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West Gadsden Historical Society, Inc

A BBB Accredited Charity since 07/28/2010.

This BBB Accredited Charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability and is a Seal Holder.
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Name: West Gadsden Historical Society, Inc
Phone: (850) 442-6434
Fax: (850) 442-6697
Address: PO Box D
Greensboro, FL 32330-0803
Report Creation Date: December 21, 2009
Report Expiration Date: December 9, 2018
Principal: Ms. Lynne Poucher, President
Customer Contact: Ms. Lynne Poucher, President - (850) 442-6434 or
Email Address:
File Open Date: December 2009
Type of Business: Charity - Local
BBB Accreditation: West Gadsden Historical Society, Inc is a BBB Accredited Charity.

Stated Purpose

West Gadsden Historical Society, Inc. was formed to identify, preserve and interpret the rich history of the people and places in Gadsden County while emphasizing the western area of the county.

The purpose of the Society shall be to bring together those people interested in history, especially the history of Gadsden County; to collect and preserve all historical material, photographs, written material, oral histories and artifacts; to educate the public about such historical memorabilia through maintenance of 2 museums in which these materials will be exhibited; to identify, preserve and educate others about the history of Gadsden County; in general to carry on all activities appropriate for an historical society.

Evaluation Conclusions

This organization has been evaluated according to the 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability. This organization meets all those Standards and is a BBB Accredited Charity.

BBB Charity Seal Participation

Charities that meet the Standards for Charity Accountability are eligible to participate in BBB Wise Giving Alliance Charity Seal program. The seal, which can be displayed on the charity's web site and in printed materials, helps inform the public that the charity meets these standards. This organization participates in this program.


West Gadsden Historical Society, Inc. owns and operates the Greensboro Depot Railroad Museum located at 115 Duffle Avenue and the Dezell House Museum at 328 East 8th Street, both in Greensboro, FL. The Dezell House was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in May, 2006 and serves as the headquarters of the West Gadsden Historical Society. The Society publishes a newsletter four times each year and hosts events to raise funds in order to complete the historical restoration and renovation of the Dezell House.

West Gadsden Historical Society, Inc. owns and operates the Dezell House Museum, 328 East 8th St. and the Greensboro Depot Railroad Museum, 115 Duffle Avenue, Greensboro, FL. Numerous historical items, documents, maps, letters, and photographs have become part of our large collection. Railroad related items only are exhibited at the Greensboro Depot while other materials are stored or displayed at the Dezell House. WGHS has 200+ members who receive a quarterly newsletter as well as a 10% discount on all merchandise purchases. A website and a facebook page are maintained by the Society. Information requests are received, researched and answered by our directors. There is no paid staff. Everything is accomplished by volunteers. Funds to finance the organization and its work come from membership dues, voluntary donations and sales of books, t-shirts and other items.


Total Program Expenses:$12,464


Chief Executive Officer:Lynne Poucher, President & CEO
Chair of the Board:Lynne Poucher
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:Accountant & Owner/Layton Bookkeeping Services
Board Size:7
Paid Staff Size:0 full time and 0 part time Full Time.

Fund Raising

Method(s) Used:Fund raising methods include: Direct Mail Appeals, Invitations to Fund Raising Events, Print Advertisements, Grant Proposals, and Membership Appeals.

Fund raising methods include: Grant Proposals, Internet, Planned Giving Arrangements, and Membership Appeals.

Tax Status

This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.


 Grants and Donations$35,059
 Total Income:$35,059
Expenses     % of total
% of total
  Programs: $12,464   98.19% 35.55%
  Fund Raising: $53   0.42% 0.15%
  Administrative: $177   1.39% 0.50%
  Other: $0   0.00% 0.00%
  Total Expenses: $12,694
Excess of Income over Expenses$22,365
Beginning Net Assets$186,469
Ending Net Assets:$206,034
Total Assets$206,034

* Excess for the year indicates the portion of income remaining after expenses.

Additional Contact Information

Additional Phone Numbers
Tel: (850) 442-4041

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Report as of June 20, 2018 21:47
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