Curator Tours

KWAHS Docent/Volunteer Lunch Meeting KWAHS is recruiting a new cohort of volunteer museum tour guides or docents. Founded in 1949, KWAHS operates four museums – the Fort East Martello, the Lighthouse and Keeper’s Quarters, the Custom House, and the Tennessee Williams Museum. We need volunteers to greet visitors and explain museum floor plans and exhibitions. […]

Karl Reutling and Sara Ayers-Rigsby l Historic Walking Tour: Key West Cemetery and Preservation About the presentation: Are you a passionate taphophile dedicated to the preservation of historical cemeteries? Come learn how to protect these living museums with the Florida Public Archaeology Network on Thursday evening, then for a historical tour with Historic Florida Keys […]

About the presentation: Parades draw people together and transform collective spaces. In this lecture, you will be inspired by traditions and histories of parading from around the world considering how the bold graphic qualities and simple choreography of bodies in costumes can strengthen a sense of community identity through shared cultural experience. About the speaker: […]

About the presentation: We will explore how small seeds of faith planted by 16th century missionaries on a small island in a new world were nurtured into a parish, survived the storms of nature and war, and ultimately would earn the attention of Rome and be honored with the distinguished title of a Minor Basilica. […]

Ages 6-12 (Please note that due to the intensive nature of our camps, we are unable to accommodate children under 6 years of age.) Instructor:Rick Wheeler AKA Deadeye,  Kevin Lisinski                      Assistant: Crystal Smith Ages 6-12 (Please note that due to the intensive nature of our camps, we are unable to accommodate children under 6 years of […]

Ages 6-12 (Please note that due to the intensive nature of our camps, we are unable to accommodate children under 6 years of age.) Instructor: Crystal Smith                         Assistant: Gian Carlos Espinoza Stop-motion photography is a fun way for children to learn about a specific style of animation. Many of the students’ favorite movies are made […]

Ages 6-12 (Please note that due to the intensive nature of our camps, we are unable to accommodate children under 6 years of age.) This program features a high energy adventure driven curriculum where the classroom is used to represent a museum. Students will learn about ancient cultures as they are sent out as agents […]

Ages 6-12 (Please note that due to the intensive nature of our camps, we are unable to accommodate children under 6 years of age.) Instructor: Crystal Smith            Assistant: In the age of digital media, children use all manner of devices to create short films for their own entertainment. Join Ms. Crystal for a week of […]

About the presentation: The 1919 Hurricane was the fourth in a series of deadly hurricanes affecting the Florida Keys during the early 20th Century. The 1919 hurricane, which led to the sinking of the passenger ship Valbanera, resulted in perhaps the worst maritime disaster in the history of the Florida Keys. The hurricane also inspired […]

About the presentation: Dr. Brian Magrane will take the audience back in time to 1622 when the Spanish ruled Florida waters. He will tell the story of the Atocha’s lesser known sister ship, the Buen Jesus y Nuestra Senora del Rosario. Learn about life onboard a small Spanish merchant ship and what was found on […]

Ages 6-12 (Please note that due to the intensive nature of our camps, we are unable to accommodate children under 6 years of age.) Students will create unique works of art using various mediums and take a field trip to explore the Custom House art exhibitions. Students will also tour the Lighthouse in preparation to participate […]

Ages 6-12 (Please note that due to the intensive nature of our camps, we are unable to accommodate children under 6 years of age.) Instructor:Rick Wheeler AKA Deadeye,  Kevin Lisinski                      Assistant: Crystal Smith Join us for a week of pirate-themed activities. The children will make pirate pouches to collect treasure on a nature walk, make personalized […]

Ages 6-12 (Please note that due to the intensive nature of our camps, we are unable to accommodate children under 6 years of age.) Instructor:Crystal Smith                      Assistant: Kevin Lisinski   3……2…….1…… BLAST OFF into the unknown! Campers will have fun using black light painting techniques to learn about the solar system. They will design UFO’s and apply […]

Ages 6-12 (Please note that due to the intensive nature of our camps, we are unable to accommodate children under 6 years of age.) Instructor:Rick Wheeler AKA Deadeye,  Kevin Lisinski                      Assistant: Crystal Smith Don your derby, bonnet or top hat and relive the wrecking era in Key West. In 1825, Congress passed the Federal Wrecking Act […]

Ages 6-12 (Please note that due to the intensive nature of our camps, we are unable to accommodate children under 6 years of age.) Instructor:  Crystal Smith                  Assistant: This camp is for students that are interested in making art in the storytelling style of Mario Sanchez. Students will be inspired after a field trip to […]

Ages 6-12 (Please note that due to the intensive nature of our camps, we are unable to accommodate children under 6 years of age.) Instructor:  Rick “Deadeye” Wheelus, Kevin Lisinsky                  Assistant: Crystal Smith BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND Students will play the part of the hero as well as […]

About the Presentation: Mr. Creis will explain the establishment of Spanish La Florida in 1513 after the arrival of Juan Ponce de Leon to North America, the periods when Florida was under rule by the Kingdom of Spain and the impact of Spain´s Heritage today. About the Presenter: Honorable Cándido Creis, Consul General of Spain […]

Join us at the Key West Theater with Philip Greene to sample Tennessee Williams and friends favorite cocktails. More Details on this entertaining and enlightening presentation coming soon Tickets on Sale FEBRUARY 1st, 2019 If your idea of a perfect evening is to settle in with a good cocktail and a great novel, perhaps one written […]

Ages 6-12 (Please note that due to the intensive nature of our camps, we are unable to accommodate under 6 year olds) Join us for a Maker Workshop that examines the “behind the scenes” process of a science fiction movie. In this camp, the students will learn about set design and special effects. They will […]

