On Wednesday, the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners voted 7-0 to rename the Tampa Bay History Center building the 'J. Thomas Touchton Tampa Bay History Center.' The name of the institution will remain Tampa Bay History Center.
This renaming was brought forward by Commissioner Rose Ferlita to honor the dedication and drive Touchton demonstrated to make the new facility a reality. Touchton, the founding chairperson, spent 20 years actively raising both endowment and capital funds for the History Center project. In addition, the Touchtons are in the process of donating their historic map collection of more than 3,000 items to the Center. These maps and charts represent some of the "Florida" map-makers visions that have been created over the past 400 years. Many of these maps are already on display at the Center. "It pleases us very much to know that our maps will find a good and appropriate home at the Tampa Bay History Center, an institution which we confidently believe will become one of the finest regional history museums in America," said Mr. Touchton.
Please join us in congratulating the Touchton family on this great honor.