Laurence Cutts receives Folk Heritage Award

Published: Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 10:26 AM.

TALLAHASSEE — Washington County’s premier beekeeper, Laurence Cutts of Chipley, received a Florida Folk Heritage Awardon Wednesday, March 20, in Tallahassee in recognition of his achievements perpetuating the traditional art of beekeeping and honey production. 

Cutts is one of three people receiving a Florida Folk Heritage Award this year, said Blaine Q. Waide, state folklorist with the Bureau of Historic Preservation.

The ceremony will be held at Mission San Luis, which is located at 2100 W. Tennessee St. in Tallahassee.  The Heritage Awards Ceremony starts at 6:30 p.m., and is open to the public.

“Laurence Cutts embodies the spirit of a Florida Folk Heritage Award,” Waide said. “These awards recognize outstanding folk artists for their longstanding contributions to Florida’s traditional heritage. A third-generation beekeeper, Mr. Cutts has devoted nearly 75 years to carrying on his family heritage, as well as the State of Florida’s rich beekeeping traditions. 

“He has traveled worldwide to share his knowledge, expertise, and family stories about the traditional art of beekeeping. I have met nobody more deserving of this award, the highest honor of its kind in the state. Mr. Cutts has spent his lifetime promoting and perpetuating beekeeping in Florida,” Waide added.

Based on recommendations from the Florida Folklife Council, the Secretary of State confers Florida Folk Heritage Awards each year. The awards are given to outstanding folk artists and folk culture advocates who have made long-standing contributions to the folk cultural resources of the state.

Established in 1985, the program parallels the National Heritage Fellowships, according to the state Division of Historical Resources website,

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