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Preservation Month

Celebrate Preservation Month!

Proctor Marker dedicationSecretary 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 

Bacardi Building MiamiThe 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. Entrees will have the opportunity to win prizes donated by the DHR and historical sites from all over the state. 


Featured Preservation Month Events

The Museum of Florida History and John G. Riley Museum present the Emancipation Day Celebration on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at Knott House Museum, 301 East Park Avenue, Tallahassee, Florida.
All events on May 20 are free and open to the public. For more information, visit

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

May 15-18, the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation will present its annual conference in Pensacola, titled First Florida, Forever Florida

The 67th Florida Folklife Festival will be held at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park in White Springs on May 24-26, during Memorial Day Weekend. For more information visit:

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

St. Johns Episcopal Restoration Preview

 The Florida Division of Historical Resources and St. John's Episcopal Church Tallahassee will host a program on recent restoration efforts at St. John's Episcopal Church. Join us in the St. John's historic sanctuary on May 23 at 6:00pm for a presentation by Restocon, the subcontractor for recent foundation and brick repair projects. Following the presentation, guests can enjoy refreshments and wander the grounds to view restoration results.

Preservation X Transportation

The Grove Museum is pleased to partner with the Florida Department of Transportation, Tallahassee-Leon County Planning Department, and Leon County Office of Sustainability to host a free, all-ages event on Saturday, May 11, to highlight the relationship between alternative transportation and historic preservation in building sustainable communities. For more information visit: