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Florida State Fair Celebrates a Century in 2004

February 5-16 at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa.  The fairgrounds is also home to the Doyle
Carlton Jr. Cracker Country Rural Florida History and Folklife Museum.  Visit

Historic Strolls of Downtown West Palm Beach

Each first Friday of the month, Rick Gonzalez, owner of prominent REG Architects, leads historic
tours of the downtown.  They begin at 4 p.m.  These tours are sponsored by Fidelity Federal Bank
and donations are accepted for the Palm Beach Co. Historical Society.  Call 659-2383 for more

Grandview Heights Home Featured in New Book
The Grandview Heights home of artist Bruce Helander and his wife Claudia is featured in a new
coffee table book "Artists' Interiors--Creative Spaces, Inspired Living,"  The book, authored by
Laurie Dickson and Bruce himself, is available at bookstores for $35.

Bok Sanctuary (Lake Wakes) Celebrates 75 Years

Historic Bok Sanctuary, a Florida icon and National Historic Landmark on peninsular Florida's
highest point, celebrates 75 years throughout 2004.  

HGTV Restore America Series

The National Trust and HGTV, in their 2nd year of collaboration -- "Restore America" -- will
feature, one each month, the following sites:  Ashton Villa (Galveston, TX); Pabst Mansion
(Milwaukee, WI); Drayton Hall (Charleston, SC); Dunn Gardens (Seattle, WA); Edison-Ford
Winter Estates (Ft. Myers, FL); First Hermitage (Nashville, TN); Hakone Gardens (Saratoga, CA);
Leo Carillo Ranch (Carlsbad, CA); Molly Brown House (Denver, CO); Paul Robeson House
(Philadelphia, PA); Sewall-Belmont House (Washington, DC); Val-Kill (Hyde Park, NY).  Learn

Annual Ballinger Award
This year's Ballinger Award for historic architectural restoration is Casa de Miel (House of Honey)
designed by John Volk in 1927.  The yearly award is presented by the Preservation Foundation of
Palm Beach.  For more information on this organization, call 832-0731.

Segregation-Era Hotel in Miami will become Cultural Center

The Miami-Dade County commissioners agreed in December 2003 to provide $450,000 for the
purchase of the run-down Hampton House in the struggling neighborhood of Brownsville.  Saved
from the wrecking ball, Hampton House was one of the few hotels Black people could stay and feel
comfortable in Miami during the 50's and early 60's.  It gained notoriety for playing host to Rev. Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr., Muhammad Ali and Duke Ellington.  The hotel lost its niche following the '64
Civil Rights Act allowing Blacks to stay at formerly "whites-only" establishments and subsequently fell
into disrepair.

May is Preservation Month
The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation will sponsor the 2004  26th Annual Statewide
Preservation Conference this year in Delray Beach.  The dates are May 13-15.  Included are
workshops, special events and tours.  Tours this year will include homes in historic districts in West
Palm Beach.

For more information, contact Caroline Tharpe in the Tallahassee Office 850-224-8128 or by e-mail
at caroline@floridatrust.org.

Boca Raton Historical Society

The Boca Raton Historical Society has been awarded an Historical Museum Grants-in-Aid program
for $14,604 for general operating support of its exhibitions and programs.  The grant is provided by
the Bureau of Historical Museums (FL).

December 2004
Flamingo Park's Annual Historic Holiday Home Tour (first Sunday)
Lake Park Trolley Tour of Historic Kelsey City
Annual College Park Holiday Home Tour
Oakland Park Annual Home Tour (Ft. Pierce)
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