Unlocking our past to preserve our future.
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Pursue the Past..... Enrich Your Future
Just think of Pensacola without Seville Square and its historic neighborhood, the historic Dorr house and the restored Barkley House. All of these areas are preserved, to be enjoyed today and into the future because of Pensacola Heritage Foundation.
The Pensacola Heritage Foundation, Inc. was established in 1964 by its founder Mary Turner Rule and is affiliated with the National and Florida Trusts for Historic Preservation. The Foundation is the oldest historic preservation organization in our area and continues to pursue its mission of preserving and protecting Pensacola’s rich history through educational programs and community activities.
Whether you are a newcomer to the area or a life-long resident, we promise that you will discover something new through our educational programs. If you are interested in and care about the rich heritage of our community, then we invite become a member of this Foundation.
Pensacola: Restoring Our Past
The Pensacola Heritage Foundation’s first project was to restore one of the oldest homes in downtown Pensacola to its original condition. That was the Dorr House, located right on Seville Square. Next was the restoration of Seville Square itself. The Foundation also undertook the restoration of the Barkley House from which we operated more than 15 years.
For 25 years the Pensacola Heritage Foundation had a long tradition of making Seville Square the center of our community as well as a gathering ground for the Evenings In Olde Seville Square concert series which offered free entertainment to the public with thousands of people attending the concerts every Thursday during the summer.
To preserve and protect Pensacola’s heritage through advocacy, education and community development.
Scholarship Essay Contest
Pensacola Heritage Foundation promotes education with our annual Scholarship Essay Contest. The Foundation awards two deserving college bound high school students, one student from Escambia County and one student from Santa Rosa County, $1000 scholarships toward their college education. We begin receiving applications in January and conclude in April.
Pensacola Heritage Foundation participates in the Escambia County History Fair in February and awards a winner our Junior Heritage Achiever Award and a check for $100
Norman Haines Photography
On March 22, 2016 The Pensacola Heritage Foundation announced our largest project ever, constructing a statue of General Bernardo de Gálvez. On March 18, 1781, Gálvez led the naval charge into the well-defended Pensacola Bay, a feat of daring that would earn him a royal patent adding the words “Yo Solo” (“I alone”) to his coat-of-arms. His forces landed near Bayou Chico and began a steady advance towards the city’s defenses, which included Fort George on Gage Hill (Palafox Street) and its two advance redoubts. After weeks of siege, a Spanish mortar detonated the powder magazine at the Queen’s Redoubt on May 8, devastating the British fortification. Gálvez accepted the surrender of British Governor John Campbell and claimed West Florida for Spain. By taking Pensacola, Gálvez stripped Britain of a key foothold on the Gulf Coast, which in turn benefited the
American Colonists in their quest for
independence. General Gálvez was named a
"Great Floridian" in 2012. In 2014, the
United States Congress conferred an
Honorary Citizenship on Gálvez, citing
him as a hero of the Revolutionary War.
The monument is a life-size bronze statue of Gálvez astride his horse and facing the site of Fort George, his hat raised in victory.
The $450,000 statue was created by Retired Navy Captain Robert Rasmussen and his daughter, Kathryn R. Vincze. The statue was unveiled and dedicated on May 8, 2018 as part of the celebration of Galvez Day.
The event drew several hundred people downtown, including Spanish dignitaries from Gálvez's birthplace, the Spanish city of Macharaviaya, an official sister city of Pensacola.
If you would like to donate and receive on-site recognition, please contact email@example.com, or visit Galvezmonument.com for more information.
General Bernardo de Gálvez
The Pensacola Heritage Foundation is pleased
to present its 2021 Lecture Series
featuring Historian Dr. Norm Haines.
Dr. Haines is giving lectures on the History of Pensacola. The lectures are
held every other Tuesday at The Wright Place, 6 Wright Street, Pensacola, Florida.
Doors open at 11:00 and lunch is served at 11:30. The lecture starts at 12 noon and lasts 1 hour. Lecture cost is $5.00 for non-members and is free to members. Lunches are $10. Reservations are required for planning purposes (please make your reservations ahead of time) and can be made by contacting Pensacola Heritage Foundation by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone reservation 850-380-7759.
Schedule of Lectures:
July 13- The Spanish Exploration of the Americas (16th Century)
July 27- Don Tristan de Luna: the Conqueror Who Failed (1559-1561)
Aug 10- Pensacola The Lost Years & Its Spanish Rediscovery (1561-1719)
Aug 24- British Pensacola (1763-1781)
Sept 7- Bernardo Galvez: The Making of a Conqueror (1746-1781)
Sept 21- Bernardo Galvez: The Siege of Pensacola (1781)
Sept 28- Pensacola's People of Color During Spanish & British Rule (1559-1821)
Oct 19- On The Corner of Trials & Tribulations: History of Old Warrington & Woolsey (1825-1934) Part I
Nov 2- On The Corner of Trials & Tribulations: History of Old Warrington & Woolsey (1825-1934) Part II
Nov 15- Captain William Chase and the New City (1829-1870)
Nov 30- Antebellum Pensacola (1821-1860)
Dec 14 Pensacola During the Civil War & The Lost Cause Myth (1861-1865)
Russian New Year's Party
The 2019 / 2020 Russian New Year event. The success of these events can be attributed to a dedicated board of directors and members who enjoy and wish to preserve the heritage of Pensacola.
Become a Member
Benefits & Dues
Pensacola Heritage Foundation
Become a part of an organization whose work is never finished. As long as our community's heritage is threatened, we will be there to encourage preservation and remind others that our heritage is what makes Pensacola a unique and very special place.
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Pensacola Heritage Foundation Benefits
Heritage Times newsletter | Free admission to Russian New Year's party | Free entrance to lecture series | Discounts for Pensacola Heritage Foundation special events.
Please fill application out online,
make check out to
Pensacola Heritage Foundation
and mail to P.O. Box 12424
Pensacola, FL 32591