Wednesday, May 15, 2019

​2:00-5:00 p.m.


Museum of Commerce, 201 E Zaragoza Street

Early arrivals for the conference are encouraged to experience Pensacola’s historic scene independently along with great dining and cultural activities.  Suggestions include the Pensacola Maritime Heritage Trail, Colonial Archaeology Trail, UWF Historic Trust museums, and a stroll up Palafox Street which features a number of unique shops, restaurants, and bars.  You will find many of these activities in Pensacola’s nearby historic neighborhoods which are in easy exploring distance of the hotel including North Hill Preservation District, Old East Hill Historic District, Pensacola Historic District, and the Palafox Historic Business District.  Additional information can be found in the Visit Pensacola Guide

​8:00-10:00 p.m.

Pre-Conference Socia

Seville Quarter,  130 East Government St, Pensacola, FL

Gather with other conference attendees to settle into downtown Pensacola for the best entertainment lineup along the Gulf Coast, fine dining with a unique ambiance -- you’re bound to fall in love with the original “Good Time Emporium.”

THURSDAY, May 16, 2019

​8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.


Museum of Commerce, 201 E Zaragoza Street

​8:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Museum of Commerce, 201 E Zaragoza Street

​8:15-9:00 a.m.

COFFEE KLATCH: Community Preservation Tactics Without Strings

Museum of Commerce, 201 E Zaragoza Street

Bring your coffee to spend time mingling with your colleagues and a guided conversation of current preservation issues in the state.  The Thursday edition will focus on how to balance community character and growth outside of local historic districts. Participants can learn from each other’s successes and challenges in preservation without the benefit, or influence of, local government regulations and staff.

9:30 - 11:00 a.m.


Generation Church at the Rex, 18 N Palafox Street

Shuttle service begins from the Museum of Commerce at -:-- a.m. 

The official kick-off to the 2019 Florida Preservation Conference, we will share with you an introduction to Pensacola's unique history from preservationists and city officials. We will share an update on Florida's 11 to Save program, including the announcement of the 2019 11 to Save.

Note: The Opening Session and the 11 to Save are open to the public

​11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.


The Wright Place, First United Methodist Church – 6 E Wright Street

Join the Florida Trust Trustees as we honor our founders and you, our members, at the 41st statewide preservation conference. KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Peter Trapolin, FAIA, will present Historic Preservation and Sensitive New Architecture in urban New Orleans and growing Pensacola.


Note: Ticket Required for this event


1:30 – 2:20 and 2:30 – 3:20 p.m. 

Telling Everyone's Stories

Omni,  Florida Salon B

Preservationists have an opportunity to contribute to the messaging, education, and interpretation of history within our communities and heritage sites.As a continued dialogue from last year, this signature session of the conference will bring together dynamic professionals with diverse experiences to share strategies toward creating a more inclusive representation of Florida’s history.


Speakers:  Dr. William B. Lees, RPA, Executive Director, Florida Public Archaeology Network; Joseph McGill, Jr., Founder, Slave Dwelling Project; Regina Gayle Phillips, Director of the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center, member St. Augustine Confederate Monument Contextualization committee; Dave Scheidecker, Archaeologist, Seminole Tribe of Florida; Adonnica Toler, Museum Administrator, Ritz Theater and Museum Jacksonville.

1:30 – 2:30 

Jacksonville Revitalization: A Case Study

Omni, Florida Salon A


The Cathedral District is a 33-block area of Northeast Downtown Jacksonville.  The district historically was the location of hundreds of homes serving middle income families in Jacksonville. After the great fire of 1901 many of these homes were replaced by duplex houses and or nothing at all!  For the past 3-decades the neighborhood has developed into a predominant location for elderly high-rise subsidized senior apartments, some attorney offices and lots of surface parking lots. A major strength of the district is it’s 5-large Christian churches, one a Basilica and one a Cathedral, and all historically significant structures. A large part of the CD-J economic development efforts is focused on keeping the historic nature of the neighborhood and creating mixed-income housing products through adaptive reuse.  Most of Downtown Jacksonville buildings are considered “contributing structures” and specific buildings have been designated as Landmark Buildings by the Jacksonville City Council.Learn how one historic Jacksonville block used creative reuse to preserve its historic fabric and strengthen its community.

