Tennessee Williams Key West Festival

Annual Tennessee Williams Key West Festival

In celebration of Tennessee Williams, the Pulitzer-prize winning literary icon that moved to Key West in 1949 and remained a resident for 34 years, the Key West Art & Historical Society hosts an annual ‘Tennessee Williams Key West Festival,’ a month-long series of arts and cultural events that takes place each March across multiple venues.

This yearly festival of events includes a museum fundraiser, plein air painting, poetry and short story writing contests, lectures, museum tours, film screenings, live theater events, and a birthday party complete with cake and bubbly to honor the life and accomplishments of Williams, whose rise to stardom began with The Glass Menagerie and continued with A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and other dramatic masterpieces.

For more information on the annual Tennessee Williams Key West Festival, email Dennis Beaver, curator of the Tennessee Williams Museum.

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Annual Custom House Holiday Concert & Bazaar Friday, December 13, 2024, 5 pm to 9 pm Join the Key West Art & Historical Society for the 7th Annual Holiday Concert & Bazaar on Friday, December 13, from 5 pm to 9 pm.  The event is located on the sweeping historic porch and street in front […]

Join us for NON-PROFIT BINGO NIGHT at The Green Parrot. Bingo cards are only $1 each and there are great prizes to be won.  Select rounds will offer bottles of wine, gift certificates and goodies from SINZ Burritos, Vino’s Wine Bar, Kilwin’s Fudge, Keys Coffee Company, Conch Republic Seafood Company, Kojin Noodle, and a bottle […]

Happy Hour with the Historian Clear Havanas: Key West’s Cigar Industry September 14, 2023 | 5:00pm-6:00pm The Key West Art & Historical Society is excited to partner with Comedy Key West to offer a series of fun historical lectures entitled ‘Happy Hour with the Historian’. Attendees will receive a complimentary drink (beer, house wine or […]

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Parent and Me Fort Adventures Fort East Martello Museum November 2, 2023 | 10:30am – 11:30am Parent & Me Fort Adventures is a child-centric program that offers preschool-aged children the opportunity to learn and discover through hands-on play experiences which include art, science, math, sensory exploration and building. At the conclusion of the program, parents and children are invited to explore the Civil War-era fort, artifacts, and exhibits that […]

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Parent and Me Fort Adventures Fort East Martello Museum November 9, 2023 | 10:30am – 11:30am Our Parent and Me Fort Adventures session is cancelled for Thursday, November 9. We hope to see everyone again next week! Parent & Me Fort Adventures is a child-centric program that offers preschool-aged children the opportunity to learn and discover through hands-on play experiences […]

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Parent and Me Fort Adventures Fort East Martello Museum November 16, 2023 | 10:30am – 11:30 am Parent & Me Fort Adventures is a child-centric program that offers preschool-aged children the opportunity to learn and discover through hands-on play experiences which include art, science, math, sensory exploration and building. At the conclusion of the program, parents and children are invited to explore the Civil War-era fort, artifacts, and exhibits […]

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Parent and Me Fort Adventures Fort East Martello Museum December 21, 2023 | 10:30am – 11:30 am Parent & Me Fort Adventures is a child-centric program that offers preschool-aged children the opportunity to learn and discover through hands-on play experiences which include art, science, math, sensory exploration and building. At the conclusion of the program, parents and children are invited to explore the Civil War-era fort, artifacts, and exhibits […]

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Parent and Me Fort Adventures Fort East Martello Museum December 7, 2023 | 10:30am – 11:30 am Parent & Me Fort Adventures is a child-centric program that offers preschool-aged children the opportunity to learn and discover through hands-on play experiences which include art, science, math, sensory exploration and building. At the conclusion of the program, parents and children are invited to explore the Civil War-era fort, artifacts, and exhibits […]

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Parent and Me Fort Adventures The session of Parent and Me Fort Adventures is cancelled. Please email Kcollett@kwahs.org for additional information. Fort East Martello Museum December 28, 2023 | 10:30am – 11:30 am Parent & Me Fort Adventures is a child-centric program that offers preschool-aged children the opportunity to learn and discover through hands-on play experiences which include art, science, math, […]

