Historic St. James AME (African Methodist Episcopal) Church
St. James AME (built 1913) needs a new roof. They have asked the state for a grant, but need a 10% match
The Board of Directors of the Sanford Historic Trust has approved a $1000 donation to St. James AME in their quest for a new roof, but that is only a drop in the bucket. We are asking for all members, friends, and interested parties to donate--no matter how small--to help in the preservation of this magnificent building. The August General Membership meeting of the Sanford Historic Trust will be held at St. James AME--at that time, you'll get a chance to see this wonderful building and learn more about its history. It is the oldest congregation in Sanford, founded 10 years before the city of Sanford was incorporated. The Board of Directors, on behalf of the membership of the Sanford Historic Trust, ask you to consider donating to this worthy cause.
OBJECTIVE: Raise matching funds in the amount of $35,000 supporting a grant application to the State of Florida Division of Historical Resources for major restoration and preservation of this historic church including roof preservation, in the amount of $350,000.
Historic Saint James AME Church is listed on the Florida Register of Historic Places and the National Register of Historic Places, listed in 1992, File #8SE-457.Its importance to local and national interests lies in its history within the African American narrative and for its architectural importance. 2017 is the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Saint James AME Congregation.
Video of the church:
2018 Images of Sanford Calendar
The Sanford Historic Trust seeks black and white photographs for the 2018 Images of Sanford calendar.
Each year, the Sanford Historic Trust sponsors the Images of Sanford Calendar contest. The theme for the 2018 Images of Sanford calendar is: This is Sanford. All photographers of all levels are invited to submit their black & white This is Sanford photographs for consideration. From all the entries, thirteen photographs will be selected in blind judging by members of the Sanford Camera Club. Photographs of street scenes, storefronts, restaurants, waterfront, outdoor sports, homes, porches, holidays, and Sanford events, etc., will be considered.
Photos must be submitted electronically and be high resolution (at least 300 dpi at 8X10).
Keep in mind that horizontal (landscape) images fit the calendar format better than vertical (portrait) images.
Photos will undergo a "blind judging" -- that is, the judges only know the photos by number, not by submitter.
The photos selected for the 2018 Images of Sanford Calendar will be framed by the Historic Trust and displayed in October at the Gallery on First, 211 E. 1st Street, Sanford on Saturday, October 28th, 2017. Those photographers selected will have the opportunity to sell copies of their photos at the gallery during the exhibit.
Photos will be blind-judged on the following criteria:
Winners of the photo contest will be notified in July. Submitted images will remain the property of the photographers, but permission is granted to the Sanford Historic Trust to use them for the calendar and for Trust promotional purposes.
Reveal: The winning images and completed Calendar "reveal" and reception will be held at Jeanine Taylor's Gallery on First on Saturday, October 28th, 6-8 PM. All winning photos will be displayed and a limited number of "early release" Calendars will be available at that time. Photographers who have a winning image are encouraged to attend and have the opportunity to offer prints of their image for sale if so desired.
Coordinating this project are Trust members Kathy Hull and Reg Garner. Questions can be sent to email@example.com.
2017 Historic Preservation Awards
May is Historic Preservation Month, and at tte May 18th General Membership Meeting, the Sanford Historic Trust recognized 5 local structures for their efforts at historic preservation.
Home Preservation Award Winners:
A reception in honor of the winners was held immediately afterward.
Images of Sanford 2017: Calendars are all gone, but you can click here to see the 2017 Images of Sanford Calendar!
The Images of Sanford Calendar is provided free of charge and is supported by our generous sponsors. Be sure to thank them!
2016 Photo Project is now Complete and Online
Trust member Mike Smith has completed a project to photograph all the homes in the historic district in 2016, for archival purposes. You can find these photos from the "Archive Photos" button above and to the right. The Trust last did this in 2002. See how things have changed?
These photos, preserved in digital format, will be turned over to teh Sanford Museum where they will be archived for future generations to come.
Become a member
Your membership will help the Sanford Historic Trust achieve its mission for years to come. Please accept our heartfelt thanks for your generosity and commitment to the Sanford Historic Trust. Please tell your friends and neighbors about the Trust and encourage them to join today! Your membership may be tax deductible.