Speaker:  Ginny Myrick, President, Cathedral District-Jacksonville, Inc.

3:00 – 3:30 BREAK

Please take this opportunity to visit the marketplace and view the student posters in the Prefunction Area on 2nd floor.


3:00 - 3:30 Pop-up in the Marketplace!

What's Your Career in Historic Preservation?

Omni, Preservation Marketplace

Calling young and emerging preservation professionals!  Come by the student posters in the marketplace where career preservationists will be on-hand to share suggestions on navigating the educational and employment opportunities for new practitioners.  Bring your questions and share your ideas with others on how preservationists can grow in the current market while adapting to new audiences and technology.


Speakers:  Adrienne Burke, MSAS, Esq., Director, Riverside Avondale Preservation (2016-2018); Ennis Davis, AICP, Senior Planner, Alfred Benesch & Company, chair of the First Coast Section of the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA), author of local history books, co-founder of online media publications, and tactical urbanist group, Transform Jax;  Jodi Rubin, Business Development Manager, Restoration Services at Specialized Property Services, Inc.; Jenny Wolfe, Historic Preservation Officer St. Augustine; Melissa Wyllie, Executive Director, Florida Trust for Historic Preservation.

​3:00-5:00 p.m.

MOBILE WORKSHOP: New Chapters for Historic Interiors

Departure from Omni at 3 p.m.

A walking workshop through three rehabilitations of historic interior spaces and their adaptation to a new use.  Preservation of significant features and materials of interior spaces qualify for financial incentives and can be the inspiration for a new generation of users to channel creative thinking for vibrant spaces in the community.  Please dress comfortably!


Speakers:  Kelly Ciociola, Senior Conservator, Rosa Lowinger and Associates; Rosa Lowinger, Principal and Chief Conservator, Rosa Lowinger and Associates; Linda Stevenson, Stevenson Architects.



3:30-4:30 p.m.

Sacred Space, Urban Intrusion, and the Fate of America’s First Parish Church

Omni, Florida Salon A

Nuestra Señora de los Remedios, America’s oldest parish church, was established ca. 1572 and destroyed in 1702 during the siege of St. Augustine by the English.  Over the next 130 years the church/cemetery remained undisturbed during both Spanish and British regimes, only to become severely impacted by American entrepreneurs starting in the 1830s.  Recent City of St. Augustine archaeological investigations illustrate the current state of archaeological deposits associated with America’s oldest parish church, the nature of Spanish burial customs, and provides direction for incorporating the site into the City’s historic preservation goals.


Speakers:  Carl D. Halbirt, City of St. Augustine Archaeologist (1990-2017), Dr. Kathleen Deagan, Distinguished Research Curator emeritus at the Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville.


​3:30-4:30 p.m.

Preservation is Local:  Your Community is the Strongest Tool

 Omni, Pensacola Room


The politics of a local community can be used to promote its history and sustain the cultural fabric of its identity through its preservation commission, government officials, advocacy groups, and citizens. This enthusiastic panel will share lessons and challenges from the ground level of Florida's historic communities to inspire creativity and unity.  


Speakers:  Rick Gonzalez, AIA, President, REG Architects and Vice Chair, Florida Historic Commission; Kathleen Kauffman, principal KSK Preservation, LLC.; John P. Regan, P.E., City Manager, City of St. Augustine.



​1:30-4:30 p.m.

Historic Mandarin Tour    

Departs Omni lobby at 1:30 p.m. 


Step back in time with the Mandarin Museum & Historical Society (MMHS) and visit the many historical treasures that exist in this former rural village on the St. Johns River. On the tour you will encounter the following sites: the 1911 Mandarin Store and Post Office listed in the National Register of Historic Places; the Mandarin Community Club built in 1873 as a schoolhouse with funding obtained by Harriet Beecher Stowe from the Freedmen’s Bureau; the Mandarin Museum with a special exhibit of artifacts from the Civil War recovered from the Union steamship Maple Leaf (a National Historic Landmark Shipwreck Site at Mandarin Point) as well as items related to Harriet Beecher Stowe who wintered in Mandarin from 1867-1884; the 1898 St. Joseph’s Mission Schoolhouse for African-American Children (recipient of a Florida Trust for Historic Preservation Honorable Mention award and two awards from the Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission); and the 1875 Webb/Jones Farmhouse, a local landmark site.