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Parent and Me Fort Adventures Fort East Martello Museum December 14, 2023 | 10:30am – 11:30 am Parent & Me Fort Adventures is a child-centric program that offers preschool-aged children the opportunity to learn and discover through hands-on play experiences which include art, science, math, sensory exploration and building. At the conclusion of the program, parents and children are invited to explore the Civil War-era fort, artifacts, and exhibits […]

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Family Day at the Museum Fort East Martello Museum October 1, 2023 | 11:00am – 2:00pm On Sunday, October 1, join the staff of Fort East Martello Museum at 3501 South Roosevelt Boulevard, Key West, to explore one of the island‘s Civil War-era forts and learn about the art and history of the Florida Keys. Families of all ages are welcome to join Mrs. […]

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Family Day at the Museum Fort East Martello Museum November 5, 2023 | 11:00am – 2:00pm On Sunday, November 5, join the staff of Fort East Martello Museum at 3501 South Roosevelt Boulevard, Key West, to explore one of the island‘s Civil War-era forts and learn about the art and history of the Florida Keys. Families of all ages are welcome to join Mrs. Kassandra […]

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Family Day at the Museum Key West Museum of Art & History December 3, 2023 | 11:00am – 2:00pm On Sunday, December 3, join the staff of the Key West Museum of Art and History, at 281 Font Street, Key West, to explore the art and history of the Florida Keys.  Families of all ages are welcome to join […]

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Homeschool Art and History Fort East Martello Museum October 5, 2023 | 12:00pm – 1:30pm On the first Thursday of each month, we invite local homeschool families to join us at a different Key West Art & Historical Society museum each month to learn about the art and history of Key West.  Each themed session includes a guided […]

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Homeschool Art and History Key West Lighthouse & Keeper’s Quarters Museum November 2, 2023 | 12:00pm – 1:30pm On the first Thursday of each month, we invite local homeschool families to join us at a different Key West Art & Historical Society museum each month to learn about the art and history of Key West.  Each themed session […]

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Homeschool Art and History Fort East Martello Museum December 7, 2023 | 12:00pm – 1:30pm On the first Thursday of each month, we invite local homeschool families to join us at a different Key West Art & Historical Society museum each month to learn about the art and history of Key West.  Each themed session includes a guided […]

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Parent and Me Fort Adventures Fort East Martello Museum November 30, 2023 | 10:30am – 11:30 am Parent & Me Fort Adventures is a child-centric program that offers preschool-aged children the opportunity to learn and discover through hands-on play experiences which include art, science, math, sensory exploration and building. At the conclusion of the program, parents and children are invited to explore the Civil War-era fort, artifacts, and exhibits […]

Happy Hour with the Historian Collecting Key West: The Sketches of Mario Sanchez October 19, 2023 | 5:00pm-6:00pm Historian: Cori Convertito Ph.D. In 1961, Key West Art & Historical Society presented the first public showing of Mario Sanchez’s art at Fort East Martello Museum. Today, the Society continues it commitment to share the celebrated Cuban-American […]

Historic Seaport Sail on S/V Argo Navis We Live By The Sea: The Significance of Key West Bight Dr. Cori Convertito November 10, 2023 | 9:00am-11:00am Sail into historic exploration with Key West Art & Historical Society curator & historian Dr. Cori Convertito aboard the luxury sailing catamaran Argo Navis On Friday, November 3, Cori […]

Historic Walking Tour Walk in Harry’s Steps: President Truman Walking Tour November 14, 2023 | 10:00am-11:30am The Key West Art & Historical Society is hosting a walking tour of historic downtown led by the Whiskey Rick of Private Tour Guide Key West.  Learn more about President Truman in Key West on a stroll through the […]

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Membership Monday – Bring a Friend! Key West Museum of Art & History October 9, 2023 | 5:00pm-6:30pm Is it tough to get to the museums during business hours? Join us for Membership Monday at the Key West Museum of Art & History on October 9 and bring a friend! One Monday per month, KWAHS […]

