News & Announcements

Posted: April 27, 2016
Celebrate National Preservation Month--May 2016

Join the National Trust for Historic Preservation, along with local and state preservation organizations, in celebrating National Preservation Month 2016!

May is Preservation Month, and this year the National Trust is celebrating with three words that say it all: This. Place. Matters.

Everyone has places that are important to them. Places they care about. Places that matter. This Place Matters is national campaign that encourages people to celebrate the places that are meaningful to them and to their communities.

This campaign isn’t just about photography. It’s about telling the stories of the places we can’t live without. We hope to encourage and inspire an ongoing dialogue about the importance of place and preservation in all of our lives.

As with the National Trust, we believe that Preservation Month is an excellent opportunity to shine a spotlight on all the special places that are important to you.

Learn more about this effort and download tricks and tools to help you get started promoting. Click here and follow the steps to get started! Download your This Place Matters materials including signs, social media share-ables, and a campaign toolkit. Also be sure to share your photos online with the hashtag #ThisPlaceMatters.

Posted: February 03, 2016
New Grants Available for Community Organizations--Florida Humanities Council

The Florida Humanities Council announces New Grant Deadlines for Community Organizations interested in designing and implementing a variety of public humanities projects. Deadlines are April 1 and June 1, 2016. Complete details and application materials are available online.

Mini-grants (up to $5,000) provide financial support for the planning and implementation of public humanities programs and resources that meet the needs and interests of local communities. Projects may include lecture series and panel discussions, reading and discussion groups, film series, oral history projects, exhibitions, and the development of cultural resources that complement public programming.

Posted: January 30, 2016
Florida Trust to Sponsor 2016 People-to-People Trips to Havana, Cuba

Immerse yourself in the history, culture, the people, and the architectural riches on a People-to-People exchange trip to Cuba.

Building on the success of three trips to Havana in October of 2013, 2014, and 2015, the Florida Trust will again sponsor a trip in October of 2016. The trip will focus on the historic architecture from the Spanish Colonial period to mid-twentieth century, the many shared architectural influences between Cuba and Florida, and the importance of embracing international historic preservation values.

This trip is designed to provide meaningful exchanges on Cuba’s colonial history and heritage, interiors, art, restoration efforts, the jewels of modern architecture to 1959, efforts during the post-Revolution period of the 1960s and 1970s, and more. Each day begins with a expert lecture on the resources to be studied and visited that day, giving a context for what we see and learn. We will meet and tour with the dedicated preservationists working hard to preserve resources and show support for their efforts.

And of course, there is the food, music, street life, vintage cars and friendly people!

Trip is scheduled for October 9-15, 2016. Travelers will receive a one-year membership in the Florida Trust at the Advocate level as a part of their trip costs. This trip is fully licensed and permitted by both the Cuban and United States governments.

The Florida Trust is a registered provider of continuing education with the American Institute of Architects. Continuing education credits may be offered through the AIA if architect travelers wish to pursue this.

A complete itinerary for the trip with costs and a traveler reservation form may be downloaded from this page. Cuban-born travelers have an additional visa requirement. Please contact Anne Peery at 850-224-8128 or with questions or for more information.


2016 Florida Trust for Historic Preservation Havana trip packet

Posted: January 08, 2016
Florida Trust to hold a Member Recruitment Social & High Tea, January 26--Sarasota

You’re Invited! A Gathering of Friends of Historic Preservation
View Invitation Details Here
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Private Location/Residence, contact for address)

Following the reception will be a formal program in Venice with lecture by Clay Henderson, President, Florida Trust for Historic Preservation. The lecture, “The Economic Value of Historic Preservation,” is part of the series “Design for Living-John Nolen and the Renaissance of New Urbanism.”

Lecture begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Venice Community Center, 326 Nokomis Avenue South, Venice, FL 34285.

For more information or to RSVP contact Lorrie Muldowney, 941-953-2916, or Linda Stevenson at

Posted: December 04, 2015
Call for Nominations--2016 Most Endangered Historic Sites

Milton Historic District
Each year, the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation announces Florida’s Eleven Most Endangered Historic Sites as part of the Annual Statewide Preservation Conference. The Most Endangered Historic Sites program is designed to increase the public’s awareness of the urgent need to save Florida’s neglected or threatened historic resources. We do that to empower local preservationists and preservation groups in their efforts to preserve Florida’s rich history.

The deadline for submitting nominations for the 2016 Most Endangered Historic Sites in Florida is February 29, 2016.

The 2016 Eleven Most Endangered Sites will be announced on May 12, 2016 at the Opening Session of the Florida Trust’s 38th Anniversary Conference in Tallahassee, Florida.

Nomination Form

Posted: October 28, 2015
R.J. Heisenbottle Architects Wins AIA Miami 2015 People's Choice Award

Preservation Partner and Florida Trust Member R.J. Heisenbottle Architects was recognized by AIA Miami for its restoration of the Glenn H. Curtiss Mansion in Miami Springs, Florida.

