Promote Florida Heritage Tourism

Florida Trust for Historic Preservation

Florida Trust for Historic PreservationThis year the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation is partnering with VISIT FLORIDA, the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, Florida Attractions Association, Florida Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, the Florida Association of Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Florida Association of Museums for Florida Tourism Day.

As you may know, the purpose of Florida Tourism Day is to educate the legislature, media and Floridians about the importance of Florida’s tourism industry and the rationale for public funding. It is the perfect day to let our lawmakers know just how vital tourism is to our state and how crucial it is for them to support Florida’s No. 1 industry.

Historic Preservation is a VITAL PART of Tourism.  The Florida Trust has a full day of visits planned for January 18th and NEEDS you to attend.

Please register today (deadline January 10th)! Meet with your colleagues from around the state, enjoy a CEO briefing and then visit your Legislators in their Tallahassee Offices. After your work is done – come to a “Street Party” on South Adams and enjoy the festivities.

Your participation is critical to educate and remind the legislators that historic preservation is an important component of Tourism and has a tremendous economic impact.

Tourism Day Registration Form and Tentative Schedule

For information on special lodging deals, contact the Florida Trust at 850-224-8128.

Florida Trust: Florida Tourism Day 2011

Florida Trust for Historic Preservation

Florida Trust for Historic PreservationThis year the Florida Trust is partnering with FAM, Citizens for Florida Arts and the Florida Cultural Alliance – along with VISIT FLORIDA, the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, Florida Attractions Association, Florida Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, and the Florida Association of Convention & Visitors Bureau for Florida Tourism Day.

The purpose of Florida Tourism Day is to educate the legislature, media and Floridians about the importance of Florida’s tourism industry and the rationale for public funding.  It is the perfect day to let our lawmakers know just how vital tourism is to our state and how crucial it is for them to support Florida’s No. 1 industry.  For many years I have heard comments about museums, culture and historic preservation being PART of Tourism.  This is our opportunity to SHINE as a cultural and historic preservation community!  We have a full day planned for March 22nd and we NEED you to attend.

Please PLAN to attend this very important Advocacy Day!  Meet with your colleagues from around the state, enjoy a CEO briefing and then visit your Legislators in their Tallahassee Offices.  After your work is done – come to the “Street Party” on South Adams and enjoy the festivities.

Your participation is critical to educate and remind the legislators that WE are part of Tourism and we have a tremendous economic impact and create jobs.

For more information see the schedule and registration form.

Tampa Bay History Center November Lecture

As part of the Florida Conversations Lecture series, the Tampa Bay History Center will host “How Florida Happened: The Political Education of Buddy MacKay” featuring Buddy MacKay with an introduction by City of Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio at the Tampa Bay History Center on November 17th at 6:30 pm. Florida Conversations is free and open to the public. It is underwritten by the Tampa Bay History Center Endowment Fund at USF. The series is co-sponsored by the USF Libraries Florida Studies Center and the Tampa Bay History Center. More information and driving directions: (813) 228-0097 or http://flasc.lib.usf.edu

Save Florida’s Shipwrecks

Florida Shipwreck

The Florida Division of Historical Resources has submitted a project idea in the Pepsi Refresh: Do Good for the Gulf contest for $250,000 to help protect Florida shipwrecks.

Florida ShipwreckThe Save Our Shipwrecks project will save threatened shipwrecks, enhance environmental restoration, stimulate economic development and inspire and empower conservation through interactive learning opportunities. Florida boasts distinctive and historically significant shipwrecks. 23 sites have been located off the coast of Pensacola alone. Some are archaeological preserves, others like the USS Oriskany have become a “Great Carrier Reef” providing vitally important aquatic ecosystems and habitats for marinelife. These sites are popular destinations for fishermen, divers, historians and students and are an important economic investment for coastal communities.

You can vote once each day until August 31 at http://gulf.refresheverything.com/saveourshipwrecks to help these significant resources.

Spanish Colonial Heritage Trail

The Florida Spanish Colonial Heritage Trail is a 64-page, full-color guidebook highlighting more than 50 Spanish heritage and historical sites dating from 1513 to 1821. While St. Augustine and Pensacola are landmark areas, Spanish explorations and legacies are reflected in museums, forts, parks, shipwrecks, memorials and churches throughout the state.

The publication includes color photos and illustrations of sites and artifacts as well as biographical profiles and historical essays examining Native American and Spanish interaction, Spanish missions, forts and outposts, and much more. A timeline traces historical highlights from the periods of exploration, permanent settlement and missionization, and Colonial rivalries, British and Second Spanish Periods.

Important milestones include:

  • One of the first European settlement attempts in the United States was Spanish explorer Tristan de Luna’s 1559 arrival in what today is Pensacola Bay. In February 2009, HM King Juan Carlos I and HM Queen Sofia of Spain visited Pensacola in honor of Pensacola’s 450th Anniversary.
  • The 2013 Quincentennial Celebrations to honor the 1513 arrival and exploration of Florida by Juan Ponce de Leon and the 500th Anniversary of Florida.
  • St. Augustine’s 450th Anniversary in 2015 to acknowledge Pedro Menéndez de Avilés’ arrival and settlement in 1565.

The Florida Spanish Colonial Heritage Trail was produced by VISIT FLORIDA with funding from the Governor’s Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development in cooperation with the Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources. For more information on Florida’s Spanish Colonial history and cultural heritage visit www.VivaFlorida.org.

The guide book is available online at www.flheritage.com/services/trails/scht/ or may be purchased through www.FloridasHistoryShop.com.

Florida Conversations Lecture Series


Florida Conversations gives scholars and writers the opportunity to share their work with a general audience through a series of lectures on various Florida studies subjects. Covering subjects as far-ranging as architecture, literature, the arts, and anthropology, much of the appeal of the lectures is in their diversity. The Florida Conversations Lecture Series is underwritten by the Tampa Bay History Center Endowment Fund at USF with media sponsorship from The Tampa Tribune. The series is co-sponsored by the USF Libraries Florida Studies Center and the Tampa Bay History Center. More information call (813) 228-0097.

September 27th, 3:00 PM – Sunday
An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century

Jack E. Davis

October 22nd, 7:00 PM – Thursday

Florida Cowboys: Keepers of the Last Frontier
Carlton Ward, Jr.

November 10th, 7:00 PM – Tuesday
The Columbia Restaurant: Celebrating a Century of History, Culture, and Cuisine

Andrew Huse & Richard Gonzmart
Takes place in the Siboney Room, Columbia Restaurant, Ybor City

January 31st, 3:00 PM – Sunday
Ditch of Dreams: The Cross Florida Barge Canal and the Struggle for Florida’s Future

Steven Noll & David Tegeder

February 21st, 3:00 PM – Sunday
The Odyssey of an African Slave, by Sitiki.

Patricia C. Gri n

March 21st, 3:00 PM – Sunday
Notes from Cross Creek: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings at her Salty Best

Performed by Betty Jean Steinshouer

April 25th, 3:00 PM – Sunday
Painter in a Savage Land: The Strange Saga of Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues, the First European Artist in North America

Miles Harvey

May 23rd, 3:00 PM – Sunday
Mama Rides Shotgun

Deborah Sharp, author of the Florida-set Mace Bauer mystery series

June 13th, 3:00 PM – Sunday
Final Countdown: NASA and the End of the Space Shuttle Program

Pat Duggins