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State Historical Marker Council Members

The purpose of the State Historical Marker Council is to provide assistance, advice, and recommendations to the Division of Historical Resources by evaluating proposals for official Florida Historical Markers and identifying goals for the State Historical Marker Program. Statutory authority: Chapter 267.0743, Florida Statutes.


Dr. Valerie Jean Conner Dr. Valerie Jean Conner
Tallahassee, Florida

Term: July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2014
Valerie Jean Conner, Ph.D., is a Professor Emerita of the Department of History, Florida State University. At FSU she taught senior and graduate classes in late nineteenth and early twentieth century United States history from 1974–2004 and served as the History Department's Associate Chairman for graduate studies. From 2001 to 2004 she also directed and taught classes in the department's program in Public History and Historical Administration. Dr. Conner is member of the Board of Directors of the Myers Park Neighborhood Association, where she spearheaded the creation of Tallahassee's first residential district, the Myers Park District, in 2001. She received a Tallahassee-Leon County Historic Preservation Award in 2002 for community leadership in preservation and served as Chairman of the Tallahassee Trust for Historic Preservation Architectural Review Board from 2002–2004. Dr. Conner received her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 1974.


Dr. Richard Estabrook Dr. Richard Estabrook
Gainesville, Florida

Term: July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2014
Richard Estabrook has been involved with Florida archaeology for the past 30 years. As a graduate of the Applied Anthropology program at the University of South Florida, Dr. Estabrook has worked in both the public and private sectors throughout the state. He is a Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA) and has conducted numerous archaeological and historical site identification and assessment surveys. A recognized expert on the analysis of prehistoric stone tools, Dr. Estabrook’s dissertation research focused on the chipped stone tools from the famous Crystal River archaeological site (8CI1) in coastal Citrus County. Dr. Estabrook works in the private sector overseeing archaeological and historic investigations throughout Florida and the southeastern United States. He makes his home in central Florida.


Mr. Jose Miranda Mr. Jose Miranda
Fernandina Beach, Florida

Term: July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2014
Jose Miranda received a Master's of Architecture, with a specialization in Historic Preservation, from the University of Florida in 1988. He went on to serve as a Historic Site Specialist for the Historic Tampa/Hillsborough County Preservation Board for two years. In 1991, Mr. Miranda moved to Amelia Island where he worked as a project architect for a local architectural firm. He continued to be active in the preservation community, and served as a member of the Fernandina Beach Code Enforcement and Appeals Board and the Florida Historical Commission. Mr. Miranda presently serves as the President and Principal Planner for Miranda Architects, a position he procured in 2001, and also as Chairman of the Historic District Council of Fernandina Beach.