2015-2016 Accomplishments:
  • Museum Heritage Park Complex with restoration & addition of the seine boat Primrose, mullet boat Lil Jimmy, net reel and original Post Office with "Footprints in the Sand" memorial paver walkway.

  • Addition of "Rodeo Gallery" presentation room featuring the history of the Destin Fishing Rodeo thru videos, photographs and artifacts. Gallery seats up to 50 visitors and utilizes latest AV equipment for presentations.

  • Audio Tour for self-guided tours in several formats. Visitors can use at no added cost, MP3 Players with headsets or download the free QR Code Reader on your phone. The QR Reader app accesses the tour script in written and audio form at each of the labeled sites throughout the museum. Audio Tour added to Old Post Office on continuous loop.

  • New exhibit entitled: "The Rodeo Fishbench". This swingframe exhibit features the fishing tournament species including the scientific data on each fish, local captain comments and photos of local Rodeo catches.

  • New exhibit entitled: "Gone, But Not Forgotten". This swingframe exhibit features the stories of some of the early individuals who left their mark on Destin and its development. They were leaders that helped create the great social and economic base that would be built on over the years to bring Destin to the World Class Resort of today.

  • Research area including information and genealogical data on the founding families.

  • New exhibit: a 12-foot American Alligator, great "photo-op" spot inside th museum.

  • Created 30 second commercial with BeachTV, which ran June, July and August.

  • Participated with www.realgoodtv.com for the background video of Lisa Blackwell's "Beyond the Music/Destin". The site also features the music video by Kevin Sport entitled, "Destin".

 

2017 Plans:
  • Add additional fishing videos to the Rodeo Gallery

  • Create a "Science of Fish" and Children's "hands-on" exhibit

  • Add historic data markers to the Museum Historic Park Complex

  • Add exhibit including early historic documents

  • Build a new Indian artifact exhibit

  • Develop and install a commercial fishing exhibit

  • Broaden Advertising and Promotion

  • Initiate a digital artifact inventory system

  • Build a new backlit exhibit housing to hold the early church history and stained glass

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