"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),
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
improving the items we are able to accept, store and display.