Tour Leader:   Sandy Arpen, President, Mandarin Museum and Historical Society.

​1:30-4:30 p.m.

Downtown Development Walking Tour- Jacksonville’s Evolving Preservation Story

Departs Omni lobby at 1:30 p.m. 


Come take a walk in downtown Jacksonville to hear about the city’s history of downtown development and the evolution of Jacksonville’s preservation story.  Learn about a downtown revitalization task force that led to a historic preservation trust fund that has prompted both the protection and rehabilitation of many local landmarks.  See the inside of multiple structures showcasing some of the city’s most interesting interiors and adaptive use projects.  From theatres, banks, and hotels, to department stores and social clubs, you are promised the best bird’s-eye, hardhat, behind the curtain tour with one heck of a sweet finish!


Tour Leader:   Lisa Sheppard AICP, LEED AP, Historic Preservation Planner, City of Jacksonville and Ennis Davis, AICP, Senior Planner, Alfred Benesch & Company



​4:45-5:45 p.m.

Young Professionals Meet Up

Intuition Ale Works, 929 E Bay Street

Transportation on your own


Join the young professionals of the local APA and FPZA chapters for a networking mixer at Intuition Ale Works.  This Jacksonville-based craft brewery was established in 2010 by owner and brewer Ben Davis who was recognized by the Jacksonville Business Journal as one of Northeast Florida's "40 Under 40" brightest, most promising young professionals.  The Black Sheep Restaurant offers counter service in this state of the art brewing facility and taproom to pair fresh, local food with Intuition’s craft beers.  Located just one block from the opening reception. 

Note: This is down the street, and only about a five minute walk, from the Opening Reception.


​5:30-6:30 p.m.

Opening Reception

Jacksonville Historical Society, Old St. Andrews Church, 317 A. Philip Randolph Boulevard

Shuttle service begins at 4:45 p.m.


We welcome you to join us for an evening in the heart of Jacksonville with the Jacksonville Historical Society, founded in 1929, at their headquarters in St. Andrews Church.  Docents will be available to share their history and guide you through the deconsecrated church and the adjacent Merrill House property.


Light hor d'oeuvres served

Suggested Dress: Casual

Note: Ticket Required for this event


​6:45-7:30 p.m.

Gamenight with Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp

The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, 301 A. Philip Randolph Boulevard

First pitch at 6:45, game starts at 7:05

Walking from Opening Reception next door to the Jumbo Shrimp Stadium. Buses will shuttle attendees back to the Omni after the game


Celebrate Jacksonville’s baseball history with Preservation Night! at the ballpark and a special preservationist throwing the honorary first pitch at 6:45.  Jacksonville’s minor league baseball team the Jumbo Shrimp takes on the Mobile BayBears next door to the opening reception.  The stadium offers unique flavors of the First Coast as well as all the traditional ballpark concessions.


Attendees will receive $2 Crustacean Cash to use towards game concessions

Suggested Dress: Casual

Note: Ticket Required for this event


Post-Game Pub Crawl

Begins at Manifest Distillery, 960 E Forsyth St.

(or Intuition Ale Works  929 E Bay Street)

Transportation on your own

After the conference event, extend the evening by exploring Jacksonville’s industrial scene nearby at Manifest Distillery and Intuition Ale Works. For the more adventurous, get your map for the full Pub Crawl that will take you from the opening reception to the hotel on a two mile walk with stops at 6 locations along the way. 


FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2018

​7:00-7:45 a.m.

Peripatetic Preservationists: River City's Bridges

Omni, walking tour leaves from main lobby


A twist on the popular National Trust program “Landmarks on the Run” this brisk walk both mornings will showcase downtown Jacksonville’s historic landscape in distinct themes.  Guides Blair Mullins and Gary Sass will begin your day with an invigorating tour of iconic buildings, bridges and features of downtown public spaces underscored by their imprint on the city today.  Tours are approximately two miles and are partially uphill.

​8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.


Omni, 2nd floor landing 245 Water Street

​8:15-9:00 a.m.

