About the Division

Program Areas

R.A. Gray Building

The Division of Historical Resources within the Florida Department of State is comprised of the following program areas:

  • Director's Office
  • Bureau of Historic Preservation
  • Bureau of Archaeological Research

The Director's Office is responsible for planning, organizing, developing, directing, coordinating, and evaluating the statewide program of historical resource preservation. In addition, the Director's Office includes three sections; Division Operations, the Public Lands Liaison Office, and The Grove, an 1825 historic house in Tallahassee presently undergoing restoration for eventual use as a public museum. For more information on The Grove, please visit flheritage.com/grove. Finally, the Director serves as the State Historic Preservation Officer providing a liaison with the national historic preservation program conducted by the National Park Service.

The Bureau of Historic Preservation conducts historic preservation and folklife programs aimed at identifying, evaluating, preserving and interpreting the historic and cultural resources of the state. The Bureau manages a grants-in-aid program to help preserve and maintain Florida's historic buildings and archaeological sites, and coordinates the State Historic Markers program and the Florida Main Street Program. Under federal and state laws, the Bureau oversees the National Register of Historic Places program for Florida, maintains an inventory of the state's historical resources in the Florida Master Site File, assists applicants in federal tax benefit and local government ad valorem tax relief programs for historic buildings, and reviews the impact that development projects may have on significant historic resources. The Florida Folklife Program identifies and promotes the state's traditional cultures, and coordinates folklife apprenticeship and award programs. For more information visit flheritage.com/preservation.

The Bureau of Archaeological Research is responsible for the state's archaeology program. The bureau's archaeologists carry out archaeological surveys and excavations throughout the state, primarily on state-owned lands. They maintain records on historical resources that have been recorded, and assist consultants and planners in protecting sites. The state's underwater archaeology program includes not only historic shipwreck sites but also pre-Columbian sites in underwater contexts. Some of these are among the oldest human sites in the New World. The Bureau's underwater archaeologists have worked with local divers to develop Underwater Archaeological Preserves around the state to protect and interpret shipwreck sites to the public. The Bureau also manages Mission San Luis, a 60-acre world-class archaeological site and the only reconstructed Spanish mission in the Southeast. Located in Tallahassee, the site features a full-time research program and a living history museum. For more information visit flheritage.com/archaeology.