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Secretary Detzner Honors Florida Heritage Month Award Winners

Awards ceremony begins tonight at 7pm at FSU’s Turnbull Center in Tallahassee

Tallahassee, Florida –

Secretary of State Ken Detzner will join Governor Rick Scott at the Florida Heritage Month Awards ceremony tonight to honor the 2012 Florida Heritage Month Award winners. The ceremony is part of a month-long celebration from March 15 to April 15, recognizing Floridians who have made contributions to the state in historic preservation, literature, folk heritage, public service, the arts and entertainment.

“Florida has such a wide variety of talents and tonight’s awards ceremony is an opportunity for us to recognize some of those individuals who have impacted our state’s cultural diversity in a significant way,” said Secretary Detzner. “I have so much respect for these Floridians and what they have done to inspire future generations.”

Tonight’s ceremony is being coordinated by the Department of State’s Division of Library and Information Services, Division of Cultural Affairs, and Division of Historical Resources. In addition to the Florida Heritage Awards, Florida residents and visitors can experience a variety of historical sites, cultural activities and literary programs in the state throughout Florida Heritage Month. For more information, please visit

Event Information

Tonight, 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

The event is free and open to the public.

Award Winners (See the attached document for more information on the award winners.)

Florida Folk Heritage Awards

  • Mack Brooks
  • Clarita Filgueiras
  • Dolly Jacobs
  • Nicario Jiménez

Secretary of State Historic Preservation Awards

  • Dr. William H. Marquardt
  • Frances “Dolly” MacIntyre

Great Floridian Awards

  • Lt. General Albert Hazen Blanding
  • Bobby Bowden
  • Caroline Mays Brevard
  • Governor Jeb Bush
  • Bernardo de Gálvez
  • Lt. General James M. Gavin
  • The Honorable Frederick B. Karl

Florida Book Awards

  • Margaret Cardillo (Children’s Literature)
  • Stephen Kampa (Poetry)
  • Ward Larsen (Popular Fiction)
  • Lynne Barrett (General Fiction)
  • Ryan G. Van Cleave (Young Adult)
  • Jerald T. Milanich and Nina J. Root (Visual Arts)
  • William McKeen (Florida Non-Fiction)
  • Patrick Smith (Florida Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing)

Florida Artists Hall of Fame

  • Jackie Brice
  • Robert C. Broward
  • Ricou Browning
  • Louis Roney

For more information about Florida Heritage Month, visit