Historical Society Seeks Help



Can You Help?

Cities on both sides of Boca Ciega Bay need your help

Whether you have an hour to spare every month or an extra afternoon every week, these groups need your help.

  The Gulfport Historical Society, under the new leadership of Miki Vaughan, hopes to get more community involvement. Here’s what they need:

Curatorial Assistant

  So many objects come to us without any information. For instance, just recently we received almost the complete contents of a photo studio. Someone with an interest in photography might enjoy going over these items, identifying them and preparing them for exhibit.  Or would you like to work with a collection of old toasters, including a Mickey Mouse one that actually prints Mickey’s face on your toast?  Or a 1919 Singer sewing machine that needs to be cleaned up and offered for sale?  And there are many more fascinating pieces of history waiting for someone’s attention.

Fundraiser Ideas

  This is everybody’s least favorite job, so it will take an exceptional person to volunteer in  this department.  The Society currently has no steady source of income, beyond donations and the sale of books and calendars.  The annual Birthday Bash in October is a potential occasion to launch some new projects, such as the Antiques Appraisal we sponsored last year. 

What do you think?  Any ideas?

Web Site Overseer

  If computers are your thing, there is plenty to do!  Lots of pictures and stories to add to the web site periodically.  Roam through the files and the collections and find treasures to share with everyone in Gulfport. 

Program Chairperson

  Only interesting programs will bring people to our meetings to learn about the Society and Museum. We are planning to have two membership meetings in 2012-2013, one in September to kick off the year ahead and one in January to include the many folks who are here only during the winter months. In September we already have a great program planned, Deborah Frethem’s new one-act play about Gulfport’s earliest residents, “Henry’s Cemetery.”  In October there is the Birthday Bash, but from November on, we need some new and exciting ideas.

  To volunteer with the Gulfport Historical Society, stop by or email them at admin@gulfporthistoricalsociety.org.

St. Pete Beach relies on volunteers to help staff the receptionist desk as well as fill in the gaps in the city’s recreation department.

  Volunteers at city hall’s reception desk include greeting and assisting the public, answering a multi-line telephone and managing light clerical tasks. They need volunteers from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Interested? Call 367-2735 or send an email to cityclerk@stpetebeach.org

  The city’s recreation department volunteers assist by greeting the public, answering phones, helping prepare for special events and performing other light office tasks. Look over the complete job description at stpetebeach.org; you can also get a copy of the application on the site. You can also call 363-9245.