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Key West Art & Historical Society Member Breakfast Key West Museum of Art & History June 11, 2024 | 10:00am-11:00am As a Key West Art & Historical Society (KWAHS) member, you are cordially invited to our upcoming Member Breakfast. Join Kim Livingston, Membership Coordinator, on the veranda of the Key West Museum of Art & […]

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Member-only Breakfast Key West Museum of Art & History November 15, 2023 | 10:00am-11:00am As a Key West Art & Historical Society (KWAHS) member, you are cordially invited to our upcoming Member Breakfast! Please join Kim Livingston, Membership Coordinator, at the Key West Museum of Art & History to enjoy a light breakfast and a […]

Happy Hour with the Historian The Spanish-American War in Key West November 16, 2023 | 5:00pm-6:00pm Historian: Cori Convertito Ph.D. In 1898, national attention focused on Florida as the Spanish-American War began. Florida was only 90 miles from the island of Cuba and was home to a large Cuban immigrant population. Cuban-Americans in Florida raised […]

Historic Walking Tour Walk in Harry’s Steps: President Truman Walking Tour November 17, 2023 | 10:00am-11:30am The Key West Art & Historical Society is hosting a walking tour of historic downtown led by the Whiskey Rick of Private Tour Guide Key West.  Learn more about President Truman in Key West on a stroll through the […]

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Membership Monday – Bring a Friend! Fort East Martello Museum April 15, 2024 | 5:00pm-7:00pm When is the last time you checked out Fort East Martello?  One Monday each month, KWAHS opens the doors to one of its four museums for members only.  In April, we will be at Fort East Martello and invite you […]

Distinguished Speaker Series American Volunteers in Cuba’s Insurgent Army: New Discoveries about a Volunteer Cavalry’s 1898 Incursion into Cuba During the Spanish-American War with Paul Michael Taylor November 30, 2023 | 6:00pm-7:00pm This presentation reports on a research and public outreach project being carried out by the Smithsonian in cooperation with the San Carlos Institute.  […]

Naval Blockade of Southern Commerce during the American Civil War Park Ranger Curtis Hall December 7, 2023 | 9:00am-11:00am Sail into historic exploration with Dry Tortugas National Park Service Ranger Curtis Hall aboard the luxury sailing catamaran Argo Navis On Thursday, December 7, Curtis will lead an illuminating morning seafaring excursion presented by Key West […]

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 of swirling, turbulent, incivility. Music permeates Key West right down to the coral rock. The Soul of Key West is a combination of its historical […]

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Key West Art & Historical Society Member Breakfast Key West Museum of Art & History April 9, 2024 | 10:00am-11:00am As a Key West Art & Historical Society (KWAHS) member, you are cordially invited to our upcoming Member Breakfast! Please join Kim Livingston, Membership Coordinator, at the Key West Museum of Art & History to […]

Happy Hour with the Historian Building the American Riviera: The Hotels of Henry Flagler December 14, 2023 | 5:00pm-6:00pm Historian: Cori Convertito Ph.D. American industrialist, Henry Flagler, constructed numerous luxury hotels along Florida’s East Coast during the Gilded Age.  Dubbed the ‘American Riviera’, his chain of hotels were intended to attract wealthy Americans and world […]

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Membership Monday – Bring a Friend! Tennessee Williams Museum December 18, 2023 | 5:00pm-6:30pm When is the last time you visited the Tennessee Williams Museum?  One Monday per month, KWAHS opens the doors to one of our four museums for members only.  In December we will learning more about the life and legacy of one […]

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Happy Hour with the Historian Our Working Waterfront January 18, 2024 | 5:00pm-6:00pm Historian: Cori Convertito Ph.D. The talk will explore the diversity of work along the Key West waterfront.  It will reveal the complex interconnections of waterfront work.  The diverse forms of work ranged from shipbuilding, wrecking, sponging, turtling, and shrimping.  The main themes […]

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Join us for NON-PROFIT BINGO NIGHT at The Green Parrot Bingo cards are only $1 each and there are great prizes to be won.  Select rounds will offer bottles of wine, gift certificates and goodies from SINZ Burritos, Vino’s Wine Bar, The Boathouse at Turtle Kraals, Kilwin’s Fudge, Keys Coffee Company, Conch Republic Seafood Company, […]

