"Early" means different things to different generations - pre WWII means 'early' for many of us; however, increasingly, 'early' means before cell phones for most folks! Please help us as we construct collection standards to ensure we have a balanced collection of public interest to our patrons. There are many great items we know have value but we may presently not have room to store them.

"The Baker Block Museum's purpose is to preserve and display artifacts and documents of the early development of the Florida Panhandle, particularly Okaloosa County, in order to educate the public on the technology, history and impact of historic events including early culture of Spanish, French, Dutch and Native Americans, the naval stores industry, the rail transportation industry and military installations in the State of Florida and more specifically along the Yellow and Shoal Rivers, early railroad routes, timber industries, pioneer communities and fisheries."

--The umbrella you want to donate may have been precious to Aunt Jane, but she used it in New York City not in Pyron Chapel.

--You may have a vintage collection of Christmas decorations you would be willing to loan for a window display in the museum during the month of December - GREAT! Call us to arrange a temporary loan! 

--If you have some old items from your family home and do not know if they meet museum collection needs/standards, call us, we can help you decide. 

--If you are a member of a service club, like the Lions Club, and need a service project, phone us and arrange to provide and set up a (6 weeks) window display in the museum (we'll put your club sign in the window, too, as sponsor), 537-5714.

We are presently developing a more specific collections policy for artifacts and data. We hope to soon have a Collections Committee which can assist us in sorting and improving the items we are able to accept, store and display.