Built in 1925, the Curtiss Mansion was the home of aviation pioneer Glenn Hammond Curtiss who, along with James Bright, founded the cities of Miami Springs, Hialeah and Opa-Locka. Curtiss and Bright selected the Pueblo theme for Miami Springs, which was inspired by the architectural vocabulary of Arizona and New Mexico during the 1920s and Curtiss’s then-recent trip through New Mexico on his way to Florida from Coronado, CA, where he had trained the first US Naval aviators. The Curtiss Mansion is one of the finest examples of this hybrid style that was built in Miami Springs.

Over the years, deterioration, vandalism, neglect and multiple arson fires decimated the building into a roofless shell. After 12 years (interrupted by the tragedy of 9/11) of painstaking fundraising efforts by Curtiss Mansion, Inc., a not-for-profit organization, the complicated and meticulous historic restoration began in 2009. R.J. Heisenbottle Architects restored and, where necessary, replicated the building’s historic character and design elements to the original 1925 configuration based on historic research and photographs. Douglas Wood Associates and Gartek Engineering were essential in providing the structural and MEP solutions for this major rehabilitation effort that balanced a respectful treatment of the historical character while providing modern amenities. The Curtiss Mansion reopened its doors to the public in 2012 as an historic site dedicated to Glenn Curtiss’s and other’s contributions to transportation history, with an accent on aviation, the home of the Curtiss Explorers and Camp Invention, as well as a rental venue for social, corporate, civic, governmental, educational and entertainment events. Photo credit: Dan Forer

Posted: October 05, 2015
Celebrating 50 Years of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966--New Promotional Images Available

Preservation50 is the United States’ four-year effort to celebrate, learn from and leverage the National Historic Preservation Act’s first five decades to assure historic preservation’s vibrant future in America.

Preservation50 wishes to empower local preservationists to add their own efforts to the celebration. We encourage you to make use of one of the six Preservation50 logos. Incorporating the logos into your local Preservation50 event can increase public awareness of the national celebration and help promote historic and cultural preservation across the nation. View guidelines and download images online.

Special thanks to designers Slavisa Jajcanin, freelance designer, and Griswold for their contributions to the P50 poster designs.

Posted: September 30, 2015
Florida Division of Historical Resources Announces Rankings for Grant Applicants--Tallahassee

The Florida Department of State Division of Historical Resources announces its final ranking for the 2017 Special Category Grant applicants. View the final rankings here or visit the Department’s website and learn more about the State Grant Programs.

Posted: September 10, 2015
2016 Annual Conference: Historic Preservation--A Capital Idea!

Historic Preservation—A Capital Idea! Celebrating the
50th Anniversary of the Historic Preservation Act of 1966

The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation announces its 2016 annual conference. Don’t miss the 38th Florida Trust for Historic Preservation Annual Conference, scheduled May 12-14 in Tallahassee, Florida. The conference will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Historic Preservation Act of 1966 with the theme Historic Preservation—A Capital Idea! This event promises top-notch educational programs, spectacular venues for special events, interesting destinations for tours, qualified CEUs, and more. Expert speakers and networking experiences will leave you anticipating the next FTHP event.

Keynote Speaker

Mark C. McDonald has served as President and CEO of The Georgia Trust since June 2008. Since that time, The Georgia Trust has dramatically improved its budget performance and extended its programs and revolving fund activities.

Mr. McDonald has nearly 30 years of professional involvement in historic preservation and a strong business background. He has served as the executive director for three preservation organizations in the Southeast, including the Historic Salisbury Foundation in North Carolina from 1986-1990, the Mobile Historic Development Commission in Mobile, Alabama from 1990-1998 and most recently, Historic Savannah Foundation since 1998. During Mark’s tenure at Historic Savannah Foundation, the organization became a strong advocate for quality urban design; reinvigorated its revolving fund program by selling nearly 75 endangered properties with preservation easements and built the fund’s capital from $30,000 to approximately $1 million; and helped gain architectural design review in three additional historic districts.

Registration is available online by clicking here. Members will receive communications about registration, which will also be posted on our website.

The conference hotel is the Hotel Duval located in Tallahassee’s historic downtown district, where we will enjoy beautiful views and a discounted room rate in the Florida Trust room block. Complete lodging information can be found here.

Posted: May 12, 2015
Annual Conference Survey - Your Feedback Matters!

Each year following the annual conference, the Florida Trust collects evaluation surveys from conference attendees to measure experiences with workshops, tours, speakers, event venues, as well as to collect ideas for future conferences. If you attended the 2015 conference in Miami, “Historic Places/Modern Spaces,” the Florida Trust would like to hear about your experience. This survey can be used share information about the conference itself as well as heritage tourism information such as dollars spent, room nights in hotels, and other similar data.

Please complete the survey here: