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Chief's Creole Café Porch Party
Preserve the ‘Burg and Chief’s Creole Café and the Deuces Live! welcome you for an evening in The Deuces.
St. Pete natives Elihu and Carolyn Brayboy, owners of Chief’s Creole Café and developers of several historic buildings along the 22nd Street corridor, will share some of their experiences restoring properties and their efforts to revitalize the neighborhood.
We’ll also welcome Veatrice Ferrell, executive director of The Deuces Live!, one of St. Pete’s three Main Street Districts, to share her perspective on the future of the neighborhood, from the Manhattan Casino to the nearby Warehouse Arts District.
Ticket includes signature appetizers from Chief’s Creole and a beverage of your choice. Cash bar available.
$22 for PTB members, $25 for non-members.
Saturday, February 11, 2023
St. Petersburg's waterfront helps to make the city special! Tour participants will learn about the waterfront's importance to the city's efforts to promote itself as the embodiment of the Florida dream and hear stories about the civic visionaries who transformed a working waterfront into one of the country's largest waterfront park systems. The waterfront is also where baseball’s spring training got its start, was the 1914 home to the world’s first airline, the St. Petersburg - Tampa Airboat Co. and the location for the 'Burg's historic fountain of youth - those on the tour will be able to try the fountain and, no doubt, will feel younger by tour's end!
You may want to come early and stop in at the Saturday Morning Market - it opens at 9 am and it's easy to purchase a cup of coffee and bakery treat before the start of the tour.
Walking tours are free for PTB members. Guests and non-members are $20/person.
Tour reservations are strongly recommended as space is limited to 30 people.
If a tour is full, walk-ups cannot be accommodated.
Downtown Tour: Localtopia Edition
Saturday, Feb. 18 at 10 a.m.
Our "Original" downtown walking tour is a great way for visitors to get an introduction to St. Petersburg and for residents to learn a few things new about the 'Burg's past.
This month, it comes with a twist: We'll begin at the Saturday Morning Market and end at Preserve the 'Burg's Localtopia Booth!
Experience what makes downtown special as you take a stroll though a portion of the city's central business district and the Downtown National Register Historic District. Participants will see grand historic hotels, stately churches, and architectural treasures like the Snell Building & Arcade and the Open Air Post Office.
PTB members are $10. Guests and non-members are $20/person.
Tour reservations are strongly recommended as space is limited to 25 people; walk-ups cannot be accommodated.
From a 3D tour of a historic home to reconstructing an ancient artifact, new virtual technologies are helping us to uncover and understand the past.
In our inaugural PlaceMatterSP talk, Dr. Lori Collins will demonstrate how 3D digitization and emerging technologies like augmented reality are being used to preserve, document and showcase heritage sites around the world.
Showcasing her work in the Tampa and St. Petersburg area, Dr. Collins will highlight the strategies being used to create immersive web-mapping tools that blend traditional library collections and maps with 3D and virtual concepts to offer new ways to present heritage stories to the public while documenting imperiled and at-risk heritage sites.
Lori Collins, Ph.D. is Associate Professor in Research and co-Director of the University of South Florida Libraries, Center for Digital Heritage and Geospatial Information.
PlaceMattersSP is presented by Preserve the ‘Burg and USF's Nelson Poynter Memorial Library.
PlaceMattersSP is supported by AARP.
Join Preserve the Burg on Saturday February 25th for a little exercise and a lot of fun on a walking tour through the Historic Kenwood neighborhood, the 2020 National Neighborhood of the Year. The tour will be led by Bob Jeffrey, one of the founding members of the Historic Kenwood Neighborhood Association. His role was key to the revitalization of the neighborhood.
The approximately two-hour tour starts at 10 am at the Craftsman House, 2955 Central Avenue, an American crafts gallery and cafe that was the original model home for Kenwood. Upon leaving the gallery, tour goers will be led on a pleasant stroll through the neighborhood that has one of the largest concentrations of bungalow homes in the country. The tour will focus on the history of the neighborhood, its revitalization and current activities & events. As a special treat, one of the restored bungalows will be open for the tour.
The tour will end in the Grand Central District on Central Ave, a great area for lunch at one of St. Pete’s many small local businesses.
Tickets are $10 for PTB & HKNA members or $20 for any non-members. Reserve your spot online. Advance registration is required.
PTB and Historic Kenwood hosts a tour every 4th Saturday of the month from October to April.
Did you know that you can visit archaeological sites right here in St. Pete city parks?
Dr. Rachael Kangas, Region Director for the West Central and Central Regions of the Florida Public Archaeology Network, will help us celebrate Archeology Month with a look at thousands of years of humans who have enjoyed the same places we love to visit today. Learn about the archaeology in these parks, who has used these important places in the past, and how we know what they were up to!
Rachael Kangas is the Region Director for the West Central and Central Regions of the Florida Public Archaeology Network, and she conducts public archaeology and outreach in the regions. She earned her M.A. from the University of Central Florida (UCF) in 2015 and is certified as a member of the Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA). She has participated in fieldwork in the Americas and conducted lab work and teaching during her time at UCF. She is also an American Academy for Underwater Sciences (AAUS) diver, allowing her to assist with underwater research around the state.
PlaceMattersSP is presented by Preserve the ‘Burg and the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library.
A Fête at the Flori
Constructed in 1926, the historic Flori de Leon apartments have hosted many distinguished visitors, including Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.
On Friday, March 24th, you’re invited to tour the iconic Mediterranean Revival building, a National Historic Register-listed property in the heart of downtown St. Pete's National Historic Register District.
Enjoy tours of the building, get a peek into some of the apartments, and hear about the history of this architectural icon from the residents themselves.
Join Preserve the 'Burg to mingle with friends, meet the neighbors, and enjoy light hors d'oeuvres and a donation bar.
$15 for PTB members and $20 for non-members.
Join Preserve the Burg on Saturday March 25th for a little exercise and a lot of fun on a walking tour through the Historic Kenwood neighborhood, the 2020 National Neighborhood of the Year. The tour will be led by Darrel & Brenda Gordon, past presidents of the Historic Kenwood Neighborhood Association.
Join Preserve the Burg on Saturday April 22nd for a little exercise and a lot of fun on a walking tour through the Historic Kenwood neighborhood, the 2020 National Neighborhood of the Year. The tour will be led by Harley Logan, an active member of the Historic Kenwood Neighborhood Association.
Each October, SHINE Mural Festival transforms St. Pete's shared spaces into a world-class outdoor gallery featuring top contemporary local, national, and international artists who use the walls and streets as their canvases.
What role does urban street art play in the redevelopment of St. Pete and other Florida cities? What is the history of the artform and how has it evolved?
Join Dr. Elizabeth Strom, USF Associate Professor, and Jenee Priebe, Director of the SHINE Mural Festival, for a look at St. Pete's street art scene and its relationship to urban revitalization, civic identity and tourism.
Jenee Priebe, Director of the SHINE Mural Festival, has been with the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance since 2018. Under Jenee’s leadership, SHINE has expanded its community engagement with increased emphasis on “Bright Spot” murals partnering with local youth and other underrepresented populations.
Elizabeth Strom, PhD, is Associate Professor in the School of Public Affairs at the University of South Florida. Her research focuses on urban development, affordable housing, art and cultural tourism and how these forces shape our cities. A recent publication, "Bohemia growth machine: Street art as an urban development tool in Florida," examines how street art initiatives and mural festivals have fostered city and real estate development in Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Miami Florida.
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