One of Dade Heritage Trust’s primary missions is to help residents and visitors learn all about the history and significance of Downtown Miami’s signature buildings.
Now, thanks to a grant award from the Florida Humanities Council’s Florida Stories program, Miami’s preeminent preservation non-profit is taking all that knowledge and making it mobile.
The Florida Humanities Council, a St. Petersburg-based non-profit, conceived the Florida Stories App to support the creation of cultural, historical, and architectural walking tours for communities across the state of Florida. The application targeted for mobile devices allows users to learn about the history of some of Florida’s most unique towns, including Key West, Tallahassee and Ybor City, at their own pace and on their own schedule.
Dade Heritage Trust produced a script and images to promote Downtown Miami, which were used to create a 25th digital tour for the app.
“With Downtown Miami evolving to accommodate new residents, businesses and Flagler Street improvements, as well as all of the Super Bowl 2020 activation happening downtown, now is the right time for Florida Stories in Miami,” said Christine Rupp, executive director of Dade Heritage Trust. “Among the 12 stops featured on the tour are Bayfront Park, the Alfred I. Dupont Building, the Olympia Theater, and the Miami-Dade County Courthouse.”
The Florida Stories Walking App is designed to:
• Explore the history and heritage of Florida.
• Increase knowledge about and appreciation of local communities.
• Connect communities on a statewide platform.
• Create an immersive humanities program that is both fun and educational.
• Create sustainable and walkable cultural tourism products.
• Build collaboration between community partners.
The Downtown Miami tour will be launched in conjunction with the release of Dade Heritage Trust’s Spring issue of Preservation Today Magazine on May 21 at Downtown Miami’s fabulous Olympia Theater, 174 E Flagler St.
To learn more about Dade Heritage Trust, call 305-358-9572 or visit dadeheritagetrust.org.