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Preservation Month

Celebrate Preservation Month!

Burroughs HouseHistoric Preservation Month is celebrated nationally each year in May to recognize the importance of preserving historic resources, and their significance to local communities. Throughout the month, the Florida Department of State joins these efforts led by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to raise awareness of historic preservation in Florida.

The Florida Division of Historical Resources works year-round to protect and promote Florida’s historic places. Historic preservation improves our quality of life and contributes to our understanding of each other and the diverse heritage of our state. Preservation of historic sites and properties benefits Florida’s economy, attracting visitors from across the nation and around the world.

During the month of May, citizens are invited to attend special events at historic sites throughout the state to participate in activities and programs celebrating historic preservation efforts in Florida. This year, the Florida Division of Historical Resources (DHR) offers special online contests on the Division’s social media pages. 

For more about our social media contests and other Preservation Month events, click here.

To find a calendar of Historic Preservation Month events and programs taking place throughout the state during May, visit our events page here: Upcoming Events, or go to the websites or social media pages of the Florida Division of Historical Resources, Florida Main Street Program, Florida State Parks, Florida Scenic Highways Program, and Florida Trust for Historic Preservation for more information about special events and programs planned for Historic Preservation Month throughout May.

Historic Preservation in Florida 

Historical Marker DedicationThe 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. 

Find Us on Social Media and Enter Our Contests!

To find out more about other Historic Preservation Month events and programs taking place throughout the state during May, visit our social media pages Florida Division of Historical ResourcesFlorida Main Street ProgramFlorida Folklife Program, and Florida Historic Golf Trail

Throughout May, we will be hosting contests on our Facebook and Instagram pages. Entrees will have the opportunity to win prizes donated by the DHR and historical sites from all over the state. 

You can find more information about our Preservation Month contests by going here: Social Media Contests  

Featured Preservation Month Events

Led by Executive Director Johnathan Grandage, this program series consists of in-depth guided tours of the Grove Museum and conversation with attendees about topics in American history and historic preservation. The program focuses on innovative historic preservation approaches used in the award-winning Call-Collins House rehabilitation project. 

This program involves some walking and standing, so please wear comfortable shoes and dress to be indoors and outdoors, weather permitting.

This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

The Season of Emancipation begins on May 12 and culminates with the historical reenactment and reading of the Emancipation Proclamation on May 20, on the steps of the Knott House Museum at 301 East Park Avenue in Tallahassee.

All through Preservation Month, Mission San Luis will be hosting tours and workshops. Learn more about them here:

Throughout the month of May, the Florida Historic Capitol Museum continues its special exhibit titled Capitol Creations: Investigate & Create, which explores the architecture and design of the capitol from 1845 through present day. The Historic Capitol Museum recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of "Save the Old Capitol Night" when citizens descended on the Historic Capitol steps in save the structure from demolition. The Historic Capitol is open to the public and is restored to its 1902 appearance. 

May 17-19, the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation will present its annual conference in Jacksonville, titled Stories, Structures & Soul. This year, the Florida Trust celebrates its 40th year of protecting Florida's history and heritage.

The 66th Florida Folklife Festival will be held at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park in White Springs on May 25-27, during Memorial Day Weekend. For more information visit:

To see our online calendar with more Historic Preservation Month events visit our Upcoming Events page.