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About the Panhandle Historic Preservation Alliance (PHPA)

The members of PHPA voted in October 2020 to discontinue organizational meetings and events. Online services, such as this website, the calendar of events, our Facebook page, and our Twitter account, will remain active.


The Board of the North Okaloosa Historical Society first had the idea of forming an alliance of history-related organizations in the Florida Panhandle. Board member Russ Sneddon, who was then the Director of the Air Force Armament Museum, contacted museums and historical societies throughout the area. The group met for the first time in April 2006 at the Air Force Armament Museum.


To bring together interested organizations and individuals actively engaged in the collection, preservation, and/or restoration of historic property and objects from Northwest Florida and to preserve the history and culture of the region for future generations by collaborating on historic preservation, public education, research, publications, and advocacy.

By working together during this time of financial and economic instability we can more effectively use our resources and manpower in the preservation of our historic treasures.


Membership is open to all organizations who meet the objective of PHPA. There are no dues. PHPA also welcomes individuals, especially those offering demonstrations of their heritage crafts and reenactors. This membership group greatly enhances the reach of PHPA while providing a much-needed vehicle for individuals to network with PHPA member organizations.

To join, send an email to Diane Merkel and indicate your interest. Please provide website, Facebook, and Twitter information (if applicable). Your organization and its contact information will be listed on this website.

Once your membership is confirmed, please send events to Diane Merkel for inclusion on our Calendar of Events, Facebook page, and Twitter feed.