May Is Historic Preservation Month!
Lakeland, FL (May 1, 2019) | May is Historic Preservation Month! This event was created 46 years ago by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to celebrate the diverse historic places important to people throughout the United States. Since then, local preservation groups, state and local governments, and business and civic organizations across the country have recognized Historic Preservation Month through special events, proclamations, and other unique activities. This Place Matters is the national campaign for Historic Preservation Month, which encourages people to celebrate the special places that are meaningful to them and their communities.
The City of Lakeland will kick off Historic Preservation Month on May 6th with the official proclamation by Mayor Bill Mutz during the City Commission meeting that day. Lakelanders are encouraged to share their meaningful historic and cultural places by taking a photo of the place, building, site, etc. and posting it to social media using the hashtag #thisplacematters. The National Trust may even highlight Lakeland’s special places through their Instagram and Twitter accounts, @SavingPlaces! And stay tuned to the City of Lakeland’s social media to see local places that matter featured every week during the month.
Historic Preservation Planner Emily Foster said, “Lakeland’s historic buildings and sites are the tangible links to our collective past – recognizing them through the #thisplacematters campaign shares our love for them, provides awareness of what is important to our community, and demonstrates the relevance of history to our present lives.”
In celebration of Historic Preservation Month, the 2019 Historic Preservation Awards will take place at the Polk Theatre on May 13th beginning at 5:30pm. This event is hosted by Historic Lakeland, Inc. and the City’s Historic Preservation Board, and honors historic building rehabilitation and restoration projects, as well as compatible new infill buildings within the City’s Historic Districts.
For more information, please call Emily Foster, Historic Preservation Planner at 863.834.6094.
The City of Lakeland was incorporated January 1885 and has grown to become one of the largest inland communities in Florida. With a current population over 100,000 Lakeland continues to grow. It has been designated a Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area by the US Census Bureau for over 30 years. With tourist attractions and gulf beaches only an hour away, Lakeland continues to capitalize on its ideal central Florida location along the I-4 corridor. The City owns and operates Lakeland Electric, the third largest publicly owned utility in Florida and it was one of the first to offer power in the Sunshine State over 110 years ago.
For additional information about the City of Lakeland, please explore lakelandgov.net.
Citizens are also invited to follow the City on social media.