COFFEE CLUTCH: Florida's 2018 11 to Save

Omni, Omni Coffee Bar (hotel lounge, 1st floor)

Bring your coffee to spend time mingling with your colleagues followed by a morning report of current preservation issues in the state.  The Friday edition examines the successes and challenges of saving the state's endangered sites and the role of the newly re-branded Florida Trust's 11 to Save.  Case studies and strategies will be presented and discussed.


Speakers:  Morris (Marty) Hylton, III, Director of the University of Florida Historic Preservation Program; Lorrie M. Muldowney, AICP, Historic Preservation Planning Consultant.  Both speakers chair the Florida Trust’s 11 to Save Committee.

​9:30-11:00 a.m.

GENERAL SESSION: The Slave Dwelling Project

Omni, Florida Salon C & D

The founder of the Slave Dwelling Project, Civil War re-enactor, and descendent of the enslaved, Joe McGill has reached over 18 states and engages with diverse audiences at historical locations by conducting programs, giving lectures, and spending nights in the dwellings himself.  Earlier this week, a public program and Slave Dwelling Project sleepover was held in partnership with the Florida Trust and the National Park Service’s Kingsley Plantation.  Mr. McGill will provide insights on these experiences to inspire more preservation, interpretation, and maintenance of buildings once occupied by enslaved African Americans across the American landscape.


​11:00 - 11:30 BREAK

Please take this opportunity to visit the marketplace and view the student posters in the Prefunction Area on 2nd floor.

11:30 - 1:00 pm  LUNCH ON YOUR OWN

Please view options in your printed program or Downtown Vision pamphlet.  If you wish to participate in either of the two lunch time activities please note that lunch is not provided and quick bite recommendations are provided.

11:30 - 1:00

Lunch on the Run Tour:  Sacred and Historical Sites

 Walking tour leaves from the Omni Jacksonville Hotel Main Lobby


Please wear comfortable clothes, walking shoes, a sun hat and bring water.

Note:  As lunch is not provided with this walking tour, please refer to suggestions provided for quick bite options to accommodate your needs during the 30 minute break prior to this tour if you wish to participate.



If you prefer to grab a quick bite to eat and then explore more of Jacksonville, join us for this midday stretch tour.  Meet General Andrew Jackson, the city’s namesake, for a walk covering both sacred and historical sites in downtown Jacksonville.  After the Great Fire of 1901, many beautiful churches were built and we will explore the underground tunnels and secret bank vault as we make our way to the churches.  Building stops include the Greenleaf & Crosby building and the St. James building (today’s City Hall). On the return, we stop at a local chocolatier for the “Taste of Jacksonville”.  This optional lunchtime activity will cover approximately 1.25 miles with a rest stop on the way. Please note that lunch is not provided, there are no stops planned for lunch with this tour, and the conference resumes promptly for afternoon sessions.  


Tour Leader:   Gary Sass, local historian and President of AdLib Luxury Tours and Transportation.

​12:00 - 12:45

Lunch and Learn:  Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties v.2017

 Omni, Florida Salon A

Note:  Lunch is not provided.  Please refer to suggestions provided for quick bite options to bring your lunch to this working lunch session.


Join colleagues for a brown bag lunch to learn about the updated Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and its impacts on local and state policies.  Notable changes in last year’s publication included updates to routine topics such as substitute materials, new construction, and code-required work but also recognized resilience to natural hazards.  

Speakers:  Friederike Mittner, AICP, Historic Preservation Planner, City of West Palm Beach; Alissa Slade Lotane, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, Florida Division of Historical Resources.


​1:00-4:00 p.m.

Designing Your City Charrette: LaVilla’s Genovar’s Hall and the Shotgun Houses

Omni, meeting room TBD

Please join us in an interactive workshop focused on adaptive uses and rehabilitation incentives for this city block in the LaVilla neighborhood.  Originally completed in 1895 as a grocery for Sebastian Genovar, this three story structure housed a variety of businesses during the ragtime, jazz, and blues age of the early 20th century.  Adjacent to Genovar's Hall are three shotgun houses built in 1903 and relocated to the site by the City of Jacksonville in the late 1990s.  Plans called for the creation of a block that would serve as an active museum recreating the vibrant life that LaVilla had enjoyed before the neighborhood was destroyed as a part of a failed urban renewal effort.  Since 2009, the entire block has been owned by the City of Jacksonville but remains in a state of limbo.  Program leaders will facilitate a creative workshop session to develop proposals for adaptive use of this property.  All of the materials will be presented in a post-conference publication thanks to the generosity of REG Architects.


