Heritage Education

Part of Tampa Preservation, Inc.’s mission is to educate the community about the importance of preserving the area’s rich history. Many of TPI’s publications have focused on programs for school children to ensure that future generations develop an appreciation for the Tampa region’s culture and architecture. Contact TPI for information about obtaining copies of any of the publications.

Tampa Preservation, Inc. Publications

  • In 1979, TPI created “Tampa Through Time”, a multi-media classroom series to education students about Tampa’s history and built environment. The program includes activity books, teacher’s guides, filmstrips, soundtrack and video.  About 10,000 fourth graders in the Hillsborough County School System receive the program annually.  Over 150,000 students have been reached through this program.
  • TPI implemented the first of two annual in-service teacher workshops for elementary and secondary educators called “Teach the Teachers” in 1998.  The program has trained over 1,000 Hillsborough County teachers to use “Tampa Through Time” as well as other state and local resources on the preservation, history and architecture of Tampa.
  • TPI wrote and published A Driving Tour of Hyde Park (1988), Discovering Ybor City (1986 & 1994), and Discovering Hyde Park (1991), walking tour and activity books for children based around two Tampa National Register Historic Districts.
  • TPI wrote and published If Our House Could Talk and created a companion video “Me and My Neighborhood” (2004) as part of a new 4th grade Heritage Education Program “Saving Yesterday for Tomorrow”. “Saving Yesterday for Tomorrow” was designed to meet the changing needs of the new millennium.  As the 9th largest school district in the nation, TPI worked closely with the School District in development, dissemination, and teacher training for this project.
  • TPI partnered with the Henry B. Plant Museum to write and publish the second installment of the “Saving Yesterday for Tomorrow” program – If Our Hotel Could Talk (2005).
  • TPI produced a poster entitled A Salute to Historic Hillsborough County Schools (2005) to educate both students and the community about our unique historical and architectural heritage and to salute the stewardship and dedication of the School District of Hillsborough County for our historic schools.