SAINT AUGUSTINE – Flagler College was awarded a $5,000 grant by the National Trust for Historic Preservation from the Florida Fund and the Daniel K. Thorne Intervention Fund. These grant funds will be used to support two projects that benefit St. Augustine, a session at the Keeping History Above Water™ conference, hosted in St. Augustine from May 5-8, 2019 and a pre-conference workshop to be held on Jan. 31, 2019 in St. Augustine to address cultural resources hazard mitigation planning and assess community values.
Flagler College, together with principal partners the University of Florida, the City of St. Augustine, and the Newport Restoration Foundation, is hosting the international Keeping History Above Water™ conference from May 5-8, 2019 in St. Augustine. The Casa Monica Resort & Spa, a Historic Hotels of America partner, is the conference headquarters hotel. Experts in urban planning, economic development, finance, communication, national security, technology, historic preservation, cultural heritage, and climate science will participate.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation joins these partners and others including the National Park Service, Union of Concerned Scientists, Michael Baker International, Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, Florida Public Archaeology Network, Florida Climate Institute, Lightner Museum, St. Johns County Tourist Development Council, St. Johns County Visitor and Convention Bureau, St. Johns Cultural Council, and Historic Tours of America.
The conference will emphasize St. Augustine and Florida, while addressing communities throughout the world. St. Augustine includes the oldest continuous European settlement in the US; the Castillo de San Marcos – the nation’s only 17th century fortification; 14,000 years of archaeological history; thousands of historic properties; and the Hotel Ponce de Leon National Historic Landmark (Flagler College). The city is one of the most desirable US cities in which to live and visit, yet sea level rise and hurricanes have threatened it and all of Florida.
“Organizations like Flagler College help to ensure that communities and towns all across America retain their unique sense of place,” said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “We are honored to provide a grant to Flagler College, which will use the funds to help preserve an important piece of our shared national heritage.”
Grants from the National Trust Preservation Funds range from $2,500 to $5,000 and have provided over $15 million since 2003. These matching grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations and public agencies across the country to support wide-ranging activities including consultant services for rehabilitating buildings, technical assistance for tourism that promotes historic resources, and the development of materials for education and outreach campaigns.
For more information on National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Preservation Fund grants, visit: http://www.forum.savingplaces.org/funding