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The project is sponsored in part by the Helmerich Trust and the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of the Arts and Culture and the State of Florida. Additional support provided by the Marriott Key West Beachside Resort.

Steve King: The Art of Parades

Like Stanley Papio, the parade’s namesake, Steve King is an outsider artist that has left his mark on the Key’s community through his social commentary. Over the past 15 years, his creations have featured in the annual Fantasy Fest Parade, often placing or winning the event.

Tom Hambright: The Rest of the Story

You have heard the official history of Key West, now in the tradition of the late Paul Harvey, Tom Hambright is going to present the Rest of The Story for some major events in Key West History.

The Spanish American War presented by Frederic Borch III

Key West played a prominent role in the War with Spain, given its proximity to Cuba, and its important military and naval facilities. Military historian Fred Borch will talk about the Spanish American War, the USS Maine, and Key West.

Rafael Penalver | The History of the San Carlos Institute

The San Carlos Institute is one of Key West’s most beautiful and historic landmarks. Founded in 1871 as a Cuban patriotic and educational center, the San Carlos stands as a symbol of freedom and hope for the Cuban people. Jose Marti, Cuba’s legendary patriot, and poet, united the exile community at the San Carlos in 1892.

Theresa Schober

Remnants of elevated mounds and ridges, sculpted canals and water courts remain a visible yet subtle reminder of the once thriving Calusa chiefdom that controlled the southern third of the Florida peninsula by 16th century Spanish contact.

“Saving Florida: Women’s Fight for the Environment in the Twentieth Century

Florida is renowned for its beautiful beaches, natural springs, and subtropical wilderness. However, dredge-and-fill projects, air pollution, and pesticides spread so uncontrollably during the twentieth century that they sparked an environmental movement. Those who engaged in and led the fight were often women.