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Preservation Month

Celebrate Preservation Month!

May is National Historic Preservation Month and an opportunity for Floridians across the state to celebrate the historically significant places in their community and the importance of preserving Florida’s rich history. Throughout the month, the Division of Historical Resources (DHR) will continue to raise awareness of historic preservation in Florida and engage Floridians in exploring and appreciating the many historically significant places in our state.

Led by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the theme for the National Historic Preservation Month campaign is #ThisPlaceMatters. The DHR joins the national effort to showcase ways in which we work year-round to protect, preserve and promote Florida’s historic places, including through the department’s Florida Heritage Trail publication series.

The Florida Heritage Trail publication series began in 1991 and helps to raise awareness of the state’s cultural and historical resources. Each publication offers profiles of significant individuals and identifies historical sites throughout Florida that are related to the topic being examined, such as the Civil War or Native American history.

The DHR has produced 15 Florida Heritage Trail publications, which are all available online and can be found by visiting: Florida Heritage Trails.

The DHR has also launched a series of weekly contests on our Facebook page to highlight National Historic Landmarks and National Register properties in Florida. Prizes will be awarded to randomly selected individuals who correctly identify the historic site in each contest. For a chance to win enter by going to Florida Division of Historical Resources on Facebook.

DHR continues to highlight the national Preservation 50 initiative, which recognizes 50 years of the National Historic Preservation Act and shines a light on the past, present and potential future achievements in historic preservation.

For a calendar of National Historic Preservation Month activities in Florida, please visit our Upcoming Meetings and Events page. To learn more about National Historic Preservation Month, please visit Savingplaces.org.

Historic Preservation in Florida 

The Florida Department of State’s Division of Historical Resources (DHR) is responsible for preserving and promoting Florida’s historical, archaeological, and folk culture resources. The Division Director’s office oversees a grants-in-aid program to help preserve and maintain Florida’s historic buildings and archaeological sites; coordinates outreach programs such as the State Historic Markers program and the Florida Folklife program which identifies and promotes the state's traditional culture. DHR directs historic preservation efforts throughout the state in cooperation with state and federal agencies, local governments, private organizations, and individuals. The Division director serves as the State Historic Preservation Officer, acting as the liaison with the national historic preservation program conducted by the National Park Service. The Division is comprised of two Bureaus, archaeological research and historic preservation. 

Featured Preservation Month Events

Mission San Luis

Mission San Luis

All through Preservation Month, Mission San Luis will be hosting tours and workshops. Learn more about them here: https://www.missionsanluis.org/visitorInfo/events.cfm

Florida Folk Festival

Florida Folk Festival

The 65th Florida Folklife Festival will be held at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park in White Springs on May 26-28, during Memorial Day Weekend. For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/FloridaFolkFestival/

World War I Centennial

World War I Centennial

The month closes with the commemoration of Memorial Day on May 29. In partnership with the United States World War One Centennial Commission (WW1CC), the Florida Division of Historical Resources has created a Florida website hosted on the Commission’s webpage along with over a dozen other contributing states.