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Join us for NON-PROFIT BINGO NIGHT at The Green Parrot Bingo cards are only $1 each and there are great prizes to be won.  Select rounds will offer bottles of wine, gift certificates and goodies from SINZ Burritos, Vino’s Wine Bar, Kilwin’s Fudge, Keys Coffee Company, Conch Republic Seafood Company, Kojin Noodle, and a bottle […]

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Summer ArtCamp! Pirate Camp at Fort East Martello June 10 – 14 | 9:00am-3:30pm each day Come join our crew for an adventure, as we search the Caribbean islands hunting for the great Spanish treasure fleet. participants will be challenged to test their maritime skills as we track, find, and capture these prized galleons. In […]

ZombieLand at Fort East Martello Before Zombie Bike Ride October 22, 2023 | 2:00pm-6:00pm ZOMBIELAND is coming to this year’s Zombie Bike Ride at Fort East Martello Museum and Gardens! This is a FREE, FAMILY-FRIENDLY community event with food, drinks, games and vendors When: Sunday, October 22 from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. before the […]

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Members-Only Lounge @ the Holiday Concert & Bazaar December 8, 2023 | 4:00pm-6:00pm Please join Membership Coordinator, Kim Livingston, along with fellow KWAHS members in the Bumpus Gallery at the Key West Museum of Art & History for complimentary refreshments during the Holiday Concert & Bazaar!  Enjoy this member-only space to relax and connect with […]

Donavon Frankenreiter featuring Goodnight, Texas: A Special Full Band Tour February 15, 2024 | 6:00pm-10:00pm On Thursday, February 15, from 6:00pm to 10:00pm, Key West Art & Historical Society welcomes Donavon Frankenreiter along with Goodnight, Texas to historic Fort East Martello, for a Special Full Band Tour.  With more than a dozen full-length record releases […]

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Membership Monday Key West Museum of Art & History May 13, 2024 | 5:00pm-7:00pm Is it tough to get to the museums during business hours? Join us for Membership Monday at the Key West Museum of Art & History on October 9 and bring a friend! One Monday per month, KWAHS opens a select museum […]

Papa’s Pilar Cocktail Class – Hemingway Edition Hemingway Social Club January 9, 2024 | 4:00pm-6:00pm The Key West Art & Historical Society is excited to partner with Papa’s Pilar Rum Company for a Ernest Hemingway-themed Cocktail Class Join Key West Art & Historical Society and Papa’s Pilar at their Hemingway Social Club for their famous […]

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 the Punchline State because so many weird things happen here. Craig Pittman argues that is also the greatest state with the greatest impact on other […]

Jacob Housman: The Wrecker King of Indian Key Who Nearly Rewrote Key West History Brad Bertelli January 16, 2024 | 9:00am-11:00am Sail into historic exploration with historian Brad Bertelli aboard the luxury sailing catamaran Argo Navis On Tuesday, January 16, Bertelli will lead an illuminating morning seafaring excursion presented by Key West Art & Historical […]

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Member-only Breakfast Key West Lighthouse & Keeper’s Quarters February 6, 2024 | 10:00am-11:00am As a Key West Art & Historical Society (KWAHS) member, you are cordially invited to our upcoming Member Breakfast! Please join Kim Livingston, Membership Coordinator, at the Key West Lighthouse & Keeper’s Quarters to enjoy a light breakfast and a brief presentation. […]

Distinguished Speaker Series Keeping the Light: The History of the Key West Lighthouse with Cori Convertito February 8, 2024 | 6:00pm-7:00pm Celebrate the arrival of USCGC Barbara Mabrity by joining us for Happy Hour with the Historian when Dr. Convertito will discuss the history of the Key West Lighthouse. Almost immediately after the U.S. Navy […]

The Key West Lighthouse is located at 938 Whitehead Street in Key West.  This tower was originally completed in 1848 to replace a previous structure which had been destroyed in a hurricane.  It was 50 feet tall with 13 lamps in 21-inch reflectors, and stood on ground about 15 feet (4.6 m) above sea level. Over the years it was repaired and the height was increased.  In 1894 the tower was raised twenty feet, placing the light about 100 feet above sea level. After the Coast Guard decommissioned the Key West Light in 1969, it was turned over to Monroe County, which in turn leased it to the Key West Arts and Historical Society. The society operates the lighthouse and its associated buildings as the Key West Light House and Keeper's Quarters Museum.

