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Preservation50 is the national initiative commemorating the 50th anniversary of the signing of the National Historic Preservation Act on October 15, 1966 by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The Act laid the groundwork for programs and procedural protections that are fundamental to historic preservation efforts today. Learn more about it here.

Throughout 2016, the Florida Division of Historical Resources invites you to join us in the national celebration of Preservation50. Read the press release here. On May 7, 2016 the Tallahassee Democrat published an Op-Ed by Secretary Ken Detzner on the subject of historic preservation in our state. Read it here.

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Historic Preservation in Florida Today

Many of the programs administered today by the Florida Division of Historical Resources within the Florida Department of State, are a result of the National Historic Preservation Act.  The National Register of Historic PlacesCertified Local Government programs, and the Section 106 Review Process, receive funding support from the Historic Preservation Fund created by the Act, which also established state and tribal historic preservation programs, and State Historic Preservation Officers who are appointed to preserve the nation’s cultural and historic resources

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Featured Events

Florida Historic Golf Trail

Florida’s golf history is recognized as one of the oldest in the nation. A number of the earliest courses were created alongside the development of the state's railroads and hotels. The Florida Historic Golf Trail celebrates Florida’s early golf heritage by featuring publicly accessible golf courses throughout the state that golfers can still play on today. The Florida Historic Golf Trail is a program of the Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources, and is designed to enhance public awareness of Florida’s historic golf courses.

Irreplaceable Heritage

Beginning June 2nd, the Historic Capitol Museum will open its exhibit, Irreplaceable Heritage, honoring the 50th Anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act.  This exhibit will be open to the public until November 27, 2016. For more information click here

The Lee Boys

The Florida Folklife Program is pleased to present The Lee Boys as part of our Folk Artist Residency series in Tallahassee November 3-4, 2016. As one of America’s finest African-American sacred steel ensembles, The Lee Boys will conduct a series of master classes that will culminate in a free concert at the historic Lee Hall Auditorium at Florida A&M University (FAMU) on November 4, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.