The mission of the GLBT History Museum of Central Florida, Inc. is to collect, preserve and exhibit the history of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community in Central Florida. We are dedicated to collecting and preserving memorabilia, providing a documentary record for research, and displaying with pride that community's social and historical contributions, so our legacy will always be remembered.
Essentially educational in nature, The Museum seeks to illuminate the struggles, triumphs and experiences of the Central Florida GLBT population.
Our collective of educators, archivists, librarians, writers, designers, artists, and students are involved in and recognize the need for this important endeavor.
By recording the Central Florida GLBT history through donations of funds and memorabilia, we strive to establish a permanent location to house a growing and evolving collection.
We want to expand our mobile museum to tour colleges, have temporary installations at private corporations, and non-profit organization meetings and events, create site specific exhibits and displays relating to business, politics, law, community organizations, sports, academia, media, or culture.
Sharing the information through public exhibition, we wish to impart knowledge and understanding to the viewer, and bestow acknowledgement and gratitude to those whose contributions made history.
Central Florida Service Area
The GLBT History Museum serves Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake, Brevard, Volusia, Polk, Sumter, Marion and Flagler Counties.
Focus of the Collection
The Museum focuses on collecting and educating about regional history but includes selected items of Florida and national interest as well.
- Collaborate with various civic organizations and the public to obtain historical memorabilia, and archival materials like photographs, articles, event programs and documents.
- Chronicle donated and loaned artifacts factually.
- Partner with contributors and donors to become a educational resource to support books, essays, documentaries and researchers.
- Value the contributions of donors and work together to build an extensive and impressive collection.
Integrity in preservation, accuracy of information, and respect for legacy.
Help Make History! We need your help in preserving our Central Florida GLBT heritage. By becoming a volunteer archivist, you will be instrumental to the collecting, preservation and exhibition of the important documentary record of our community.
The Museum collaborates with the Regional Initiative for Collecting the History, Experiences and Stories of Central Florida (RICHES) program at the University of Central Florida.
Executive Members and Officers
The GLBT History Museum of Central FL is led by an all-volunteer board. With help from volunteers, Board members are responsible for all aspects of operations including administration, fundraising, program development, research, archiving, and exhibition.