Membership Monday! Key West Lighthouse & Keeper’s Quarters June 17, 2024 | 5:00pm-6:30pm Join us at the Key West Lighthouse to check out the Keeper’s Quarters museum and the marvelous view from the top of the tower!  One Monday each month, KWAHS opens the doors to one of its four museums for members only.  In […]

Happy Hour with the Historian Vintage Postcard History of the Florida Keys February 15, 2024 | 5:00pm-6:00pm Historian: Cori Convertito Ph.D. Join our Curator & Historian Cori Convertito for a nostalgic visual tour of Florida Keys’ history from the Gilded Age to the 1970s through beautiful vintage postcards. Florida’s vistas, beaches, landmarks, tourist attractions, hotels, […]

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Distinguished Speaker Series Key West Ghost Stories ‘They Only Follow Us at Night’ with Wayne Garcia May 10, 2024 | 6:00pm-7:00pm Join us for an evening of storytelling with Key West native and folk artist Wayne Garcia themed ‘They Only Follow Us At Night’. He will delight the audience with tales of Old Key West, […]

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Membership Monday – Bring a Friend! Tennessee Williams Museum March 11, 2024 | 5:00pm-7:00pm When is the last time you visited the Tennessee Williams Museum?  One Monday per month, KWAHS opens the doors to one of our four museums for members only.  In March we will learn more about the life and legacy of one […]

Many Facets of Key West Turtle Industry & Conservation Shannon Burgess, Education Director at Key West Turtle Museum April 13, 2024 | 9:00am-11:00am On Saturday, April 13, Burgess will lead an illuminating morning seafaring excursion presented by Key West Art & Historical Society aboard the luxury catamaran SV Argo Navis, departing from the dock at […]

Winter ArtCamp! | A Victorian Stroll through Key West Fort East Martello Museum January 2 – 5, 2024 | 9:00am – 3:30pm each day Join us for a four-day ArtCamp! that explores the daily lives of people in Key West during the late 1800s.  During this live-action history camp, students will make Victorian crafts, play […]

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Family Day at the Museum Key West Museum of Art & History January 7, 2024 | 11:00am – 2:00pm On Sunday, January 7, join the staff of the Key West Museum of Art and History, at 281 Font Street, Key West, to explore the art and history of the Florida Keys.  Families of all ages are welcome to join Mrs. Kassandra […]

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Tennessee Williams 2024 Short Story Contest Submissions open January 7, 2024 through March 10, 2024 In commemorating Tennessee Williams’s 113th Birthday, the Tennessee Williams Museum in Key West is convening a short story contest.  Submissions must in some way reference Williams and must not have been written before 2023.  Authors may choose to write a […]

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Tennessee Williams 2024 Poetry Contest Submissions open January 7, 2024 through March 10, 2024 In commemorating Tennessee Williams’s 113th Birthday, the Tennessee Williams Museum in Key West is convening a poetry contest.  Submissions must in some way reference Williams and must not have been written before 2023.  Authors may choose to write a poem or […]

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Key West Art & Historical Society Member Breakfast Fort East Martello Museum May 7, 2024 | 10:00am-11:00am When’s the last time you’ve been to Fort East Martello? As a Key West Art & Historical Society member, you are cordially invited to our upcoming Member Breakfast at the Fort!  Please join Membership Coordinator Kim Livingston in […]

Curator Tour of the Tennessee Williams – The Rose Tattoo Tennessee Williams Museum March 1, 2024 | 11:30am-12:30pm KWAHS is offering a Curator-led tour of the Tennessee Williams Museum led by Museum Curator, Dennis Beaver, the tour features a detailed look into the filming of The Rose Tattoo in Key West. The tour furnishes visitors […]

