The Florida Landmarks Council serves as a program component of the National Association for the Preservation of African-American History & Culture, Inc. (NAPAAHC), a public charitable 501©(3) nonprofit organization, designed to protect, preserve, and cultivate historical properties for a myriad of arts, cultural, and educational uses.
The mission of the Florida Landmarks Council is to serve as a resourceful aid, and research assistance entity, established to preserve the illustrious history of the state. This statewide council serves as a catalyst for instituting innovative ways in which to display, protect, illuminate and maintain the important landmarks that exist to tell the story of yesteryear, while documenting oral histories, and educating the public about the contributions of some little-known pioneers who have rendered meritorious service to the citizens of Florida.
Florida Landmarks assists owners of designated heritage sites by providing information pertaining to historic property grant and loan programs, procedural guidance/interpretation, document protection and preparation, heritage education, as well as negotiation assistance in protecting valuable historical resources. The Landmarks Council is comprised of dedicated individuals who seek to preserve and display the history of the state of Florida prominently for the benefit of future generations. The council also operates as an oral history vehicle, and research mechanism, that exists to assist property owners in the painstaking process of researching the significance of the property they own.
Throughout the year, the Florida Landmarks Council confers with government-owned, nonprofit, or privately-held museums, libraries, and cultural foundations to provide much needed support in establishing innovative institutional development programs, providing technological assistance leading to securing up-to-date industrial equipment, and the digitization of historical artifacts. The council hosts vital workshops with historical preservation advocates, and consultants in order to educate the community on proper storage of fragile materials, so as to not depreciate its important value.
The purpose of Florida Landmarks is to advocate for the restoration of historical properties, while providing critical historical research services, access to historic property grant and loan opportunities, and grants-in-aid funding information. The Landmarks Council also seeks to evoke the memories and recollection of the elder generation by way of video and audio recording valuable oral histories which once documented, will serve as a vital resource to historians of the present and future. Florida Landmarks is a valuable statewide initiative, contributing to the ever-present need to broaden the knowledge of individuals unaware, as well those who are keenly interested in saving the stories of the past, so that they may serve as living history for our future.