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Florida Preservation News Round-Up: October 31, 2022

Updated: Nov 30, 2022

St. Peter's Cemetery unveils historic marker. Photo by Voleer Thomas for The Guardian.

Historic preservation is making headlines in Florida. Here's a round-up of new items to watch, and updates on stories we've been following:

Famed environmentalist Marjorie Stoneman Douglas' small cottage in Coconut Grove, listed in 2018 Florida's 11 to Save, has become a point of contention. Will her wish to turn it into a museum ever be realized?

Historic St. Peter Cemetery unveils marker designated by the Florida Historical Marker Council. The cemetery has been used as burial ground by local Black families since before the Civil War.

Sanibel Lighthouse's detached leg has been recovered; plans for the restoration of the lighthouse are underway.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Past Forward 2022 conference will take place November 1-4 2022. Florida Trust Board Members Ennis Davis, Corion DeLaine, Friederike Mittner, Paul Backhouse and CEO & President Melissa Wyllie have been invited as speakers.

The Marjorie recently published a great series on the Egmont Key, listed in 2017 Florida's 11 to Save, the first resource whose primary threat was sea-level rise. Read about its dark history as a stopover in the Trail of Tears, and the Seminole Tribe's take on saving it.

The Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Museum is hosting New Zealand’s HAKA Māori Cultural Experience next week, including traditional Haka (dance), Toi (art), Reo me ōna tikanga (language and customs) and pūrākau (stories) of Aotearoa (New Zealand) up close in person November 4 & 5.

The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Historic Preservation Grants provide financial assistance for projects that preserve historic resources, sites and other history-related projects. The application deadline is December 1

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