Submit Your Florida Trust Awards Applications

The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation announces its 2015 Call for Nominations for historic preservation awards, with a deadline for submitting nominations of February 28, 2015.

Those interested in nominating an individual or project for award recognition can view complete information on the 2015 Call for Nominations at the Florida Trust website.

fltrustawardEach year the Florida Trust solicits nominations for outstanding examples of preservation of architectural, archaeological and cultural resources in Florida. The winners of awards in a variety of categories are announced and celebrated each year at the Florida Trust’s annual conference.

The Florida Trust also chooses individuals to receive the Carl Weinhardt Award and the Evelyn Fortune Bartlett Award, and introducing a new award, the Roy E. Graham Award. The Carl Weinhardt Award is given to an individual to recognize his or her significant achievements and leadership in non-governmental state historic preservation arenas. The Evelyn Fortune Bartlett Award is given to an individual whose life exemplifies the guardianship of Florida’s historic properties through philosophy and actions. The Roy E. Graham Award is given to an individual who has made a long-term contribution to the field of historic preservation education,ensuring that future generations understand the importance of preservation of the architectural, historical and archaeological heritage of Florida.

The Awards Recognition Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 8, 2015, during the 37th Annual Conference in Miami, Florida, followed by a ticketed reception honoring the award winners.

“William Bartram” Coming to Brooksville

The Historic Hernando Preservation Society is pleased to present J.D. Sutton’s acclaimed performance as botanist, artist and explorer William Bartram, Puc Puggy’s Travels in Florida, on Thursday, January 8th, 2015 at 6:30 the Brooksville City Hall.

In 1773 William Bartram began a four-year journey of exploration and discovery through America’s southern colonies. His account of his adventures, Bartram’s Travels, is considered a classic of American writing, praised for its vivid descriptions of native American culture, and of a land largely untouched by European hands.

Traveling from the wilderness of Florida to the mountains of North Carolina and the banks of the Mississippi, Bartram took extensive notes of what he saw and the people he encountered, leaving us a remarkable time-capsule of our country’s early frontier. Actor/playwright J.D. Sutton brings William Bartram to life, sharing tales of his adventures – his encounters with Seminoles and his battles with alligators – and his awe at the beauty of the land which was, and is, Florida.

As a part of this encounter “Mr. Bartram” engages the audience in an impromptu question-and-answer session, during which they may ask any questions they wish. The performance will be followed with an open-ended “talk-back” with the actor/playwright.

Mr. Sutton’s performance has been received with enthusiasm: “If you get the chance to see this performance, don’t miss the opportunity,” “…a nuanced, informative and entertaining enactment …The audience was rapt in its attention.” “Definitely a recommended program for those interested in botany and history.” “Your performance was fabulously appealing to the whole audience. I hated to see it end.” “I would be willing to travel considerable distance to experience your portrayal of Bartram again.”

Experience a theatrical encounter with one of early America’s most unforgettable men. William Bartram ~ Puc Puggy’s Travels in Florida will be presented Thursday, January 8th, 2015 at the Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Avenue in Brooksville.

Co-sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council, this performance is free, and open to the public.

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Historic Preservation Awards Celebration

Florida Trust for Historic Preservation
Florida Trust for Historic PreservationPlan to join your friends, neighbors and other community leaders for a FREE Historic Preservation Awards Celebration at the beautiful Tampa Theatre on Friday May 16th from 5:30-7 pm.  We want to recognize local preservationist, organizations and neighborhood associations for their contributions to preserving the authentic parts of our community.   Award-winning projects from throughout Florida will be applauded and you will be inspired!
The Awards Celebration is part of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation’s 36th Annual Conference “Minarets to Mid-Century Modern: Preservation in Tampa Bay”  being held in Tampa from May 15-17th. This three day conference will offer a broad array of preservation activities, workshops, tours and receptions and will be a perfect opportunity to remind residents that our efforts to preserve what we value in our neighborhoods is not a singular task, but widely shared.
It’s easy to get involved in the conference! Encourage your friends to attend the conference by registering at We are all very excited about this opportunity to bring together all who share a passion for preservation to trade ideas, share success stories and work together to preserve our history!
Becky Clarke and Del Acosta
Local Co-Chairs
Shorty Robbins and Linda Saul-Sena
Statewide Conference Co-Chairs

Tampa Heights Historic Home Tour

TOH-2014Tampa Heights’ Annual Historic Tour of Homes will take place on February 23, 2014 from noon to 5 pm. Eight homes will be on the tour this year. Tickets are available in advance at the Tampa Heights Website at or the day of the tour at the Tampa Heights Community Center  at the corner of Palm Ave. & Lamar Ave. All proceeds from the Tour will go towards completion of the Community Center.