We’re excited to introduce our new Preserve The ‘Burg President, Harry Heuman. Harry has served as a Preserve the ‘Burg board member for some time, and he brings an exciting, forward-thinking vision to his new role as President. Harry hopes to bridge the gap between locals and the incredible past our city has to offer—and he has a bold vision that includes exciting ideas for future events, recognitions, and preservation projects in St. Pete.
Harry is no stranger to working in the community. His studies include a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Political Science from Illinois Wesleyan University, and a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from Texas A&M University. As an active member of the Tampa Bay Area, Harry is actively involved with the Florida Holocaust Museum and St. Petersburg Sunrise Rotary Club. This experience, combined with his lifelong career in urban and regional planning, including 29 years at the Hillsborough County Growth Management Department, make him uniquely suited to help guide Preserve the ‘Burg in preserving St. Pete’s history while contributing to its economic and architectural future.
His vision involves everyone in the community, including residents, schools, local business owners, city officials, and like-minded organizations serving St. Pete’s ongoing historic preservation. “I believe we need to knit together the historical fabric we have here in conjunction and collaboration with other organizations,” Harry said when asked about his vision for Preserve The ‘Burg’s future. “When you’re building a house, you need a strong foundation. When you’re building a community, historic preservation provides that foundational stability for future growth.”
Harry prides himself on being a lifelong learner and working to understand people, cultures, and histories that shape our community. He recently shared with us that “Like John Lewis said, there’s ‘good trouble’ that makes a difference in a community. I believe there’s also ‘good different,’ and that we can only learn from the different.” As an avid traveler, Harry learned that the differences between people are what also keep us connected, and hopes to employ this into his daily work with Preserve The Burg.
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