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Opposite page:
The annual Tastes,
Tunes & Treasures event
featured the Mammalogy
Division, including this
skeleton of a Chacma
Papio ursinus.
Left: Longtime docent
and Associates Board
Member Leslie Klein
and former Museum
Associate Director
Graig Shaak, pictured
during an Associates
Annual Meeting in the
early 1980s.
For more than 100 years,
the Florida Museum has
maintained a tradition of excellence in understanding,
preserving and interpreting biological diversity and
cultural heritage to ensure their survival for future
generations. To continue this tradition as a successful
21st century museum, the Florida Museum must work to
remain connected and relevant. Museum donors provided
generous gifts that will have an immediate impact and
make a positive difference in the Florida Museum’s future.
Each “Legacy” gift that establishes an endowment, each
private collection and each cash gift ensure that the
Florida Museum is able to inspire people to value the
biological richness and cultural heritage of our diverse
world and make a positive difference in its future.
For years the Florida Museum has hosted an extremely
popular seasonal
Discovery Room,
engaging more than
one-third of visitors in hands-on science education. This
year the Museum, along with the Museum Associates
Board, launched a three-year fund-raising campaign,
Passport to Discovery,
with the goal of developing an
enhanced, permanent
Discovery Room
that fosters
critical thinking, collaboration and creativity. In support
of the campaign, the Museum Associates Board hosted
three events:
Passport to Discovery: A Morning at the
Museum; Passport to Discovery: An Afternoon at the
and the signature gala,
Passport to Discovery:
A Night at the Museum.
In the first year of the campaign,
the Museum raised more than $400,000 and is well on its
way to reaching the $1 million goal. Leadership gifts from
Jon and Beverly Thompson and BJ and Eve Wilder, as
well as a sold-out gala, helped affirm the Museum’s belief
that a space with year-round, hands-on science education
is a resource the community wants and needs. The newly
Discovery Room
will create a lasting impact
on children and the adults who support their exploration
as well as lifelong learners. The Museum plans to open
the new exhibit by 2015, but changes are evident in
the current
Discovery Room
as new ideas are tested.
A Florida Museum Membership Survey was launched
in March and completed in May. Thank you to all
members who participated in the survey. This allows
the Museum to better tailor membership benefits and
programming for members, creating lasting value.
Jon and Beverly Thompson continued their generous
support of the Museum with a gift to help renovate
Powell Hall’s Central Gallery into an area that will
inspire and challenge Museum visitors with the wonder
of the natural world and prepare them for an exciting
journey as they venture farther into the Museum.
The Museum is fortunate to have friends and supporters
who give so freely of their time, talent and treasure.
At a time when state budgets are decreasing and
demand for Museum services is increasing, private
support ensures the Florida Museum’s continued
success. For more information about opportunities
to support the Florida Museum, please contact the
Museum Development Office, 352-273-2086.