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Dade Heritage Trust Inc

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Mission: Preservation of historic sites.

Programs: Dade heritage trust worked on many fronts in 2013-2014 to preserve miami's historic, architectural and cultural heritage through advocacy, education and restoration. Education: dht's major educational thrust was organizing, orchestrating and publicizing our 31st annual dade heritage days, a two-month long celebration of historic places throughout miami-dade county held march 1 through april 30, 2014. The theme of this year's heritage festival was "entertaining miami" and included over 50 events, commemorative services, programs at schools, churches, cemeteries and parks, neighborhood house and garden tours, and an evening on the history of moviemaking in miami. For dade heritage days, dht partnered with downtown miami partnership to present our third annual taste of downtown miami to showcase miami's architectural landmark buildings in the historic flagler street corridor. Dht publicized dade heritage days by producing a handsome 32-page full-color brochure printing 10,000 copies and distributing them to members, historic, cultural and civic organizations, commissions, tourist centers and civic leaders. The brochure was also posted on dht's website, www. Dadeheritagetrust. Org and facebook. Weekly e-blasts were sent out to highlight selected dade heritage days activities, and printed invitations were mailed out for special events. Dht reached out to public and private schools throughout the county to hold our fourth dade heritage days student art and photography competition and exhibit. The winning entries were featured in our dade heritage days brochure and on our website. Finalists were honored with an exhibit of their work at the coral gables museum and at the deering estate april 27th through may 16th, with winners honored at a special ceremony. Dade heritage trust worked throughout the year with numerous schools to encourage an appreciation of miami's architecture and historic places with tours of historic sites. Dht continued to parnter with william jennings bryan museum magnet school elementary, working with teachers and students on special educational projects, supporting restoration of their historic school and grounds and spotlighting their open-house tour led by students for dade heritage days. Dht's african american committee sponsored its annual why i'm proud of my heritage student essay competition and showcased its youth talent on parade at the miami city cemetery commemorative service. To encourage a preservation ethic, dht presented its annual preservation awards, held this year on april 29th at the coral gables museum. Honored were restoration projects, architects, developers, contractors, organizations and individuals who had excelled in preserving miami's historic and architectural heritage. Another educational outreach this past year produced by dht was a black history tour for students and adults alike, which proved a great success. Dht volunteers also continued a decades-long tradition of leading free historic tours of the biltmore hotel every sunday. Advocacy: to draw attention to significant older buildings threatened with demolition, neglect or unsympathetic development, dade heritage trust announced its 10 most endangered sites list at dht's preservation awards. These were publicized in our weekly news and on our website. Dht's advocacy committee monitored preservation issues and attended preservation board and commission meetings on timely topics. To encourage historic preservation rather than demolition, dht met with land use attorneys, real estate experts and neighborhood activists to plan an upcoming conference on creatin win/win scenarios for property owners and the community, with a particular focus on shenandoah and little havana. Grant money was sought and plans made for a september, 2014 workshop on "historic neighborhoods: building community. " as part of keeping the public informed on preservation issues and events, dht wrote, designed and produced a weekly preservation news e-newsletter, using constant contact and dht's website and facebook to reach a broad audience including community leaders. Dht hosted an event at the palm island home of architects todd and isabel tragash to show how a 1920s old spanish house can be beautifully renovated-rather than demolished-for today's neeeds---a position dade heritage trust has advocated for on miami beach. In dht's role as an advocate for miami's historic places, dht campaigned for a redesign of the metsquare development to preserve in situ the archeological treasures found at the site, located on the north bank of the miami river at 300 se 3rd st. Dht wrote letters, spoke at preservation board and city commission meetings and publicized the issues to the community. When miami commissioner marc sarnoff arranged for a mediation between preservationists and the mdm group, dht played an important role in crafting the agreement to preserve, showcase and interpret the archeological remains of the tequesta village, ft. Dallas and flagler's royal palm hotel. We were gratified by the resulting agreement, and we are continuing to monitor and collaborate to ensure the plans become a reality. The example of metsquare will be a good tie-in to dht's dade heritage days 2015 theme, which was planned in 2014. The theme is "building miami," and will showcase the developers and architecture from miami's earliest times to the present that have shaped miami's history.

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