January 13, 2017 - December 2017

Custom House Museum

Join the Key West Art & Historical Society in celebrating the connection between the U.S. Navy and Key West with their exhibit The Navy in Key West at the Custom House Museum from January 13 through December 2017.

The symbiotic relationship between the U.S. Navy and Key West extends as far back as the 1820s.  For nearly two centuries, the two have journeyed through periods of menacing pirates, Civil War blockades, Cuban immigrants, two World Wars, the Great Depression, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the coming of naval aviation.  The exhibit opens in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of Naval Air Station Key West and explores how the island and the Navy have relied on each other by highlighting unique images, artifacts, uniforms and military memorabilia, while also offering interactive displays to learn about Key West’s maritime past.

The Navy in Key West exhibit will open with a special reception from 5:30pm-7:30pm on Friday, January 13 and runs through December 2017. For more information, contact curator Cori Convertito, Ph.D. at cconvertitofarrar@kwahs.org or 305.295.6616 x112.

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.

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