Project 100: Fish Mount Project

2017-2018 Accomplishments:

  • Rodeo Gallery improvements included surround sound speakers, lighting upgrades with LED & track lights.

  • Rolling swing-frame exhibit to hold the Rodeo Poster collection.

  • Rodeo Leaderboard replica complete with the past year's overall winners to be updated annually.

  • Kid's Fish School Exhibit including hands-on activities to measure, weigh, compare and contrast replica fish models.
  • Expanded data and created a new exhibit to house local Native American artifacts featuring local artist mural.

  • Developed and installed a commercial fishing exhibit to feature Destin's earliest commercial fishing industry and example of current commercial fishing with a video showing local commercial snapper fishing.

  • Relocated outrigger flag pole to Museum Heritage Park.

  • Completely renovated the Flipper Wheelhouse exhibit outside the front of the museum.

  • Installed a paver walkway featuring engraved pavers with the names of early seine boats and captains.

  • Installed two historical data plaques about seine boat fishing and early fish camps.

  • Relocated and upgraded the Pioneers of Paradise exhibit featuring a swing-frame with data on early pioneer families.

  • Relocated and upgraded the John Destin exhibit with monitor showing PowerPoint slideshow of his life and works of art.

  • Digitized 115 vintage Victrola records incorporating into interactive equipment to access history of the piece, early Destin entertainment and the music.

  • Worked in partnership with Sea Grant Florida, UF/IFAS University of Florida, NOAA, Reef Ball Foundation and Okaloosa County to create an Artificial Reefs in Florida exhibit with interactive ipad to access the Okaloosa County website on artificial reels located in our Gulf of Mexico waters.

  • Acquired hardware, software, and archival supplies to digitalize and properly inventory and store artifacts.
  • Increased promotional advertising through use of rack cards, Beach TV commercial for 5 months, coupon ad in Military Media GI SAVE, Life's a Beach summer issue and rack cards at the Airport.

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


2018 Plans:
  • Add Rodeo Weighmaster recorded stories thru QR Reader access to the Rodeo Gallery.

  • Create additional Children's "hands-on" exhibit.

  • Add historic data markers to the Museum Historic Park Complex on founding families.

  • Increase inventory of mounts of locally caught fish species.

  • Broaden advertising and promotion.

  • Increase programming.

  • Continue working on the digital artifact inventory system.

  • Create an interactive exhibit computer system which will access the chronological history.

  • Build a new exhibit to feature early development and history of the tourism industry.

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

  • Continue upgrades to the lighting in the museum.

  • Build a new outside "photo opt" incorporating a fisherman's "fighting chair".

  • Remodel the Fish Wall exhibit to enhance the visibility of the fish mounts.

  • Improve and expand our natural sciences exhibits working in partnership with the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance and Henderson Beach State Park.

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