Preservationists praise Apalachicola’s historic heritage

Executive Director Anne Peery and newly elected President Rick Gonzalez were among the 16 visitors t Photo available for purchase

Executive Director Anne Peery and newly elected President Rick Gonzalez were among the 16 visitors to Apalachicola during the summer retreat of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation.

LOIS SWOBODA
Published: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 13:17 PM.

Members of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation held their summer retreat in Apalachicola earlier this month

On Friday and Saturday, Aug. 2-3, 17 officers, staff members and trustees traveled from as far away as Key West to participate in a business meeting followed by an opportunity to tour the Chapman Auditorium and Holy Family Senior Center .

According to their online mission statement, the Trust advocates for legislation and funding in support of historic preservation on behalf of Florida’s many historic sites, museums and parks and promotes the preservation of the architectural, historical and archaeological heritage of Florida through advocacy, education and historic property stewardship.

Recently, the Trust named Chapman Auditorium as one of the 11 most endangered historic structures in Florida .

Anne Peery, executive director of the Trust said although the visitors did not tour the city as a group, every attendee toured on their own by car, bicycle or on foot.

Lorrie Muldowney, secretary of the Trust was struck by the contrast between her home in Sarasota and Apalachicola “There is a different level of activity here,” she said. “It was interesting and fun to visit.”

Peery said many on the retreat, especially those from South Florida, were visiting Apalachicola for the first time.



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