The renovations were funded by a $50,000 small matching grant awarded by the Florida Legislature and Governor Scott in 2014. "We appreciate the support of Senator Bill Montford and Representative Halsey Beshears in preserving historic buildings," said Frank who prepared the grant application.

As renovations were completed volunteers redesigned the research library, the Old Jail Gift Shop, and the computer area. The Betty Oaks Green Room is now the archive for documents and things collected by Mrs. Green whose passion for Wakulla County history is renowned. Over the years many antiques have been donated to the Historical Society and stored off-site. Jennifer Raker, gift shop manager, indicated that some of the pieces are now in use displaying items for sale. "All they needed was oil and polishing," said Raker.

The Historical Society's next goal is to renovate the Museum's second floor which is currently inaccessible to the public. It will require additional funding and possibly another grant application. "We have many valuable documents, books, and artifacts to be preserved and maintained in a climate controlled venue," said Helen Strickland.

In 1996 the Society's leadership recognized that a place was needed for increasing collections of artifacts and for genealogy. Board members say it was during an evening meeting on the second floor of the Historic Courthouse that "through a north window the Old Jail appeared by moonlight." It was the efforts of Freeman Ashmore, Tom Baker, and Betty Green that in 2009 the Old Jail became a permanent home for the Historical Society. According to Cal Jamison "when we moved into the dilapidated building it was not being used by the County. In the past it had served as the civil defense emergency operations center, EMS had been housed upstairs, and the veteran's service office was downstairs. We found packages of emergency food rations and toiletry items upstairs," said Jamison who managed the project. A small grant funded some minor renovations to repair roof leaks and other exterior issues, and to make the first floor useable.

The Society's work at the Museum is dependent upon gift shop sales, donations, and membership dues. "We are now accepting membership applications for the 2015-2016 year," said Frank. Patron levels are: Student $10; Individual $25; Family $35; Acorns $50; White Oaks $100; Magnolias $250; and Tall Pines $500. Businesses contributing $250 are advertised in the Quarterly, on, and on the WCHS Facebook page. Regular business hours are Thursday and Friday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm and on Saturday from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm at 24 High Drive in Crawfordville. Contact the WCHS at 850-926-1110 or