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.
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 also benefits Florida’s economy, drawing locals and visitors to support their favorite local venues and historic places.
National Historic Preservation Month is a campaign led by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Florida Division of Historical Resources is utilizing this platform as an opportunity to showcase ways in which the division works year-round to promote and protect Florida’s historic places.
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 cultures. 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 Sweepstakes!
To find out more about other events and programs taking place throughout the state during Historic Preservation Month, find us on Facebook Florida Division of Historical Resources, Florida Main Street Program, The Museum of Florida History, The Grove Museum, and Mission San Luis.
The Division of Historical Resources also has an Instagram! Tag @flheritage and join the conversation by using #PreservationMonthFL.
This year, the Division of Historical Resources is partnering with the Florida Park Service to feature five weekly contests on Facebook throughout May to highlight five Florida State Parks. The featured parks are either on the National Register of Historic Places or contain National Register listed sites within the park. Clues will be provided, and a winner will be selected at random each week out of those who correctly identify each featured park. Weekly winners will receive a day pass for up to 8 people, to visit any one of the 175 award-winning Florida State Parks, trails, and historic sites! Park passes are provided by Florida State Parks Foundation, Inc.