On Friday, March 11, 2016, friends and patrons of the Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) gathered at Rose History Auditorium to hear some exciting news.
The celebration was originally planned as a reunion of the people who have supported the Society and our award-winning Marco Island Historical Museum for over two decades.
Just as the reception was being planned, the MIHS received word that the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs had unanimously endorsed the Society to receive the State’s Cultural Sponsoring Organization (CSO) designation.
“Our Historical Society is deemed by the State ofFlorida to be an organization that presents high quality programs with great cultural significance. We are extremely proud of this recognition,” said MIHS President and Executive Director Pat Rutledge.
The CSO designation provides the MIHS with the opportunity of being eligible to receive the prestigious $240,000 Cultural Challenge Endowment Match grant to grow the Society’s endowment fund. To receive this matching grant, the MIHS must raise $360,000 in new funds designated for the endowment in an extremely short time frame. In true Historical Society fashion, the evening’s celebration was transformed into a deep commitmenton the part of the group to accept and overcome this extraordinary challenge.
“Our endowment is meant to ensure the sustainability of the Marco Island Historical Society. It will help us to enhance our programs, our collections and our exhibits,” said Bruce Graev, MIHS president-elect.
The MIHS is committed to building a robust endowment fund to support its mission to preserve and to share the history and heritage of Marco Island and the surrounding community for generations to come. For more information on how you can help the MIHS to meet this challenge, please contact Pat Rutledge at 239-389-6447.