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Department of State

Historical Resources

What is the purpose of the division?

The purpose of the Division of Historical Resources is to identify, document, protect, preserve, interpret, and promote Florida's historical resources, as well as nurture an understanding of the state's cultural heritage and foster an appreciation of Florida's history and culture.

What services are provided by the division?

The division's three program areas provide a number of services to Floridians.
  • Director's Office oversees a Historic Preservation Grants program to help preserve and maintain Florida's historic buildings and archaeological sites.It also coordinates outreach programs such as the State Historical Markers program and the Florida Folklife program, which identifies and promotes the state's traditional culture. Additionally, the division director serves as the State Historic Preservation Officer, acting as a liaison with the National Park Service's national historic preservation program.
  • Bureau of Archaeological Research carries out archaeological surveys and excavations throughout the state, mostly on state-owned lands. These activities include underwater excavations such as shipwreck sites.
  • Bureau of Historic Preservation conducts historic preservation programs aimed at identifying, evaluating, and preserving the historic and cultural resources of the state. The bureau oversees the National Register of Historic Places and maintain the state's historic buildings and archaeological sites.
For example, the division administers the Mission San Luis de Apalachee historic site and The Grove Museum. Citizen advisory boards that assist the division in providing these services include the Florida Historical Commission, the Florida National Register Review Board, the Florida Folklife Council, the State Historical Marker Council, and the Great Floridians Ad Hoc Selection Committee. The division is also assisted by one citizen support organization:  Friends of Florida History.

How many historic or archaeological sites are recorded in the Master Site File?

Through Fiscal Year 2018-19, the department reported a total of 216,098 historical and archeological sites recorded in the state's Master Site File, an increase of 5,301 from the prior year.

How are these activities funded?

The division is funded through General Revenue and two trust funds-the Land Acquisition Trust Fund and the Federal Grants Trust Fund.
Fiscal Year: 2020-21
Fund Dollars Positions


Disaster Recovery Grant Funding.  In Fiscal Year 2019-20 the division was awarded $4.95 million from the National Park Service for repair and rehabilitation to historic properties damaged by Hurricane Irma.

Historic Preservation Grants. The Historic Preservation Grants program allocates state funds appropriated by the Legislature and federal funds apportioned to the state by the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Parks Services for the preservation and protection of the state's historic and archaeological sites and properties. The program is administered by the Division of Historical Resources and the Florida Department of State. For Fiscal Year 2019-20, the division was awarded $7.3 million for three types of Historic Preservation Grants, which was a increase of $2.7 million from Fiscal Year 2018-19. The division annually publishes a list of its grant funded projects on its website.

Where can I find related OPPAGA reports?

A complete list of related OPPAGA reports is available on our website.

Where can I get more information?

Other Reports
Department of State - Division of Corporations, Museum of Florida History, and Selected Administrative Activities - Operational Audit, Auditor General Report No. 2017-195, March 2017

Websites of Interest
Division of Historical Resources Publications
National Historic Preservation Program
Performance Information
Performance measures and standards for the department may be found in its Long Range Program Plan.

What are the applicable statutes?

Chapters 163 (Local Government Comprehensive Planning and Community Planning Act), 187 (State Comprehensive Plan), and 267 (Florida Historical Resources Act), and s. 872.05 (Unmarked Human Burials), Florida Statutes.

Whom do I contact for help?

Timothy Parsons, State Historic Preservation Officer and Director, Division of Historical Resources, 850-245-6300, email:  timothy.parsons@DOS.MyFlorida.com