top of page

The North Okaloosa Historical Association, Inc.

Who We Are

The North Okaloosa Historical Association, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a determination to help preserve Okaloosa County history. The Baker Block Museum is operated under the guidance of the NOHA Board of Directors.

Mission & Goals


The mission of the North Okaloosa Historical Association is to collect, preserve and promote the history of Okaloosa County, the northwest Florida panhandle and the surrounding communities.


  • Preserve historical artifacts

  • Capture oral histories

  • Educate future generations

  • Promote a better understanding and appreciation of the area's rich heritage

Board of Directors

The NOHA Board of Directors consists of nine board members composed largely of citizens from the local area and functions as the administrative arm of the association. The primary focus is on Okaloosa County, but the Museum supports the larger panhandle area as well.

The Board meets at 6 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month in the Museum's Hilton-Shaw Genealogy Library and conducts an annual meeting on the third Thursday in January where board officers are elected for three-year terms.

Current Board Members


President: Brenda Russell

Vice President: Lucille King

Treasurer: Sharry Rustin

Secretary: Stephanie Holcombe


Nina Adams

Joyce Arnett

Melissa Barrett

Tracy Curenton

Doug Hibbing

Emeritus Members

Julia Cadenhead

Phyllis Enzor

Jeanette Henderson

Non-boardmember positions

Museum Executive Director: Ann Spann

Bookkeeper: Trevia Buckner, CPA

2024 Goals

  • Increase new annual membership by 30 percent

  • Transcribe digitized oral histories

  • Complete the state historical marker for the building

  • Stripe parking area in front of the building and post parking and park usage policy signage

Annual Report

bottom of page