Tennessee Williams Plein Air Painting Contest Key West Museum of Art & History March 2, 2024 | 8:00am-3:00pm The Key West Art and Historical Society & Tennessee Williams Museum are hosting their annual Tennessee Williams Plein Air Painting Contest.  How much do you know about the iconic playwright, screenwriter, and longtime Key West resident Tennessee […]

The Rose Tattoo Garden Party Fundraiser Home of Dennis Beaver & Bert Whitt March 3, 2024 | 5:00pm-7:00pm The Rose Tattoo Garden Party & Fundraiser Celebrating Tennessee Williams This fundraiser is the kick-off event for the March 2024 Tennessee Williams Key West Festival.  It is being held in the garden at 1207 Whitehead Street, residence […]

Tennessee Williams Plein Air Painting Contest Reception Key West Museum of Art & History Museum Grounds March 2, 2024 | 5:00pm-7:00pm This season, the Key West Art and Historical Society and the Tennessee Williams Museum are hosting their annual Tennessee Williams Plein Air Painting Contest.  Following the daytime contest, members of the public are invited […]

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Tennessee Williams Classic Movie – The Rose Tattoo Tropic Cinema March 4, 2024 | 6:30pm-8:30pm THE ROSE TATTOO (1955) 1 hour 57 minute run time Based on a play by Tennessee Williams, this classic drama centers on Serafina (Anna Magnani), a widowed Sicilian woman living in the American South who is left devastated by the […]

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Papa’s Pilar Cocktail Class – Tennessee Williams Edition Hemingway Social Club March 5, 2024 | 4:00pm-6:00pm The Key West Art & Historical Society is excited to partner with Papa’s Pilar Rum Company for a Tennessee Williams-themed Cocktail Class Join Key West Art & Historical Society and Papa’s Pilar at their Hemingway Social Club for their […]

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Free Outdoor Screening A Streetcar Named Desire Tropic Cinema March 6, 2024 | 6:30pm-8:30pm Celebrating Tennessee Williams Key West Festival with a FREE Outdoor Movie Night featuring A Streetcar Named Desire, one of Williams’ most popular works. Whether you’re looking for a special date night or a unique night out with friends, outdoors at Tropic […]

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The Tennessee Williams Soundtrack with Bobby Nesbitt & Carmen Rodriguez Hellings Curry Museum March 9, 2024 | 5:30pm-7:00pm The Key West Art & Historical Society and the Key West Woman’s Club are delighted to welcome renowned singer and pianist Bobby Nesbitt alongside versatile performer Carmen Rodriguez for an evening celebrating Tennessee Williams in song. Music […]

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Tennessee Williams Classic Movie – Baby Doll Tropic Cinema March 11, 2024 | 6:30pm-8:30pm BABY DOLL (1956) 1 hour 54 minute run time Based on a play by Tennessee Williams, “Baby Doll” centers on Archie Lee Meighan (Karl Malden), a failing cotton gin owner who is married to Baby Doll (Carroll Baker), a 19-year old […]

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Happy Hour with the Historian Porter & The Pirates June 13, 2024 | 5:00pm-6:00pm Historian: Cori Convertito Ph.D. A key member of the fledgling United States Navy, Commodore David Porter gained notoriety during the Quasi-War with France, and experienced success during the War of 1812 With Spain and her Latin American colonies at war during […]

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Family Day at the Museum Key West Lighthouse & Keeper’s Quarters  February 4, 2024 | 11:00am – 2:00pm  On Sunday, February 4, join the staff of the Key West Lighthouse & Keeper’s Quarters, at 938 Whitehead Street, Key West, to explore the art and history of the Florida Keys.  Families of all ages are welcome […]

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Family Day at the Museum Fort East Martello Museum March 3, 2024 | 11:00am – 2:00pm  On Sunday, March 3, join the staff of Fort East Martello Museum, at 3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd., Key West, to explore the art and history of the Florida Keys.  Families of all ages are welcome to join Mrs. Kassandra […]

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Family Day at the Museum Fort East Martello Museum April 7, 2024 | 11:00am – 2:00pm  On Sunday, April 7, join the staff of Fort East Martello Museum, at 3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd., Key West, to explore the art and history of the Florida Keys.  Families of all ages are welcome to join Mrs. Kassandra […]

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Ten Blocks on the Camino Real Staged Reading Waterfront Playhouse March 17, 2024 | 8:00pm-10:00pm Williams described Ten Blocks as a foray into “plastic theatre” that expanded on the “poetic naturalism” of his better-known work of the era. This staged reading is in celebration of the birth of Tennessee Williams.

