May - National Historic Preservation Month
May is National Historic Preservation Month, a time set aside for learning, recognizing, appreciating and honoring history, heritage and historical places. This year’s theme is “People Saving Places.” A host of activities will be happening around town, please stay tuned!
"So much of who we are is where we have been"― William Langewiesche.
Where It Begins
In 1966 the United States authorized the creation of the National Historic Preservation Act. With this formal act, the National Park Service is the keeper of the National Register of Historic Places.
President Richard Nixon signed a resolution into law on May 5, 1973, creating National Historic Preservation Week. The National Trust for Historic Preservation was utilized to celebrate Historic Preservation week by co-sponsoring with local and state preservation groups. This initiative includes individual historical societies, business and civic organizations, and nonprofit historical organizations. During May, events are planned to promote historic preservation and historic landmarks and promote heritage tourism to show historic preservation's social and economic benefits. In 2005 the National Trust moved to extend this week-long celebration to a month.
Diversity in who and where we come from. The community gets a sneak peek into our not-so-distant past by visiting the organizations that partner with Broward Trust for Historic Preservation. Naval Air Station, its last building standing, or the Bonnet House, where you can learn how two people celebrated their love for art and each other. There is always a way for anyone to understand how important historic preservation is to our lives. We see and learn that we are not as different as we may think. That our descendants, the pioneers, teachers, architects, and co-creators of their time, contribute a measure of knowledge and is as meaningful today as when it took place at that moment in time.
When you visit our partner sites, you will have the opportunity to see firsthand how Historic Preservation fits into our world. Several of these historical museums and historic landmarks offer a free tour.
Or how about a photo contest? BTHP is sponsoring the Mid-Century Modern Quest for lovers of Mid-Century Modern architecture.
Once Historic Preservation Month is over, you may still visit the sites listed. Here are links to our partners and more information about the Photo Contest. For all this information and more, Broward Trust for Historic Preservation.
Broward Trust for Historic Preservation
Partner to Celebrate Together flyer
Go to Amazing Places flyer
Mid-Century Modern Quest Photo Contest
To celebrate National Historic Preservation Month, the City of Fort Lauderdale is holding a photo contest, from May 3-25, 2022. Contestants of all ages are eligible and are encouraged to search for examples of local Mid-Century Modern architecture, residential or commercial, within the City of Fort Lauderdale, and photograph the models found.
For additional information, contest rules, and awards. Flyer.
Certified Local Governments (CLG)
Certified Local Governments are municipal and county governments which have made historic preservation a public policy through the passage of a historic preservation ordinance. Participation in the CLG program allows local governments to partner with State and Federal Agencies and other CLGs to share preservation ideas and experiences, as well as the opportunity to compete for CLG grants.
Training is periodically held throughout the year in various locations. As we become aware of the next training dates and locations, we will post them here.
For more information about CLG, please visit the Florida DOS website, or call 850-245-6365.
Curci House Tours
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Hollywood Historical Society
2022 Lecture Series
Stirling Road Branch Library
3151 Stirling Road, Hollywood, 33021
Sundays, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
- May 15: Banished Broward, Lost Sites of Broward County
Speaker: Rick Ferrer, Broward County Historic Preservation Officer
- June 12: The Grand Lady, a film about the past, present, and future of the Hollywood Beach Hotel
Film viewing and discussion led by: Michael Anderson, Producer, & Fabian Cardenas, Director of the film
- July 10: Designing a City; JW Young's Architects
Speaker: Joan Mickelson, PhD, author, Hollywood Historian, HHS Archivist
- August 14: Hollywood Fire Department, 100 years of service
Speaker: Captain Anthony Vera, Hollywood Firefighter
- September 11: Among Mangroves, the history and nature of Anne Kolb Nature Center
Speaker: Park Naturalist
- October 16: Planning to protect North Beach in the early 80s
Speaker: Vicki Silver
- November 13: The HIstory of Young Israel Orthodox Synagogue
Speakers: Rabbi Davis and Meira Davis
- December 11: Ready to Rock, Memories of the Hollywood Sportatorium
Speaker: Stacy Adams, author and HHS Board Member
Presented in conjunction with The Friends of the Stirling Road Library
For more information, visit Hollywood Historical Society.