Tn December 7, 1987 some 200 persons from Eatonville and other areas of Orange County (Florida) organized The Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community which was incorporated in March 1988 and was granted 501 (c) (3) status in September 1989.
During its first years, Preserve the Eatonville Community was primarily an advocacy organization, focusing on preservation strategies including an historic survey of the Town and supporting the opposition of a “community-busting” road-widening project.
Early on, P.E.C.’s founders recognized that historic preservation had to be coupled with vibrant programs in the arts and humanities, and that they must focus on educational excellence if they were to be successful in their mission of conserving the precious heritage and cultural resources extant in Historic Eatonville™. Thus, the P.E.C. initials of the organization’s name also became the descriptive tags for its three core areas of programs and services: P-Pride in Heritage, E-Educational Excellence, and C-Cultural Arts.
Over the years, P.E.C. has developed programming in all three areas that is acknowledged statewide, regionally, and nationally for its quality. It has garnered funding in increasing levels from federal, state, and local governmental entities; and from foundations, corporations, and businesses. Additionally, it has developed multiple/multidisciplinary partnerships with local institutions, agencies, and other civic and arts organizations; and has received numerous awards/recognitions for achievement.
As P.E.C. approaches 30 years of service, the organization is focusing on:
1 Stabilizing its infrastructure in order to insure longevity
2 Redoubling its efforts to utilize the arts and culture as a catalyst for economic development in Eatonville
3 Strengthening its “educational excellence” focus via the ZORA! STEM (Science • Technology• Engineering • Math) Initiative,
P.E.C.’s generations-long commitment to address “the leaky pipeline,” with special emphasis on supporting students, beginning in the elementary grades, as these are the students historically underrepresented in STEM careers.
For more information, please visit the PEC website at www.preserveeatonville.org
About The Organization
Our Vision Statement
To make Eatonville an internationally-recognized tourism destination of the arts and culture from throughout the African Diaspora, with special emphasis on the multidiscipline as represented in the life and work of Zora Neale Hurston™.
The PEC Mission
• To enhance the resources of Eatonville, Florida, “popularly known as the oldest incorporated African-American municipality in the United States” and the hometown of writer, folklorist, and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston
• To educate the public about Eatonville’s historic and cultural significance; and
• To use the community’s heritage and cultural vibrancy for its economic development
Our Core Values
• To build a healthy community defined as
– good nutrition
– good education
– good heritage and culture
– good economic development
– To advance the Zora Neale Hurston Legacy by presenting multidisciplinary programs in the fields which she worked: namely, folklore, literature, music, religion, theater, and the visual arts
– To celebrate the cultural contributions of persons of African ancestry have made to the United States and to the world
– To hold as essential elements of the organization
The Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community, Inc. (P.E.C.) 227 East Kennedy Boulevard | Eatonville, Florida 32751
Phone: 407.647.3307 | Fax: 407.539.2192
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