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"NOT what we have, but what we use; Not what we see, but what we choose - These are the things that mar or bless The sum of human happiness. Not as we take, but as we give; Not as we pray, but as we live - These are the things that make for peace, Both now and after Time shall cease." ~ Joseph Cullen Root

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) was honored to announce the awarding of their 2017 Historic Preservation Recognition Award to Mrs. Elisa Mitchiner. Elisa is a descendant of three of the earliest families that settled the Niceville area of Okaloosa County.

Elisa’s interest in family and community history has resulted in several endeavors to preserve our local history:

  • Established and is the webmaster for the Niceville,Florida Online History Center, an educational not-for-profit website (boggyflorida.com/Niceville).

  • Documented information for the renaming of the Boggy Bayou Bridge in Niceville to the William Nathey Bridge during the 150th commemorative anniversary of the Nathey Gristmill built in 1857. (William Nathey was her great-great grandfather).

  • Brought attention to the Nathey Gristmill Stones now located at the Heritage Museum in Valparaiso.

  • Revealed through research that today’s name for Niceville had been Boggy. Post Office records reflect the name change to Niceville in 1910 when it was still in Walton County.

  • Instrumental in the change on the Niceville City Seal establishing the founding date of July 21, 1868 when the Florida Legislature authorized mail service to the community.

Since 2013, the Niceville Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp has become Elisa’s prime project. She researched the years from 1933-1942 when Niceville was home to two CCC companies, and the first camp in the State of Florida and began fundraising efforts for a CCC Statue to honor those young men.She continues to share that information with clubs and organizations to promote the fact that Niceville had the first CCC camp in the state.The CCC was instrumental in the development of Eglin Field which became Eglin Air Force Base. Few today know of the extensive involvement of the CCC in Okaloosa County. Mrs. Mitchiner believes a CCC Worker Statue will be a tangible symbol of their contributions to this area.

Currently Mrs. Mitchiner is a member of the CCC Legacy, the Panhandle Historic Preservation Alliance (PHPA), the Niceville Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Vision 2025 Task Force.

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