News & Announcements

Posted: November 09, 2016
The Florida Trust welcomes a new Executive Director, Melissa Wyllie to its Tallahassee Staff
Melissa Wyllie Headshot

The Florida Trust announces hiring a new Executive Director, Melissa Wyllie who’s first day on the job in Tallahassee will be November 28, 2016.

Melissa Wyllie is a passionate preservationist, writer and nonprofit leader, as well as an award-winning communications strategist and successful entrepreneur. In November 2016, after a decade living in Nashville, Tennessee, she returned to her home state of Florida to serve as Executive Director of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation.
In Tennessee, Melissa served on the boards of Historic Nashville, Inc. and Historic Lebanon, and was a consultant for the Tennessee Preservation Trust. From 2013 to 2015 she served as president of Historic Nashville, focusing on public outreach and strategic positioning to support the organization’s mission. As president, she worked with city, state and national organizations to save irreplaceable Nashville landmarks like Music Row and grow the organization’s membership. Under Melissa’s leadership, Historic Nashville sharpened its focus on education and advocacy, and emerged as a leading voice in the national conversation around the importance of historic preservation during a period of unprecedented growth for Nashville.

Prior to joining the Florida Trust Melissa led marketing and strategic communications for a publicly-traded healthcare company and a highly-acclaimed PR agency, as well as founding and running her own successful integrated communications firm. She has been recognized as a leading female entrepreneur and in 2016 was named to Nashville’s ’40 Under 40’ by the Nashville Business Journal.

A graduate of the University of Alabama, Melissa is working to finish her master degree in Public Service Management from Cumberland University. She, along with her husband and two daughters, now lives in Tallahassee. You can follow her on Twitter at @mswyllie.

Posted: October 25, 2016
2017 Preservation Awards--Call for Nominations

The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation continues to accept nominations for the 2017 Historic Preservation Awards, with a deadline for submitting by February 28, 2017.

Nominations may be for an individual or project. A (printable) detailed description of all categories and processes for submitting nominees can be viewed by downloading the Call for Nominations located at the bottom of this article.

Each year the Florida Trust solicits nominations for outstanding examples of preservation of architectural, archaeological and cultural resources in Florida. Award winners in a variety of categories are announced and celebrated each year at the Florida Trust’s annual conference.

This year’s award winners will be announced at the Recognition Ceremony scheduled for Friday, May 19, 2017, during the 39th Annual Conference in St. Petersburg, Florida, followed by a ticketed reception honoring the awardees.

View the list of former winners or learn more about our preservation awards under the “What We Do” tab of this website.

Nomination Form

Posted: August 04, 2016
NSDAR 2016-2017 Grant Cycle Open to Non-profit Applicants

The Fort San Luis Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) announce a grant opportunity for non-profit organizations.

Funding is offered to community projects which support the NSDAR’s mission of Historic Preservation, Education and Patriotism. This Special Grants Program is open to organizations determined by IRS to be public charities under section 501© (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Grants of $1,000-$2,000 are encouraged, with a maximum amount of $10,000. Applicants are required to match the grant award one-to-one allowing for broader distribution of funds. A wide variety of funding sources are eligible as local match. Projects must be completed within one year of initial grant funding (official grant year is July 1 – June 30).

Organizations wishing to apply for the grants must submit a letter of intent along with contact information via email before October 15, 2016. Email to

For more information on the program and how to apply, visit the website.

Posted: May 20, 2016
Florida Trust Members Elect Three New Trustees

The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation announces the election of three new members of the Board of Trustees of the organization. Each year at the annual meeting of the members held during the Trust’s annual conference, a proposed slate of new Trustees is presented to the members present at the meeting. The slate is intended to reflect the demographics of Florida relating to age, employment, gender, and geographic area, among other characteristics.

Elected on May 12, 2016, to serve for terms beginning in May 2016 and ending May 2019 are Lynn Lewis, attorney, from Miami; Carter Quina, architect, from Pensacola; and Jodi Rubin, preservation conservator of windows and other historic fabric, from Orlando. Quina and Rubin have both previously served as Trustees of the organization.

A complete list of the Officers and Trustees of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation can be found here.

Posted: May 13, 2016
Florida Trust announces 2016 Preservation Award Winners

In a ceremony at its 38th annual conference, the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, through the 2016 Preservation Awards program, showcased projects, groups and individuals that further the preservation of the architectural, archaeological and cultural resources of the Sunshine State. Each year, nominations are solicited that effectively demonstrate the importance and comprehensiveness of the preservation activity accomplished. After evaluation by a jury of qualified professionals, the awards were presented to the winners in the categories listed here .


