renewed. The Society offered to buy the land but the owner declined the offer. In addition, parking space was always a problem at the current site when we held our community events.
In order to save this historic building, to ensure problem-free parking and access for community events, the Historical Society elected to raise the funds required to move the building to a lot it owned on the south side of the Lemon Bay Cemetery. This new location is more appropriate as an historical setting as it is adjacent to the burying ground of many of Englewood’s pioneer families.
Over $200,000 was raised and the building was successfully moved to its permanent home on 9/11/18. Funds are now needed to pay for monthly maintenance of this historic building (electric, water, lawn maintenance, etc.).

Population(s) Served
Families
Artists and performers

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Englewood-Cape Haze Area Chamber of Commerce 2017

Heritage Award History & Preservation Coalition of Sarasota County 2019

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of free admissions

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Population(s) Served

Adults, Retired people, Artists and performers, Veterans

Related Program

Educating Public about Area History & Opportunities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

1) to raise funds to pay for upkeep of the Historic Green Street Church Museum .

2) to preserve the rich history of the Lemon Bay area and inspire the public to be aware of our past by presenting historical and archaeological programs and events.

Fundraisers to include:
1) Our "Gift to the Community" is the annual Cracker Fair: A Celebration of Old Florida.
This is an all-day event with local artists, authors, merchants, crafters, food vendors, live local music, Cracker Cow Hunter, Wildlife and Swamp Cabbage Demonstrations and a Lemon Dessert Baking Contest. The Cracker Fair is the culmination of "History Week" and presented in conjunction with the Englewood Libraries and the Lemon Bay Garden Club.

2) We have published books available for sale: "The History of Englewood" a compilation of newspaper articles and interviews with pioneers; "Recollections of the Life and Times of Joseph Daniel Anderson, 1867-1939" written by his son; "Englewood, Then and Now" a comparison of notable Englewood buildings and streets and their earlier appearance; "Recipes to Remember" fun old-timers' recipes; "Englewood Directory 1959" an interesting listing of residents and businesses in Englewood over 60 years ago.

3)

Public Awareness:

1) We set up booths at various community events and have historical pictures, maps, informational banners on display.
2) Our membership of over 100 helps with the set up and the operation of many fundraising events.

We have saved Englewood's historic first church building by raising funds to move it to its "permanent home" on land we own.
Next we would like to continue and enhance our community programs.

Financials

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Lemon Bay Historical Society Inc

Board of directors
as of 01/29/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Charles Hicks

Retired

Term: 2006 - 2017

Charles Hicks

Retired

Esther Horton

Retired

Janet Landis

Retired

Don Bayley

Retired

Larry VanTilburg

Retired

Nancy Wille

Retired

Carol Garrett

Retired

Herb Stephens

Keller Williams Realty

John Bass

photographer

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