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State Historical Marker Council

Florida Historical Marker Council Member Information

The purpose of the State Historical Marker Council is to provide assistance, advice, and recommendations to the Division of Historical Resources by evaluating proposals for official Florida Historical Markers and identifying goals for the State Historical Marker Program. Statutory authority: Section 267.0743, Florida Statutes.



Dr. Barbara Mattick

Tallahassee, Florida

Term: September 1, 2016 to August 30, 2018

Barbara Mattick, Ph.D., received her doctorate in History in 2008 from Florida State University in Tallahassee. Dr. Mattick has been involved in historic preservation in Florida for over 30 years. Much of that time was spent coordinating Florida’s National Register Program. She also served as Chief for the Bureau of Historic Preservation in Division of Historic Resources and as Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer. From 2004-2013, Dr. Mattick worked as an Adjunct Professor for Florida State University, where she taught Introduction to Historic Preservation.



Dr. K. Stephen Prince

Tampa, Florida

Term: September 1, 2016 to August 30, 2018
K. Stephen Prince, Ph.D., received his doctorate in History in 2010 from Yale University. Since 2010, he has served on the faculty for the History Department at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Dr. Prince teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on African American history, the U.S. South, historical memory, and post-Civil War history. His first book, Stories of the South: Race and the Reconstruction of Southern Identity, 1865-1915, published in 2014, uses culture as a means to analyze the change in Southern identity in the United State following the Civil War.


Mr. Jeff Ransom
Miami, Florida

Term: September 1, 2016 to August 30, 2018

Jeff Ransom, M.A., received his master’s degree in Archaeology and Heritage in 2006 from the University of Leicester in Leicester, England. His research interests include Florida Archaeology, Southeastern U.S. Archaeology, Prehistoric Migrations, and the Archaeology of Caves and Caverns. Since 2006, Mr. Ransom has worked as the County Archaeologist for Miami-Dade County. Mr. Ransom coordinated with the Bureau of Archaeological Research in the excavation of the Miami Circle, one of the most significant archaeological sites in Florida.