Leaders: Rick Gonzalez, AIA, President, REG Architects and Vice Chair, Florida Historic Commission, Past President of Florida Trust for Historic Preservation; Ennis Davis, AICP, Senior Planner with Alfred Benesch & Company, chair of the First Coast Section of the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA), author of local history books, co-founder of online media publications, and tactical urbanist group, Transform Jax.


​1:00-2:00 p.m.

Spotlight on Florida's Social History:  Ybor City

Omni, Florida Salon A

Ybor City was an ethnic island in the Deep South. Thousands of Spanish, Cuban, and Italian immigrants settled in a Tampa neighborhood famous for hundreds of cigar factories that produced millions of hand-rolled cigars annually. Today, Ybor City may be Florida’s greatest collection of historically significant structures, the result of immigrant pluck and vision. Working-class immigrants erected scores of extraordinary structures, including ethnic clubhouses, cigar factories, and wooden casitas.  With the passing of time and recent events we can now reflect on the contributions of these immigrant cultures and consider new chapters being written in Florida history and develop as future historic resources.

Speaker:   Gary Mormino, professor of history emeritus at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. Presently he is scholar is residence at the Florida Humanities Council.

​1:00-2:00 p.m.

Tapping into Federal Funds Against the Perils of Water

Omni, Florida Salon B

Federal resources are available for recovery, planning, and reducing the impacts of water hazards.  Representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will provide details on a program partnership available for planning, designing, and constructing small scale projects that can include funding to protect historic structures and districts from water hazards.  In addition, FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant program has also been influential in historic communities following major disasters.  Both agencies have stated goals of protecting historic properties through partnerships and creative solutions.


Speakers:  Steve Martin, Florida Flood Plain Manager and NFIP Coordinator; Meredith A. Moreno, USACE, Archaeologist; Dr. Timothy Parsons, State Historic Preservation Officer, Florida Division of Historical Resources; Mike Renacker, USACE, Chief, Water Resources Branch; James (Jim) Suggs, USACE, CAP Manager and Senior Project Manager.

​1:00-2:00 p.m.

Historic Preservation and the Economic Impacts of Main Streets

Omni, Pensacola Room

Discover how the Main Street program creates economic momentum in a community, while focusing on historic preservation.


Speakers:  Ronni Wood, Director of Florida's Main Street Program

​1:00-2:00 p.m.

Researching the Stories of Historic Preservation

Omni, meeting room TBD

Have you ever wondered about the history of a building but don't know where to begin with your research? Various types of primary and secondary resources can be uncovered with a little bit of detective work to reveal the facts of its physical existence along with resources that provide context for the building and a deeper insight of the people who lived there.


Speakers:  Christine Dalton, AICP, Community Planner and Historic Preservation Officer, City of Sanford; Brigitte Stephenson, Museum Assistant, City of Sanford, Sanford Museum.

​2:30-3:30 p.m.

An Urban Renaissance: What is going on in Pensacola and how did it happen?

Omni, Florida Salon A

Pensacola is finally feeling a bit of a Florida boom and it is hitting downtown in a big way.  Did authentic historic neighborhoods and proper planning stimulate or compete with this boom? Learn how Pensacola's Master Plan is driving economic improvement.  


Speakers:  Ross Pristera, Carter Quina

​2:30-4:30 p.m.

Resiliency Roundup: Tools for the Next Steps

Omni, Florida Salon B

Integrating the protection of historic resources into resiliency planning in the wake of recent flooding and sea level rise is ongoing across the country.  The first part of this panel will focus on community participation and education as one of the key factors to engage the general public including presentations on new technologies and expanded survey tools from the Florida Public Archaeology Network and University of Florida.  Part two of this panel translates awareness to policy and practice within the institution of local government to address the evolving language of comprehensive plans and their legal implications as well as identifying the confluence of building codes and the National Flood Insurance Program with historic preservation practices.  Educating preservationists, property owners, and design professionals of these available tools will better equip Florida’s historic communities with options when tailoring their resiliency strategies.