2016 Preservation Awards Press Release

Posted: May 12, 2016
Florida Trust Announces 2016 Eleven Most Endangered Sites

The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation announced its 2016 Eleven Most Endangered Historic Sites at the Florida Trust’s 38th Annual Conference in Tallahassee. The announcement was made by Trustees Lorrie Muldowney and Rick Gonzalez during the Opening Session of the conference entitled Historic Preservation: A Capitol Idea! The conference celebrates the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 with education workshops and tours of important historic resources in the greater Tallahassee region.

The Most Endangered Historic Sites program is designed to increase the public’s awareness of the urgent need to save Florida’s neglected or threatened historic resources. We do that to empower local preservationists and preservation groups in their efforts to preserve Florida’s rich history.

Click and read the press release at the bottom of this article that was issued statewide announcing the 11 Most Endangered Sites for 2016, and information about each site. A full list and photos will be available online at the Florida Trust website shortly after the annual conference is concluded.


2016 Endangered Sites Press Release

Posted: April 27, 2016
Celebrate National Preservation Month--May 2016

Join the National Trust for Historic Preservation, along with local and state preservation organizations, in celebrating National Preservation Month 2016!

May is Preservation Month, and this year the National Trust is celebrating with three words that say it all: This. Place. Matters.

Everyone has places that are important to them. Places they care about. Places that matter. This Place Matters is national campaign that encourages people to celebrate the places that are meaningful to them and to their communities.

This campaign isn’t just about photography. It’s about telling the stories of the places we can’t live without. We hope to encourage and inspire an ongoing dialogue about the importance of place and preservation in all of our lives.

As with the National Trust, we believe that Preservation Month is an excellent opportunity to shine a spotlight on all the special places that are important to you.

Learn more about this effort and download tricks and tools to help you get started promoting. Click here and follow the steps to get started! Download your This Place Matters materials including signs, social media share-ables, and a campaign toolkit. Also be sure to share your photos online with the hashtag #ThisPlaceMatters.

Posted: February 03, 2016
New Grants Available for Community Organizations--Florida Humanities Council

The Florida Humanities Council announces New Grant Deadlines for Community Organizations interested in designing and implementing a variety of public humanities projects. Deadlines are April 1 and June 1, 2016. Complete details and application materials are available online.

Mini-grants (up to $5,000) provide financial support for the planning and implementation of public humanities programs and resources that meet the needs and interests of local communities. Projects may include lecture series and panel discussions, reading and discussion groups, film series, oral history projects, exhibitions, and the development of cultural resources that complement public programming.

Posted: January 30, 2016
Florida Trust to Sponsor 2016 People-to-People Trips to Havana, Cuba

Havana, Cuba – Immerse yourself in the history, culture, the people, and the architectural riches on a People-to-People exchange trip.

Building on the success of three trips to Havana since October of 2013, the Florida Trust will again sponsor a Cuba trip October 9-15, 2016. The trip will focus on the historic architecture from the Spanish Colonial period to mid-twentieth century, the many shared architectural influences between Cuba and Florida, and the importance of embracing international historic preservation values.

This trip is designed to provide meaningful exchanges on Cuba’s colonial history and heritage, interiors, art, restoration efforts, the jewels of modern architecture to 1959, efforts during the post-Revolution period of the 1960s and 1970s, and more. Each day begins with a expert lecture on the resources to be studied and visited that day, giving a context for what we see and learn. We will meet and tour with the dedicated preservationists working hard to preserve resources and show support for their efforts.

And of course, there is the food, music, street life, vintage cars and friendly people!

Travelers will receive a one-year membership in the Florida Trust at the Advocate level as a part of their trip costs. This trip is fully licensed and permitted by both the Cuban and United States governments.

The Florida Trust is a registered provider of continuing education with the American Institute of Architects. Continuing education credits may be offered through the AIA if architect travelers wish to pursue this.

A complete itinerary for the trip with costs and a traveler reservation form may be downloaded from this page. Cuban-born travelers have an additional visa requirement. Please contact Anne Peery at 850-224-8128 or with questions or for more information.


2016 Florida Trust for Historic Preservation Havana trip packet

Posted: January 08, 2016
Florida Trust to hold a Member Recruitment Social & High Tea, January 26--Sarasota

You’re Invited! A Gathering of Friends of Historic Preservation
View Invitation Details Here
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Private Location/Residence, contact for address)

Following the reception will be a formal program in Venice with lecture by Clay Henderson, President, Florida Trust for Historic Preservation. The lecture, “The Economic Value of Historic Preservation,” is part of the series “Design for Living-John Nolen and the Renaissance of New Urbanism.”

Lecture begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Venice Community Center, 326 Nokomis Avenue South, Venice, FL 34285.

For more information or to RSVP contact Lorrie Muldowney, 941-953-2916, or Linda Stevenson at