The History & Preservation Coalition of Sarasota County announces nominations are open for the 2019 Sarasota County Heritage Awards.

The Coalition wishes to recognize individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the preservation and understanding of Sarasota County’s prehistorical and historical resources. Besides honoring those who have devoted themselves to maintaining the integrity of our remaining architectural, archeological, and historical assets and educating the public to their importance, the Heritage Awards aim to raise the level of public support for governmental and citizen-based efforts to preserve our common past so future generations may learn from it.­


All nomination materials must be submitted by email or regular mail by January 15, 2019. Recipients and their nominators will be notified on or after February 15, 2019.

 The Awards Ceremony Luncheon will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019
at Venice Golf and Country Club 


Conferred upon an individual who has made profound contributions to the history and preservation movement in Sarasota County. Contributions may include scholarly research and publication, education, museology, history and preservation organizational leadership, and public advocacy for history and preservation. The Awards Committee will be most impressed with nominations that document sustained excellence and high achievement.

Past Awardees:

Betty Intagliata


Recognizes outstanding efforts to preserve and document prehistoric sites and/or effective advocacy of archaeological conservation.

Past Awardees: 

Dr. George Luer
Dr. Steven Koski


Awarded for outstanding contributions through research and publication to increase knowledge of Sarasota County’s past.

Past Awardees:

Newtown Conservation Historic District
Jeff Lahurd


Presented to a Sarasota County historical or preservation organization for outstanding success in historical preservation, historical education, and/or support of historical research.  The Awards Committee welcomes nominations of organizations that have successfully completed a project or a series of projects that have had a significant impact on preserving and understanding Sarasota County’s history.

Past Awardees:

Venice Main Street
Venice Heritage, Inc.
Sarasota Architectural Foundation


Recognizes outstanding work in preserving, describing, and providing public access to historical collections located within Sarasota County. The award will be given to individuals or organizations that demonstrate the use of best practices in the field of archival management.

Past Awardees:

Michael Swain
Deborah Walk


Recognizes and celebrates the best preservation projects in Sarasota County. Nominated projects must have been completed within the last five years of the submission deadline. Nominations are judged for their success in preservation, rehabilitation, and/or restoration of our architectural heritage in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior standards as well as the impact of the project on the community.

Past Awardees:

Howard W. Davis


Promotes and recognizes excellence in student contributions to the field of history, archaeology, or preservation.  Contributions should focus on Sarasota County history and can be in the form of a research paper, exhibit, website, or documentary. Nominations are open to juniors and seniors in high school and freshmen and sophomore college students.

Past Awardees:

Not Yet Awarded