What we Do

Our mission is to preserve Miami-Dade County’s architectural, environmental, and cultural heritage through preservation, education, and advocacy efforts

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Meet The Education Team

Lucia Meneses, School Programs Manager

Lucia Meneses

School Programs Manager

Lucia Meneses is a Miami native of Cuban-American heritage and a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a minor in Spanish Literature. She has worked at a number of cultural institutions in Miami which inspired a newfound appreciation of her hometown’s history and cultural heritage. Leading Historic Places, Green Spaces with DHT has been a humbling opportunity to educate students about where they live and why preservation is important. Lucia’s educational approach is multidisciplinary and combines history with environmental education, visual arts learning strategies, and creative writing. She has completed the Conservation Science Special Topics course with the Florida Master Naturalist Program and has attended various conferences including the Climate Educator Retreat hosted by The Climate Initiative. In her free time, she enjoys kayaking, snorkeling, baking, and playing piano.

Michele L. Zakis, Educator

Michele L. Zakis


Born in North Miami, I’ve lived in Miami-Dade County my entire life. After graduating from Miami Killian SHS, I earned an Associate’s Degree from Miami-Dade (Community) College and Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Specialist’s Degrees from Florida International University. I also hold a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Spalding University, where I’m currently working on a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership. For many years, I worked as an educator and administrator with the Miami-Dade County Public Schools. I’ve also volunteered as a CPR/First Aid instructor at Miami-Dade Community College and assisted Miami-Dade County’s Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.). I enjoy writing and have published several articles in HistoryMiami’s scholarly journal, Tequesta. I also enjoy photographing Miami-Dade County’s hidden gems, especially its historic buildings and cemeteries.

Eileen Zelaya, Educator

Eileen Zelaya


​​Eileen Zelaya studied Sociology and Art at the University of Central Florida. She is a native Miamian but grew up all over the United States. She has worked with the Institute of Contemporary Art and other non-profit organizations related to education and art preservation in the Orlando area. In her free time, she enjoys making art, reading, and writing poetry!

Our Work with Public Programs

Dade Heritage Trust presents a variety of public programs and events to help educate Miami-Dade County residents and visitors about the places that matter in our community. Bike rides, Baking in Historic Places, and Biltmore Hotel Tours provide great opportunities to get to know Miami. In March, Miami is hosting OPENHOUSEMIA, so be sure to check out the link below for updates. And, on Wednesday, April 17, DHT presents our Annual Meeting which will be held at the Coral Gables Museum.

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It is vitally important that Dade Heritage Trust maintain its presence in Miami’s rapid evolution. We believe our efforts matter when it comes to the many issues impacting our community daily. That is why our organization forms opinions and takes action after careful thought and consideration.