May is National Preservation Month

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Established in 1973 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the event is co-sponsored by local preservation groups, State historical societies, business and civic organizations across the country. Take the opportunity to celebrate historic structures, downtowns, museums, parks and events. It can be as easy as day visit to local sites in our community, weekend trips across the state or week long vacations across the country. Join a local or national preservation group. One benefit of organization member often is discount entry fees at sites and discount room rates at historic hotels and inns. There is a lot to discover with something for everyone’s’ interest guaranteed! During the month of May many events are planned to promote historic places for the purpose of instilling national and community pride, promoting heritage tourism, and showing the social and economic benefits of historic preservation. Thousands of people participate annually in Preservation Month celebrations.

 In our community you can check out the Orange County Regional History Museum in downtown Orlando. Their website provides a calendar of events and exhibition schedules http://www.thehistorycenter.org/events/ .

The Wells’Built Museum of African American History and Culture on Orlando’s westside has a large collection of historic artifacts and exhibits in a historic building, http://www.wellsbuiltmuseum.com/ .

There’s Casa Feliz in Winter Park, Nehrling Gardens and Home in Gotha https://nehrlinggardens.org/ , Leu Gardens and Home in Orlando https://www.leugardens.org/ and Downtown Winter Garden https://www.cwgdn.com/ to name just a few nearby opportunities to explore.

 If you’re looking for something a little further check out the Florida Trust website for news and events across the state, https://www.floridatrust.org/news as well as the State of Florida Division of Historical Resources https://dos.myflorida.com/historical/

 Checkout the National Park Service website, https://www.nps.gov/subjects/nationalregister/preservation-month.htm for these suggested links:

·      Visit a historic place near you with our Heritage Travel Itineraries

·      Learn more about a historic place near you with Teaching with Historic Places lesson plans

·      See if your State Historic Preservation Office has events planned

·      Take part in theNational Trust's campaign

·      Find out more about Historic Preservation

 Celebrate what shaped our communities and what makes them so unique!