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North Brevard
Heritage Foundation, Inc.
a non-profit (501c3) organization established April 2005

P.O. Box 653, Titusville, FL 32781-0653

November 28, 2006

WBCC-TV to show Brevard Heritage Park Documentary;
Local PBS stations will later broadcast film

Tue., Dec. 5 at 10:00am — Wed., Dec. 6 at 8:30am — Fri., Dec. 8 at 8:00pm

BREVARD COMMUNITY COLLEGE, (COCOA), FLA. – A documentary on the Brevard Heritage Park, a unique multi-purpose "historic village" comprised of historic structures such as the 1910 Craftsman House called "Oliver's Camp," will air on local PBS Stations nationwide starting Dec. 5, 6 and 8 with the Brevard Community College WBCC-TV Station.

The new documentary, "Brevard Heritage Park: The Future of the Past" explores the history of north Brevard County through the exhibits and structures to be located at the park. 

"The history of this area includes indigenous prehistoric people and Native Americans as well as African American settlers and white pioneers,"  said Dr. Ben Brotemarkle, writer, producer, and host of the program. "All of that history will be represented in the park and is discussed in this documentary,"

Upon obtaining the necessary funding, the historic buildings will be assembled behind the southeast section of the Brevard Community College Titusville campus at 1311 N. U.S. 1.

The documentary will air on WBCC-TV at the following time periods: 10 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 5; 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 6; and 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 8. For more information call the television station at (321) 433-7111.

   The multi-million dollar park will showcase historic structures that were in danger of being demolished, but now serve new purposes, said Brotemarkle, the department chair of Humanities/Communications/Social and Behavioral Sciences for the Titusville campus.

 In addition to Oliver's Camp, the campus also will house three Gibson Family "shotgun" style Tenement Houses from the early 20th century, and the historic Clifton Schoolhouse, a one-room school constructed in 1891 that served African-American students. 

Also located on the property will be the William's Point Cook's House, Windmill, Water Tower and Tank. Other structures may be added to the park as they become available.

 "Brevard Community College is proud to be a partner in this unique project and we are excited about the benefits it will bring to our BCC students and staff as well as the citizen's of Brevard County," said Dr. Katherine Cobb, provost for the Titusville campus.

The project, which will be located directly adjacent to the Health Village at Main Street PMC., also will seek funding through grants and contributions, said Lee Bailey, director of Resource Development for BCC.

Brevard Heritage Park is a joint partnership between BCC, the North Brevard Heritage Foundation, Brevard County and Jess Parrish Medical Foundation. Educational exhibits documenting Brevard County's local citrus and pineapple industries and other aspects of local history will be created and displayed in the historic facilities. 

   This project is an endeavor to interpret the 19th and 20th centuries in Brevard County and use the historic structures for public educational and cultural programs, Bailey said. Oliver's Camp will serve as a museum and spotlight exhibits of Florida folk culture and the citrus, agricultural, and commercial fishing heritage of Brevard County, she said.

 The buildings will be utilized for a variety of educational functions. Events planned for the Brevard Heritage Park include the establishment of the annual "Orange Jubilee, A Florida Folk-life and Indian River Heritage Celebration" that will feature folk music, pioneer crafts exhibitions, a Florida Writers Symposium, and much more. The festival's name is derived from a similar event held in Titusville in the 1920s.

Parrish Medical Center (PMC) and the Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) have committed to establishing health programs and medical services for aging adults in North Brevard County through The Health Village at Main Street PMC

The goal of this project is to use and preserve historical structures, which include the 1910 vernacular Arthur Dunn House, the 1940s vernacular Nobles House, and architecturally significant components of the 1894 Queen Anne style Parrish Homestead, to create a charming location reminiscent of Main Street in a small historic town. 

    Conveniently located adjacent to the Chain of Lakes project, the Brevard Heritage Park and The Health Village at Main Street Parrish Medical Center will provide a functional glimpse into local history while offering important services that will educate and inspire hope for the future throughout the county.