Tennessee Williams Short Story Writing Competition Interested writers are invited to submit a short story of 1500 to 4000 words which includes a reference to this year’s Birthday Celebration theme “The Library”. Submission is limited to one Short Story per person. Judges will receive copies of the short stories without author’s names. Submissions will be […]

Tennessee Williams Poetry Competition   Poets are invited to submit a 30 line or less poem about Tennessee Williams and include reference to this years Birthday Celebration theme  “The Library”.   Submission is limited to one poem per person. Three published poets will serve as judges for the event. They will be given copies of […]

Presented by Stephen Kitsakos A discussion that illuminates the playwright’s later one-act plays. In the canon of American dramatic literature, Williams is one of the leading writers of plays, short stories and poetry. Influenced by the socio-cultural underpinnings of American society, both pre-and-post WWII, he captured a realism and exposed a harsh brutality expressed in […]

Tennessee Williams Plein Air Painting Contest March 16, 2019 On Saturday, March 16, artists of all levels are invited to participate in a plein air painting contest that celebrates the legacy of Key West’s Tennessee Williams. This year, the subject is the Key West Library, 300 Fleming Street. The painting subject was chosen because Williams […]

Featured Film March 18, 6:30 p.m. – BOOM (1968) Starring: Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton This British drama film starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Noël Coward  was adapted from the Tennessee Williams play The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore.  Flora ‘Sissy’ Goforth (Taylor) is a terminally ill woman living with a coterie of […]

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Curator Tour of the Tennessee Williams Museum Key West Art & Historical Society is offering a Curator-led tour of the Tennessee Williams Museum. Led by Curator, Dennis Beaver, will provide an overview of the highlights of the life and work of the iconic playwright while living in Key West from 1949 until his death in […]

Featured Film March 25, 6:30 p.m. – SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH (1962) Starring: Paul Newman, Ed Begley and Geraldine Page  A drama film based on the Tennessee Williams Broadway play by the same name starring Paul Newman, Geraldine Page, winner of a Golden Globe, Shirley Knight, Madeleine Sherwood, and Ed Begley who won an Oscar […]

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TENNESSEE WILLIAMS BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION March 27, 2018 | 5:30pm-7:00pm Tennessee Williams Museum 513 Truman Avenue Contest Award Presentations Prosecco and Birthday Cake $10 Donation

Underwater: Two One-Act plays by Tennessee Williams Two performances: March 31 and April 1, 7:30pm Directed by Stephen Kitsakos Continuing to present lesser known works by the great American playwright, Key West Art & Historical Society presents the rarely performed comedy Lifeboat Drill and steamy threesome Kingdom of Earth – two intriguing plays with characters […]

Presented by Laura Albritton and Jerry Wilkinson What if the Overseas Railroad had never reached Key West? In their presentation the “Great Key West Extension Scare,” Florida Keys historian Jerry Wilkinson and writer Laura Albritton dive into the hidden history of Flagler’s railroad that went to sea. Uncovering a stash of records and newspaper articles, […]

The Key West Art & Historical Society is excited to partner with the BottleCap Lounge for a series of fun historical lectures entitled ‘Happy Hour with the Historian’. Attendees will receive a free drink (beer, house wine or a well drink), and will be treated to a short presentation by the curator. Historian: Cori Convertito […]

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for Key West Art & Historical Society’s first trivia night fundraiser. Spots are LIMITED, so don’t delay, register your team today! Grab your friends, colleagues and KWAHS members and join our non-profit’s amazing night of trivia, drinks, snacks and fun. There will be 5 categories – Key West History, Food & […]

The Key West Art & Historical Society is excited to partner with the BottleCap Lounge for a series of fun historical lectures entitled ‘Happy Hour with the Historian’. Attendees will receive a free drink (beer, house wine or a well drink), and will be treated to a short presentation by the curator. Historian: Cori Convertito […]

The Key West Art & Historical Society is excited to partner with the BottleCap Lounge for a series of fun historical lectures entitled ‘Happy Hour with the Historian’. Attendees will receive a free drink (beer, house wine or a well drink), and will be treated to a short presentation by the curator. Historian: Cori Convertito […]

About the presentation: Are you a passionate taphophile dedicated to the preservation of historical cemeteries?  Come learn how to protect these living museums with the Florida Public Archaeology Network on Thursday evening, then for a historical tour with Historic Florida Keys Foundation on Saturday morning (must register for Saturday tour).  If you are interested in […]

About the presentation: A resident of Key West from early Florida statehood to Reconstruction. Lived in slavery for decades in the East and arose to prominence in the deepest south. An early key West icon whose commanding presence was known by generals, a Secretary, Chief Justice of the US and the President. Image: Sandy Cornish […]

About the Presentation: Participants will learn about the fires that forged Key West, including the Great Fire of 1886. About the Presenter: Alex Vega is the Executive Director of the Key West Firehouse Museum, which is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and interpretation and exhibition of artifacts about fire fighting in Key West. Image: An […]

How does a play date at a 150-year-old fort sound? In this toddler-centric Parent and Me class your child will explore and discover through hands-on play experiences. Every Tuesday and Thursday morning this fun and educational class will focus on a specific theme that includes art, science, math, and building. After a playful group circle […]

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Join Annamarie Giordano on Tuesday mornings for drop-in life drawing sessions featuring nude models in short and long poses.  The 3-hour workshops are open to all levels of artists.  Select your medium of choice and join us in the casemates of Fort East Martello.  Materials can be purchased in class if needed.  Please come early […]

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