Speakers:  Erin L. Deady, P.A., AICP, LEED AP, Firm President; Morris (Marty) Hylton, III, Director of the University of Florida Historic Preservation Program; Steve Martin, Florida Flood Plain Manager and NFIP Coordinator; Sarah E. Miller, Director of the Florida Public Archaeology Network for Northeast and Central Regions..

​3:30-4:30 p.m.

Preserving (and mincing) Words

Omni, Pensacola Room

Cultural traditions and memory are important aspects of historic preservation but have not always been used as tangible resources for preservation.  Oral histories and written accounts add invaluable first person narratives which help to ensure historical accounts of a community can be documented as well as allowing the message to be shaped from a genuine source.  This panel will discuss these creative tools and the impact of the written word in shaping the historical record.


Speakers:  Robin Moore, RPA, St. Johns County Historic Resources Coordinator (2004-2016); Thomas J. Jackson, St. Johns County Recreational Supervisor, volunteer with Ft. Mose Historic State Park and St. Augustine Confederate Memorial Contextualization Advisory Committee and participant of the West Augustine Oral History Project; Jennifer Wolfe, owner of LEARN INC and Women Writing for (a) Change®


​3:30-4:30 p.m.

A case study for long-range maintenance planning at Ca’d’Zan

Omni, Florida Salon A

The restoration of this 1926 Venetian Gothic mansion is complete but the long-range maintenance planning of the 36,000 square foot building is just beginning. This session shares some best practices for designing and implementing a long range maintenance plan including project team roles, financial planning and evolving the plan to meet changing needs.


Speakers:  Ron McCarty, Curator, Ca’d’Zan; Jodi Rubin, Business Development Manager, Restoration Services at Specialized Property Services, Inc.; Geoffrey Steward, Historic Consultant International Fine Art Conservation Studios, Inc.; Linda Stevenson, Linda Stevenson Architects.



​1:30-4:30 p.m.

Riverside Avondale Bike Tour

Omni, leaving from main lobby

Recognized by the American Planning Association as one of the top ten neighborhoods in America, the Riverside Avondale Historic District has it all with picturesque parks, beautiful homes and an eclectic mix of local shops and restaurants.  This tour will take you along the banks of the St Johns River, down shady oak lined streets where you will see an amazing variety of architectural gems ranging from Craftsman bungalows to a Jacobean castle.  The neighborhood is home to a fine collection of styles including Prairie, Mediterranean, Colonial Revival, Shingle, and Tudor Revival.  Special highlights including the Riverside Baptist Church, by Addison Mizner and the iconic riverfront Memorial Park designed by the Olmstead Brothers.

The tour will depart by bike from the Omni Hotel and include some uphill ascents. Bikes, helmets and water will be provided. 


Tour Leader: Leigh Burdett, owner of E2ride Bike Tours.

​1:30-4:30 p.m.

Jacksonville's African-American History

Omni, leaving from main lobby

This bus tour will include stops and opportunities to explore significant African-American venues

The legacy of African Americans in Jacksonville is one of the most interesting and intriguing in American history. During this three-hour tour, you will be introduced to local men and women who were pioneers in their field and learn how their contributions impact us today.  Along the way you will see Jacksonville’s oldest Baptist church, Bethel Baptist Institutional Church; historic Stanton High School, a site purchased in 1868 for the education of African Americans; the Clara White Mission, established in 1932 by humanitarian Eartha M.M. White and so much more! You will tour significant sites such as the James P. Small Ball Park, where the Negro Baseball League teams and baseball greats Hank Aaron and Ted Williams played ball, and the Ritz Theatre and Museum, where you will see local artifacts and "Lift Every Voice and Sing," an animatronic exhibit of James Weldon Johnson and John Rosamond Johnson, composers of the iconic song. This is a tour you don't want to miss!


Tour Leader:   Adonnica L. Toler, Museum Administrator for the Ritz Theatre and Museum


​5:30-7:00 p.m.

