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June 2017 Florida Trust News
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View of Kelly Ingram park from A. G. Gaston's office

Why Protect Historic Places?

This month I participated in the National Trust for Historic Preservation Leadership Training: Preserving History, Building Community. The training focused on place-based redevelopment and partnered with the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and the National Parks Service. I attended thanks to a scholarship provided by the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Preservation professionals from around the country worked alongside stakeholders to strategize potential real estate and community development options for the A.G. Gaston Office Building, a vitally important piece of the Civil Rights District's historic fabric.

The A.G. Gaston Office Building is directly across the street from the A.G. Gaston Motel and Kelly Ingram Park and one block down from the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. It was built in 1959 and served as the headquarters for A. G. Gaston, the most prominent and financially successful mid-century African American entrepreneur and businessman in Alabama.

During the training real estate, preservation, museum interpretation and financing professionals involved looked at a common question from many different angles. That question was: why and how do we preserve historic places?

Join as we Explore Cuba: Past and Present!
Tony Ransola, Cuba Tour Guide
Meet Our Program Director for our trip to Cuba this year!

Tony Ransola was born in Cuba and in the early  1960's he and his family emigrated to the United States. Tony has been traveling with us as the program director to Cuba for the last twenty years and is fluent in Spanish.  He has family and many friends throughout the island. 

We call him "La Proprinia," and you'll see why as he performs his magic for us throughout the week. Tony will be with us for the entire week and is looking forward to helping you to discover the island's beauty and people.

Travel dates are September 30 through October 7, 2017. The program includes hotel, most meals and excursions and your flight from Miami to Havana and back to Miami.  

Join us for this u nforgettable trip exploring Cuba's unique architecture and heritage. 


June Preservation Spotlight
Showcasing one of our 2017 Florida's 11 to Save

Caples Estate
Caples Estate, Sarasota 

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Caples Estate is a MediterraneanRevival style Ralph Caples house constructed in the 1920s and is contiguous to the estates of the circus impresarios and brothers John and Charles Ringling.

A prominent businessman and developer, Caples was instrumental in bringing the railroad to the area and encouraging the Ringlings to make Sarasota the winter home of their famed circus. The Caples Estate is threatened by deferred maintenance due to lack of funding. In recent years, the estate has been used as a science classroom building by New College. 
Historic Preservation Events
Lunch and Learn Series at the Florida Trust House, Tallahassee
Each Thursday this August
FSU History Student Group
The Florida Trust will host August Lunch & Learn programs from noon-1:00 p.m. every Thursday in August at the Florida Trust House in Tallahassee. A variety of historic preservation topics will be offered. 
  • August 3 - Learn more about Cemetery Resource Protection Training
  • August 10 - Become acquainted with Melvan Tibbetts, a Union solider occupying Pensacola during the Civil War, through his "letters to home."
  • August 17 - Mission San Luis with Archaeologist Jerry Lee.  Learn what we've learned about this important mission community through 30 years of archaeological research. 
  • August 24 - Speaker and program topic to be announced.
  • August 31 - Join Maggie Beth McGrotha as she brings to life the history and heart of Tallahassee's Historic Rutgers House built by George Proctor in 1848. George Proctor was a free black man in the pre-Civil War South who honed his trade to become one of Tallahassee's elite antebellum builders. 
Plan to join us for one or all five Thursdays in August.  Contact Tondra Matthews for program details or suggestions on future topics.

Tidally United Summit 2017, Hollywood
Register for the Tidally United Summit 2017 - August 4-5.  S tudy the impact of sea level rise on Florida's archaeological and cultural resources.  Seminole Native Learning Center, 6363 Taft Street #101, Hollywood

2017 Annapolis, KHAW
2017 Annapolis, MD
Keeping History Above Water
2017 Annapolis  October 29-November 1,   is an international gathering hosted by the City of Annapolis with support from the Newport Restoration Foundation . Conference discussions will examine the increasing and varied risks posed by sea level rise to historic coastal communities.   Learn from respected leaders in the fields of historic preservation, tourism, urban planning, environment and much more.  G ain insight through lectures, workshops, roundtables and tours that focus on practical solutions and community engagement.   Register or view program details here .
Emergency Preparedness
Hurricane season began June 1 and continues until November 30. Forecasters at NOAA's Climate Prediction Center say the Atlantic could see another above-normal hurricane season in 2017. Hurricane safety tips and resources are available through the National Weather Service. Also check out 1000 Friends of Florida and read how to prepare historic properties for hurricanes. 
Historic Preservation in the News

News about the 2017 Florida's 11 to Save:
  • June TCPalm Newsweekly reported that the Florida Trust designated the Laura Riding Jackson Estate, built in the early 1900's, one of Florida's 11 to Save. The Laura Riding Jackson Foundation hopes this new designation will assist in working with other nonprofits, philanthropic organizations and private donors to raise funds needed for the house and the programs the foundation wants to achieve. 
Additional Coverage for Florida Preservation Awards Recipients:
NewtownAlive Interviews
  • Also in the news as reported by the Herald Tribune  was a Sarasota project receiving a Florida Trust Preservation Award.  Newtown Alive project compiled and commemorated the history of Newtown, Sarasota's historically black community. 


Florida Trust Board of Trustees, 
Mittner and Davis are Busy Promoting Preservation

Friederike Mittner
Historic Preservation: A Nuisance or Beneficial 
West Palm Beach CityVoice podcast in May spoke with Florida Trust Board President and Historic Preservation Planner Friederike Mittner, about why preservation of historic homes and commercial buildings is much more than a permitting.  Listen to Historic Preservation A Nuisance or Beneficial? City Voice Podcast 009 , as Mittner outlines topics affected by Historic Preservation including economic benefits, job creation, environmental benefits, increased property values, tax exemptions that come with your remodel and more. 

WJCT Business Brief: Reuse and Revitalization in Jax - Ennis Davis
The National Trust for Historic Preservation recently offered recommendations about how to unlock the economic and social potential of Jacksonville's vacant and underused properties. WJCT radio spoke with Florida Trust Board member, Ennis Davis, AICP, Modern Cities on the subject of reuse and revitalization in Jacksonville. Listen in to WJCT Business Brief with Davis.
May Additions to the National Register of Historic Places in Florida
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Coconut Grove Library, Miami-Dade

The National Park Services National Register of Historic Places coordinates and supports public and private efforts to identify, evaluate and protect America's historic and archaeological resources. Additional Florida sites were announced in May 2017 and include the Pensacola Harbor Defense Project (Escambia), Santa Rosa Hotel (Highlands), Cox family lodge (Alachua) and more.  Find a complete list of Florida's National Register sites at the Florida Trust. 
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