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A Trolley Tour Named Desire with Curator Dennis Beaver Tennessee Williams Museum March 15, 2024 | 11:00am-1:00pm The Key West Art & Historical Society is pleased to offer a historic Tennessee Williams Trolley Tour of venues related to Tennessee Williams’ long history in Key West. Join Tennessee Williams Museum Curator Dennis Beaver onboard Key West’s […]

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Tennessee Williams Classic Movie – Period of Adjustment Tropic Cinema March 18, 2024 | 6:30pm-8:30pm PERIOD OF ADJUSTMENT (1962) 1 hour 52 minute runtime Veteran George Haverstick (Jim Hutton) meets nurse Isabel (Jane Fonda) while in hospital and soon marries her. However, Isabel is disappointed to learn that George drives a hearse and has booked […]

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Tennessee Williams’ Key West Walking Tour Waterfront Playhouse to Tennessee Williams Museum March 19, 2024 | 10:00am-11:30am The Key West Art & Historical Society is hosting a historic walking tour of Tennessee Williams’ Key West led by Tennessee Williams Museum curator Dennis Beaver.  During the tour, he will discuss the several of the iconic structures […]

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Tennessee Williams Classic Movie – The Fugitive Kind Tropic Cinema March 25, 2024 | 6:30pm-8:30pm THE FUGITIVE KIND (1953) 1 hour 59 minute run time When drifter Valentine Xavier (Marlon Brando) arrives in a southern town, he catches the eye of the married Lady Torrance (Anna Magnani) and the oversexed alcoholic, Carol Cutrere (Joanne Woodward). […]

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Key West Art & Historical Society Annual Fundraiser Dinner Caliente Cayo Hueso February 2, 2024 | 6:00pm to 10:00pm Take a Trip Back to 1950s Cuba – Key West style – during this season’s Back in Time Fundraiser! Salsa your way down to the Key West Museum of Art & History in your best Cuban […]

Historic Downtown Walking Tour Cori Convertito, Key West Historian January 13, 2024 | 10:00am-11:30am The Key West Art & Historical Society is hosting a walking tour of historic downtown led by the curator and historian, Cori Convertito.  During the tour, she will discuss the several of the iconic structures that line areas in Mallory Square, […]

Military Influence on Key West History from Early 20th Century to Today Rodney Richardson, Independent Researcher with Mel Fisher Maritime Museum February 7, 2024 | 9:00am-11:00am On Wednesday, February 7, Richardson, an independent researcher with the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum, will lead an illuminating morning seafaring excursion presented by Key West Art & Historical Society […]

Papa’s Pilar Cocktail Class – Valentine’s Edition Hemingway Social Club February 16, 2024 | 4:00pm-6:00pm The Key West Art & Historical Society is excited to partner with Papa’s Pilar Rum Company for a Valentine’s Day-themed Cocktail Class Join Key West Art & Historical Society and Papa’s Pilar at their Hemingway Social Club for their famous […]

Truman Annex & Historic Whitehead Street Walking Tour Cori Convertito, Key West Historian February 20, 2024 | 10:00am-11:30am The Key West Art & Historical Society is hosting a walking tour of historic Naval Station Key West (present-day Truman Annex) and the adjacent Whitehead Street led by the curator and historian, Cori Convertito.  During the tour, […]

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Annual Conch Revival Picnic Key West Lighthouse & Keeper’s Quarters February 21, 2024 | 5:00pm-8:00pm Key West Art & Historical Society and Great Events Catering team up to present the seventh annual Conch Revival Picnic, an informal Conch heritage dinner prepared by acclaimed chefs Martha Hubbard from Unity Table at Williams Hall and Dave Fuhrman […]

