Distinguished Speaker Series

This lecture series presents a unique and diverse roster of distinguished speakers. Topics focus on items of historical significance to Key West and the Florida Keys. Presenters are top experts in their subject matter and want to share their research with you. We record these lectures and make them available to the public for educational purposes.

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.

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Distinguished Speaker Series Changing of the Guard: A Music-Centric Conversation with Ralph DePalma December 12, 2023 | 6:00pm-7:00pm Key West’s musical soul is an outpost of humanity, in a sea […]


Distinguished Speaker Series Oh, Florida!  How America’s Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country with Craig Pittman January 10, 2024 | 5:00pm-6:00pm Some people regard Florida as nothing but […]


Distinguished Speaker Series The History of Indian Key with Barbara Edgars February 8, 2024 | 6:00pm-7:00pm Native Americans began visiting and living on Indian Key around A.D. 800, and were […]


Distinguished Speaker Series Building the Over-Sea Railroad with John Blades March 8, 2024 | 6:00pm-7:00pm The story of the building of the Over-Sea Railroad is a much more complicated story […]

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