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Secretary Detzner Announces the Start of Florida Heritage Month

Florida Heritage Month award winners to be recognized on March 21

Tallahassee, Florida –

Secretary of State Ken Detzner today announced the start of the ninth annual Florida Heritage Month, occurring from March 15 to April 15. Throughout the month, the Florida Department of State will join Governor Rick Scott in promoting Florida’s rich and diverse cultural heritage. As part of the celebration, the Florida Department of State will also be hosting the Florida Heritage Awards on March 21 to recognize cultural achievements in Florida.

“Florida Heritage Month is a great opportunity to encourage a better understanding and appreciation of Florida’s history and culture, while also giving us an opportunity to recognize important cultural achievements,” said Secretary Detzner. “I am proud to help draw attention to the many talented Floridians who make our state such a unique cultural destination.”

During Florida Heritage Month, Florida residents and visitors will have special opportunities to experience and embrace the many historical sites, cultural activities and literary programs throughout the state. The activities are intended to help residents and visitors gain an understanding and appreciation of Florida’s commitment to supporting historic preservation, arts and culture, and libraries that create economic vitality, enhance quality of life and instill community pride.  Residents and visitors can find more information about Florida Heritage Month and related events at

About the Florida Heritage Month Awards: Event Information

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Doors open at 6:00 p.m., with the ceremony expected to last
from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Augustus B. Turnbull III Florida State Conference Center
on the Florida State University campus
555 W. Pensacola Street
Tallahassee, Florida, 32306

Governor Scott and Secretary Detzner will present the awards. Great Floridian Award winner Coach Bobby Bowden is also expected to attend, among many other award winners. Refreshments will be served after the ceremony. The event will be free and guests will have access to free covered parking in the garage next to the Turnbull Conference Center.

Awards include the Florida Folk Heritage Awards, Secretary of State Historic Preservation Awards, Great Floridian Awards and inductees into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame.