Beyond NRHP significance some places exemplify state or local relevance to their communities. ACI often examines local archives, interviews informants, and reviews historic newspapers to locate information about a parcel or the surrounding area. This information helps determine if a resource meets criteria for local or state significance. Even when a resource does not, ACI often provides additional information to clients at their request to include in history statements about their project area or for local markers or pamphlets.
Our historians have conducted research on archaeological and historical sites, buildings, landscapes, and objects. Working alongside archaeologists, architectural historians, city planners, tribal members, and the public they gather information in order to develop historic contexts. Contexts are critical to an understanding of a resource’s past and its cultural importance. Context is a key tool in the evaluation of a resource’s NRHP significance. This context can also help plan for future research to address missing data or to inform future endeavors in the preservation and interpretation of our past for the public today and in the future.
Not only does this history go into the reports we produce, but ACI has written numerous historical markers that are found along the roadways and at significant archaeological and historic sites throughout Florida. ACI has also helped develop interpretive displays for travelling exhibits, various museums, and Historic Spanish Point.