Florida Preservation Awards

Jessie Ball duPont Center, 40 East Adams Street

Shuttle service begins to leave Omni at 4:45 p.m.

Since its first awards ceremony in 1979, the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation has recognized significant contributions to the preservation of Florida’s historic resources through its Annual Statewide Preservation Awards Program.  This year enjoy the entire evening’s program in the Haydon Burns Library, built by architect Taylor Hardwick in 1965 and named after Jacksonville’s longest sitting mayor.  The City of Jacksonville vacated the building in 2005 for a new library and the building sat dormant through the Great Recession.  Following a grand vision and thoughtful rehabilitation by the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, it is now a gem of Mid-Century Modern architecture.  The Center houses a dozen local non-profits as their offices and gathering spaces for the benefit of collaboration and public education.  Please join us in showing gratitude for their support of the non-profit sector and their significant achievement in the preservation of this building.


The Preservation Awards Ceremony is free and open to the public. 

​7:00-8:30 p.m.

Florida Trust 40th Anniversary & Awards Gala

Jessie Ball duPont Center, 40 East Adams Street

Join us as we recognize the 2018 Florida Preservation Awards winnders, and celebrate 40 years of preserving Florida's extraordinary history and heritage. A special reception and anniversary celebration follows the awards ceremony in the same building.  

Heavy hors d'oeuvres served

Suggested Dress:  Cocktail Attire

Note: This is a ticketed event

Sat., May 19, 2018

​9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Florida Trust Giving Back Community Event: Mount Olive Cemetery 

Buses begin to leave Omni at 9 a.m.

Last year the Florida Trust started a new tradition of giving back to our host community.  This year we visit Mount Olive Cemetery and learn from the Florida Public Archaeology Network about the proper care and protection of cemetery resources.  Explore cemeteries as historical resources, laws that protect them, basic headstone care, managing cemetery landscapes, and practice hands-on headstone cleaning. Water, and supplies will be provided


Leader: Robbie Boggs, Florida Public Archaeology Network.

​9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

The Modern Gems of Jacksonville

Buses begin to leave Omni at 9 a.m.

It is a question that no one dared to ask until recently: “When does modern architecture become historic?” Ranch-style houses on the National Register? What?


An international movement is underway to preserve the best examples of this "Mid-Century Modern" architecture from the 1950s and ‘60s, even as growing numbers of this genre are being demolished and lost forever. Jacksonville has over 100 excellent examples of Mid-Century Modern buildings, many of which have achieved national recognition. Join Jacksonville historian and author Dr. Wayne Wood, Hon. AIA, for a magical history tour highlighting some of the best Modern buildings in the Jacksonville area and including numerous stops for interior visits. This bus tour will cover buildings in Downtown, the South Bank, Arlington, and the Beaches, including a box lunch and tour at the Beaches Museum and History Park.


Tour Leader: Dr. Wayne Wood, Hon. AIA

​9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Anna Kingsley:  From Princess to Slave to Plantation Slaveowner

Buses begin to leave Omni at 9 a.m.

Based on Dr. Dan Schafer’s book, Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley, African princess, Florida Slave, Plantation Slaveowner, this tour includes a trip to Kingsley Plantation on Ft. George Island, home of Anna Kingsley and her wealthy plantation owner husband Zephaniah Kingsley from 1814 to 1839.  You will hear the remarkable story of Anna, a 13-year-old girl of royal lineage, captured and sold into the Atlantic slave trade, who would become Zephaniah’s wife, mother to four of his children, and ultimately a plantation and slave owner in the Arlington community of Jacksonville.  This tour includes visits to the sites of Anna’s story in Arlington, and stops at the cemetery where she is buried and the Richard-Holden House, Jacksonville’s oldest residence.


Also included is a bonus lunch stop at Norman Silent Film Studios, a recently-designated National Historic Landmark.  From 1921 to 1928 Richard Norman produced and filmed full-length films starring African American characters in positive, non-stereotypical roles.  This five-building studio complex is tangible evidence of Jacksonville’s role in the birth of the movie industry and the early African American experience in movies.


Tour Leader:   Ann Burt with Old Arlington, Inc., Ken Smith, AIA, Kenneth Smith Architects, Inc.

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