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VIDEO RELEASE: Secretary Detzner Announces Florida Heritage Month 2014

Tallahassee, FL –

The Sites and Sounds of Florida

Secretary of State Ken Detzner is pleased to announce the eleventh annual Florida Heritage Month, March 15 to April 15, and the 2014 Florida Heritage Awards Ceremony on March 18 in the video below.  During this period of celebration, the Florida Department of State, along with Governor Rick Scott, have again planned a month-long tribute to heighten awareness of our state’s rich cultural heritage.

Script of Video:
"Greetings from Florida! I’m Secretary of State Ken Detzner inviting you to celebrate Florida Heritage Month, March 15 through April 15. To kick off the month, we’ll recognize the artists, musicians and authors who have become part of Florida’s culture, when the Department of State hosts the Florida Heritage Awards on March 18 at Mission San Luis in Tallahassee. And that’s just the beginning. Experience all the sites and sounds of Florida during Florida Heritage Month March 15 through April 15. Find out more at Now that’s something to write home about!"

Florida residents and visitors will be able to embrace the wealth of historical sites, literary programs, cultural activities and events throughout the state. Heritage Month also creates opportunities to experience 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.

As part of Florida Heritage Month, the Florida Heritage Awards will be presented on March 18, 2014 in Tallahassee, at Mission San Luis, Florida’s Apalachee-Spanish Living History Museum. The 2014 award recipients include: the Florida Book Awards, the Florida Folk Heritage Awards, Secretary of State Historic Preservation Awards and the state’s highest award, the newest inductions into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees include artist Bruce Helander and musician Tom Petty.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for a reception. The Awards Ceremony will follow from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Secretary of State Ken Detzner will be presenting the awards. In addition to the honorees, the Florida Heritage Awards will feature cultural presentations representing historic Floridians who have contributed to our state and musical performances representing Florida’s diverse cultural heritage.

For more information about Florida Heritage Month, visit