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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 you to 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.

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Mission Statement

To preserve and protect Pensacola’s heritage through advocacy, education and community development.

Promoting Education

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 towards their college education.

 

This year's topic was "How did the many victories of General Bernardo de Gálvez impact our lives, with particular emphasis on the Battle of Pensacola." The Escambia County winner was Donovan Kane from Pensacola High School who plans to attend FSU in the fall. The Santa Rosa County winner was Sage Hall from Gulf Breeze High School who also plans to attend FSU in the fall.

 

Congratulations to both of our winners! 

Please click the buttons to read their essays. 

 

History Fair

Pensacola Heritage Foundation is proud to participate in the Escambia County History Fair. This year, on February 8, 2022, Board Member Brenda Glasser represented PHF and presented our Junior Heritage Achiever Award and a check for $100 to two winners: Grace Williams from PHS whose topic was the Rachel Carson book Silent Spring and Sarah Tanveer from Brown Barge Middle School whose topic was "March of Diplomacy." Congratulations to our winners!

 
 
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Galvez Project

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.

 

 

 

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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 pnsheritage@yahoo.com, or visit Galvezmonument.com for more information.

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General Bernardo de Gálvez

 

Lecture Series

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The Pensacola Heritage Foundation is pleased

to present its 2021-2022 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, 80 E. 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 $12. Reservations are required for planning purposes (please make your reservations ahead of time) and can be made by contacting Pensacola Heritage Foundation by email pnsheritage@yahoo.com

or phone reservation 850-380-7759. 

Schedule of Lectures:

2022

Jan 11- Pensacola During Reconstruction (1865-1877)

Jan 25- Jim Crow Pensacola (1877-1965)

Feb 8- Racism, Lynchings & the KKK (1865-1975)

Feb 22- Pensacola's East Hill: The Making of an Eclectic Neighborhood

Mar 8- Alexander Stoddart: the Man With a Plan (1872-1906)

Mar 22- Pensacola's Red Light District (1870-1941)

Apr 5- The Pharmaceutical History of Pensacola (1821-1939)

April 19- Pensacola's Early Photographers (1842-1900)

May 3- How Photography Shaped The American Civil War

May 24- Pensacola Streetcars & The Great 1908 Pensacola Streetcar Strike

May 31- Southern Immigration: Pensacola's German & Greek Population

June 14- Pensacola's People of Color: The Long March to Freedom

June 28- Pensacola's Streets: What's In A Name

July 12- Pensacola's Jewish Community

July 26- North Hill: Pensacola's Rich & Famous

Aug 9- North Hill Architecture: From Posts to Pillars

Aug 23- Indigenous Peoples of Florida

Sept 6- Geronimo: The Pensacola Connection

Sept 20: Pensacola: 1900 A Year of Promise

Oct 4: Pensacola's Fires & Firemen 

Oct 18: Collecting History

Nov 1: J.D. Edwards: New Orleans Photographer or Pensacola Spy

Nov 15: The Meaning of the Gettysburg Address

Nov 29: TBA

Dec13: TBA

Dec 27: No Lecture- Holiday

 

Special Events

Annual Members Meeting/ Spring Party

 

 

Was held on Saturday, April 9, 2022 at the Island Cove Marina Clubhouse. It was an evening of fun, great food and entertainment!

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Galvez Day 
Each year, the Pensacola Heritage Foundation honors General Gálvez with a ceremony at the Galvez monument. This year's celebration was held on May 6, 2022 and featured the Sons of the American Revolution from at least 3 states wearing their uniforms marching down Palafox Street from Ft. George.  PHF President Barbara Fitzpatrick opened with a welcome speech, followed by speeches by Mayor Grover Robinson and visiting Spanish dignitary, Francisco Salado Escano. Capt. Bob Rasmussen spoke about the work involved in sculpting the worlds largest monument to Bernardo de Gálvez. Children from the Episcopal Day School entertained with a song sung in Spanish.  PHF's two Galvez essay winners were honored and the ceremony closed with the two mayors, Grover Robinson and Antonio Campos of Macharaviaya, laying the wreath at the monument.

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Brick Street Tour

Our first Brick Street Tour was held on January 8, 2022. PHF Members visited houses in Old East Hill and heard from the owners how they renovated their homes while retaining their historical beauty. Afterwards, we had a lovely brunch at Nick's Boathouse. We plan to offer more tours like this in the near future. 

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North Hill Tour

On June 25 we had a tour of this amazing 120 year old historical home, complete with a piano player and refreshments for our enjoyment. PHF has plans for more of these member benefits. The summer is hot and so is PHF.

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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 Annual Member's Meeting & New Year's party | Free entrance to lecture series | Discounts for Pensacola Heritage Foundation special events.

 

PHF Membership

  • Individual $40

  • Family $70

  • LIFE $500

 

 

Please fill application out

online, make check out to

Pensacola Heritage Foundation

and mail to P.O. Box 12424

Pensacola, FL 32591

Membership Application
Membership Level

Thank you for your application. Please make check out to Pensacola Heritage Foundation and mail to P.O. Box 12424 Pensacola, FL 32591