Celebrate Preservation Month!
Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee encourages Floridians to celebrate National Historic Preservation Month, which is observed during the month of May to recognize the importance of preserving historic resources and their significance to local communities. The Florida Department of State is joining 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, special events will be held at historic sites throughout the state with opportunities to participate in activities and programs that celebrate historic preservation efforts in Florida. The DHR is hosting contests on its Facebook page for Historic Preservation Month.
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
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.
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 Resources, Florida Main Street Program, Florida Folklife Program, and Florida Historic Golf Trail.
Throughout May, we will be hosting contests on our Facebook. Entrees will have the opportunity to win prizes donated by the DHR and historical sites from all over the state.