The History Council

What is The History Council?

The History Council, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, is an alliance of organizations and individuals who have an interest in positioning St. Petersburg and the Florida Suncoast as a place of historic and cultural significance. Membership consists of individuals and organizations that support the preservation, protection, and enhancement of knowledge of general or specific historic and cultural assets. No membership dues are required from nonprofit or government organizations.

History Council Mission

  • To define St. Petersburg and surrounding communities of the Suncoast region as a historic and cultural heritage destination;
  • To identify and enhance awareness of lesser-known historic and cultural assets, and incorporate these with better-known assets, to tell more complete and enriching stories about St. Petersburg and the Florida Suncoast; and
  • To provide significant resources to educators, educational institutions, and like causes.

Tactics for Achieving Mission

The History Council funds original research; creates and publishes books, articles, and brochures; maintains a website with information about member organizations; coalesces broad local resources into marketable overviews; and seeks support from Cities, the County, and State and Federal government agencies to contribute to the creation of markers, memorials, and educational resources, as well as to provide significant promotion of local historic and cultural attractions nationally and internationally.

Historic & Cultural Arts Destination

When St. Petersburg and the Suncoast area historic and cultural attractions are recognized, heralded, and presented holistically, they present a compelling picture of St. Petersburg and environs as a cultural heritage destination. They include: The site of the Birth of Commercial Aviation; the site of the First Documented Inland Exploration of North America; Native American shell mounds 2,000-3000 years old; The Salvador Dali Museum; the Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement; The Museum of History; the Holocaust Museum; the Carter Woodson Museum; the Imagine Museum; the Museum of Fine Arts, the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art; the Chihuly Collection; The Sculpture Museum; the Weedon Island preserve; the second largest municipally owned waterfront in North America; Historic Kenwood; visits to Safety Harbor, Tarpon Springs, Sarasota, Ybor City, and much more. While numerous organizations currently exist with the aim of advancing knowledge relative to the specific part that each of them plays, the History Council aims to support and promote our community assets collectively and cohesively, and with the stories of how it all came about.