History & Mission
UWF Historic Trust Mission Statement: To collect, preserve, interpret, and share the history of Northwest Florida.
Using the St. Augustine Preservation and Restoration Commission as a model, local community leaders lobbied for the establishment of a state-supported oversight board. The passage of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 provided the momentum for the Florida legislation that resulted in the establishment of the Pensacola Historic Preservation and Restoration Commission in 1967. It was charged with two broad areas of responsibility: acquiring and preserving local historic monuments, sites buildings and artifacts for the benefit, education and enjoyment of the public; and to research and disseminate written, audio, and visual information to further the protection and preservation of historic sites, properties and human stories pertaining to Florida history.
In 1970, the Pensacola Historic Preservation and Restoration Commission became the Historic Pensacola Preservation Board under the Florida Department of State. All of the Preservation Boards except Pensacola were repealed by 1997, with the Historic Pensacola Preservation Board eventually being repealed in 2001, when the collections and building were transferred to the University of West Florida. At that time, the Historic Pensacola Preservation Board became West Florida Historic Preservation, Inc., a direct support organization of the University of West Florida. In 2009, the Pensacola Historical Society, a separate non-profit, merged with West Florida Historic Preservation, Inc. and its staff and assets became part of the West Florida Historic Preservation, Inc. In 2013, the name of the West Florida Historic Preservation, Inc., was changed to the UWF Historic Trust to emphasize that the sites, structures, collections, programs and exhibits of the organization represent a public Trust.
As a direct support organization of the University of West Florida, the UWF Historic Trust adheres to UWF's Non-Discrimination Policy to provide an inclusive and welcoming environment for all at our museum complex.
2020-2021 Annual Report
After a year of closures and uncertainty, 2021 brought about a renewed sense of life and energy to the UWF Historic Trust properties. Learn more about this year with us by reading our Historic Trust Annual Report 20-21.
This report includes a message from Historic Trust leaders, Rob Overton and Howard J. Reddy, information about our 20-21 exhibits and visitation information and more.
Read the Historic Trust Annual Report 20-21.