Winter Garden Heritage Center Embracing New Year with New Center Construction

Downtown Winter Garden (Photo by: Megan K Hyde/Full Sail University)

Downtown Winter Garden (Photo by: Megan K Hyde/Full Sail University)

As previously reported by megkhyde.com, historic preservation consists of numerous community members and organizations in the Central Florida area.  One of which is the Winter Garden region.  Specifically, the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation focuses on providing several education opportunities to the public.

The center’s Education Director Kay Cappleman advises, “Our exhibitions, events, historic preservation efforts, and historic collection very much promote community identity, preserve traditions and institutions, and represent and embrace all ages, abilities, races, cultures, and socioeconomic levels, building social capital, neighborhood stability, and economic vitality among the west-end communities.”

Kay Cappleman, Education Director of the WGHF discussed historic preservation with megkhyde.com in October, 2013 (Photo by Megan K Hyde/Full Sail University)

Kay Cappleman, Education Director of the WGHF discussed historic preservation with megkhyde.com in October, 2013 (Photo by Megan K Hyde/Full Sail University)

2013 provided exciting developments for the Heritage Foundation.  The plans to grow and create a bigger, better space, that can truly house all the wheels turning within the establishment, are in motion and ground has been broken for the new construction to begin.  Cappleman attributes this as “one of the biggest successes of 2013” for the center and says, “the groundbreaking event was huge.”

Moving forward, Cappleman says, “In 2014, we’ll be working really hard to prepare for the new building… designing the landscape and some other outdoor features. We’re currently working on getting all of our objects and documents into archival safe containers. We’re working with Walt Disney World and other businesses to get donated carpet, vinyl tiles, furniture and fixtures. We’ll be raising the rest of the capital campaign (money). We’re designing some new events and tours to increase revenue.”

To get this far, Cappleman states, “155 donors have contributed cash, multi-year pledges, and in-kind donations totaling close to $800,000. The organization also received $250,000 from a 2013 Orange County Arts and Cultural Affairs grant request, bringing us closer to the $1.275 million goal. Donations are still being solicited to complete the campaign.  We are also writing a second Orange County grant for $250,000.”

Cappleman and her team strive daily to ensure both their direct and surrounding communities continuously have the chance to learn about life before them while also creating memories that will be added to the archives.

Historic charm displayed along some of the main streets (Photo by: Megan Hyde/Full Sail University)

Historic charm displayed along some of the main streets (Photo by: Megan Hyde/Full Sail University)

To learn more about the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation please visit: http://www.wghf.org/

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