Florida Heritage Month

March 15 through April 15 is the 11th annual Florida Heritage Month.  The Department of State encourages citizens to gain a better understanding and appreciation of Florida’s rich history and cultural heritage.

This year’s Florida Heritage Month theme is “The Sites and Sounds of Florida,” which commemorates the many great places that make Florida special and the important people and cultures that have defined them. Please join us as we celebrate and honor the achievements of Floridians past and present for their outstanding talents, and excellence in preserving Florida’s heritage and cultural arts. For more information about Florida Heritage Month and The Florida Heritage Awards, visit FloridaHeritageMonth.com

Secretary Detzner Introduces Florida Heritage Month: The Sites and Sounds of Florida

Heritage Month Events

There are many events planned between March 15 - April 15, 2014 that celebrate Florida's Cultural Heritage. A few signature Florida Heritage Month events are listed below and many more can be found on VivaFlorida.org/Events

You can post your 2014 Florida Heritage Month Event at VivaFlorida.org/SubmitEvent

2014 Florida Heritage Awards Ceremony

Tallahassee - March 18, 2014

As a part of Florida Heritage Month, the Florida Heritage Awards will be presented on March 18, 2014 in Tallahassee, at the Mission San Luis.The 2014 award recipients include: the Florida Book Awards, the Florida Folk Heritage Awards, Secretary of State Historic Preservation Awards and the state’s highest award, the newest inductions into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame. For more information about the awardees visitDoors will open at 5:30 p.m. for a reception. The Awards Ceremony will follow from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Fortress of Freedom: The Establishment of Mose

St. Augustine - March 22, 2014

In March 1738, Don Manuel de Montiano y Luyando, royal governor of Florida, established El Pueblo de Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose (“Fort Mose”) – the first, legally sanctioned free black settlement in the continental U.S. – just north of the walled city of St. Augustine. Montiano also named Capitán Francisco Menendez, head of Florida's African militia since 1726, as the community’s leader or “Chief.” Florida Living History, Inc. (FLH), will commemorate this important date in American history with a re-enactment of Gobernador Montiano reading his proclamation to the people of San Agustín and future residents of Fort Mose, as well as naming Capitán Menendez as the settlement’s leader.

First Food: Florida and the Birth of American Cuisine

Tampa - April 5, 2014
The founding of Florida in the 16th century saw the blending of European, African, and Native American foodways and the birth of the first uniquely American cuisine. On Saturday, April 5, a heritage food Event with Florida Living History, Inc.’s (FLH) group, Los Compañeros de la Cocina (The Companions of the Kitchen), will be held from 10AM to 3PM at the Tampa Bay History Center (TampaBayHistoryCenter.org) in downtown Tampa, Florida. Los Compañeros will present interpretations and demonstrations of the food and foodways of early Florida and the southeastern U.S.