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Secretary Browning Announces Publication of Florida Civil War Heritage Trail Guidebook

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Florida Department of State
Kurt S. Browning
Secretary of State

For Immediate Release
August 08, 2011

Chris Cate

Secretary Browning Announces Publication of Florida Civil War Heritage Trail Guidebook

Guidebook provides information on Florida’s historic sites and events from the Civil War era

TALLAHASSEE – Secretary of State Kurt Browning today announced the release of the Florida Civil War Heritage Trail guidebook. The 80 page booklet is the newest addition to the Florida Heritage Trail series.

“The Florida Civil War Heritage Trail guidebook offers a factual account of the impact that the Civil War had on Florida’s communities and families,” said Secretary Browning. “Information presented in this publication provides a valuable educational resource that will enhance our knowledge and understanding of the Florida places, people and events that played a role in this historic struggle.”

The Florida Civil War Heritage Trail guidebook includes a background essay on the history of the Civil War in Florida, a timeline of events, a selected bibliography, and 31 sidebars on important Florida topics, issues and individuals of the period. The guidebook also includes information on more than 200 battlefields, fortifications, buildings, cemeteries, museum exhibits, monuments, historical markers and other sites in Florida with direct links to the Civil War.

The Florida Civil War Heritage Trail guidebook was produced by the Florida Association of Museums (FAM), with the support of historic preservation grant assistance provided by the Florida Department of State’s Division of Historical Resources, assisted by the Florida Historical Commission. FAM is a statewide not-for-profit professional organization for Florida’s museums and museum professionals that serves as a resource for information on the more than 340 museums in the state, provides continuing education and networking opportunities for museum professionals, and enhances the ability of museums to serve the public interest. For more information about the Florida Association of Museums, visit www.flamuseums.org.

The Florida Department of State will be making copies of the booklet available to public libraries, educators, students and interested citizens throughout the state. In addition to the Civil War Heritage Trail, the Florida Heritage Trail series includes the Florida Spanish Colonial Heritage Trail, Florida Native American Heritage Trail, Florida World War II Heritage Trail, Florida Cuban Heritage Trail, Florida Black Heritage Trail, Florida Jewish Heritage Trail, and the Florida Women’s Heritage Trail.

All of Florida’s trail series guidebooks can be viewed online at the Department of State’s Division of Historical Resources website at http://www.flheritage.com/preservation/trails/index.cfm. To request copies of any of Florida’s trail series guidebooks, please contact Susanne Hunt at shunt@dos.myflorida.com. The Florida Civil War Heritage Trail guidebook is also available for free at the Museum of Florida History.

About the Museum of Florida History

The Florida Department of State’s Museum of Florida History, managed by the department’s Division of Cultural Affairs, is located inside the R. A. Gray Building, home of the Florida Department of State, at 500 South Bronough Street in Tallahassee, Florida. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday and holidays, noon to 4:30 p.m. Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit the museum’s website at www.museumoffloridahistory.com. For information on the museum’s civil war exhibit, please visit www.museumoffloridahistory.com/exhibits/permanent/civilwar/.

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