Background: Mr. Edward Minerís exhibit of Early Apopka artifacts at the
1968 Folk Festival in Apopka inspired the formation of an Historical Society. He
obtained forms for incorporation and secured the use of 3 rooms in the former
school building that had become Apopka City Hall.
An amateur archaeological group from the Central Florida Anthropological
Society, then exploring at Lake Apopka, agreed to provide exhibits of
prehistoric life in the area.
The public request for background for exhibit cases brought response from
five well qualified artists , new residents to Apopka, who volunteered their
talents and created a pictured story of Apopka history. These artists were:
Bertha Wolz, Betty Jamison, Vickie Doggett and David Findley.
At incorporation, in 1971, the officers were:
President: Mrs. Elizabeth Grossenbacher
Vice-President: Mrs. Mildred S. Whiteside
Secretary: Mrs. Reba R. Evans
Curator: Mr. Edward A. Miner
The first Board of Directors
consisted of the above officers plus:
Mr. John H. Land
Miss Elin Larson
Miss Mary Lee Welch
Philosophy: The past is my heritage; the present is my responsibility;
the future is my challenge.
- The purpose and objectives of this organization
shall be to encourage the collection, study and preservation of historical material
associated with Northwest Orange County.
- To collect, preserve, circulate and diffuse historical information about Northwest Orange County
through the care and maintenance of the Museum of the Apopkans.
- To acquaint society members and other interested parties with facts regarding
the County and State by means of lectures, photographs, writings and
discussions, by qualified persons and other means.
Committees: All of the following committees are in need of members.
Anyone interested can give their name and phone number to the Museum Technician,
They will pass the information on to the
Basic Volunteers: Will serve as a host or hostess of the Museum,
showing all visitors through the various rooms while giving a commentary about
the artifacts being shown and answering all questions. In between visitors, the
volunteers will assist the Museum Technician with any needed tasks.
Education: This committee offers exciting activities for
students and teachers in the Apopka area. They bring the Museum into any
kindergarten through 5th grade classrooms and offer tours of the
Museum to the students and their teachers.
Programs and Exhibits: Slide show of Early Apopka; Storytelling; History of
Special Events: This committee makes all the arrangements for
providing the appropriate entertainment and refreshments for the general meetings and events being
held at the Museum. When necessary, they will call upon the membership to assist
in this task.
Technology: Currently, this committee is responsible for
inputting and maintaining the data in the two major databases: the Names (for
genealogy) and Inventory (for Acquisitions) databases. All interested will be
trained to use the computer to do these tasks. Scanning pictures for the general public; researching
Information about our artifacts, from the Internet and other research