Ernest Hemingway’s Key West Walking Tour Key West Museum of Art & History to Blue Heaven April 3, 2024 | 10:00am-11:30am The Key West Art & Historical Society is hosting a walking tour associate with Ernest Hemingway led by the curator and historian, Cori Convertito.  During the tour, she will discuss the several of the […]

Happy Hour with the Historian An Academic History of Drinking in Key West April 11, 2024 | 5:00pm-6:00pm Historian: Cori Convertito Ph.D. Topic: An Academic History of Drinking in Key West If ever a place could embrace spirits and revelry as part of its heritage, Key West would have to be it. But just why […]

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Happy Hour with the Historian Crossing the Florida Straits | 150 Years of Cuban Migration to South Florida May 9, 2024 | 5:00pm-6:00pm Historian: Cori Convertito Ph.D. This lecture will explore the Cuban immigration to the United States beginning in a time of peaceful coexistence between the two places.  In the middle and latter part […]

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Homeschool Art & History Key West Museum of Art & History January 11, 2024 | 12:00pm – 1:30pm On the first Thursday of each month, we invite local homeschool families to join us at a different Key West Art & Historical Society museum each month to learn about the art and history of Key West.  Each themed session […]

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Homeschool Art and History Fort East Martello Museum February 1, 2024 | 12:00pm – 1:30pm On the first Thursday of each month, we invite local homeschool families to join us at a different Key West Art & Historical Society museum each month to learn about the art and history of Key West.  Each themed session includes a guided […]

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Homeschool Art and History Fort East Martello Museum March 7, 2024 | 12:00pm – 1:30pm On the first Thursday of each month, we invite local homeschool families to join us at a different Key West Art & Historical Society museum each month to learn about the art and history of Key West.  Each themed session includes a guided […]

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Homeschool Art and History Fort East Martello Museum April 4, 2024 | 12:00pm – 1:30pm On the first Thursday of each month, we invite local homeschool families to join us at a different Key West Art & Historical Society museum each month to learn about the art and history of Key West.  Each themed session includes a guided […]

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Beaches, Creatures & Cowboys: Florida Movie Posters Exhibit Opening Key West Museum of Art & History May 31, 2024 | 5:00pm – 7:00pm The Key West Museum of Art & History will celebrate the opening of its newest temporary exhibition, “Beaches, Creatures & Cowboys: Florida Movie Posters” on Friday, May 31.  The exhibition was first […]

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Tennessee Williams Birthday Party Tennessee Williams Museum March 26, 2024 |5:00pm-7:00pm Tennessee Williams turns 113 this March! Join us at the Tennessee Williams Museum (513 Truman Avenue) for champagne and cake on March 26.  The birthday party is FREE and everyone is welcome. First and second place winners of the short story and poetry contests […]

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Membership Sunset/Full Moon Party! Key West Lighthouse & Keeper’s Quarters January 25, 2024 | 5:00pm-7:30pm Let’s celebrate your KWAHS membership at the Key West Lighthouse & Keeper’s Quarters with a sunset/full moon happy hour on Thursday, January 25, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  We’ll enjoy live music with the dynamic Wolf Love Band with […]

USCGC Barbara Mabrity | Free Public Tours Truman Waterfront Park February 6, 2024 | 11:00am-3:00pm The USCGC Barbara Mabrity (WLM 559), a Keeper-class coastal buoy tender of the United States Coast Guard is scheduled to arrive in Key West on February 5, 2024, for a working port visit.  Docking at Truman Waterfront Park, the crew […]

USCGC Barbara Mabrity | Free Public Tours Truman Waterfront Park February 6, 2024 | 9:00am-3:00pm The USCGC Barbara Mabrity (WLM 559), a Keeper-class coastal buoy tender of the United States Coast Guard is scheduled to arrive in Key West on February 5, 2024, for a working port visit.  Docking at Truman Waterfront Park, the crew […]

Happy Hour with the Historian Keeping the Light: The History of the Key West Lighthouse February 5, 2024 | 5:00pm-6:00pm Historian: Cori Convertito Ph.D. Celebrate the arrival of USCGC Barbara Mabrity by joining us for Happy Hour with the Historian when Dr. Convertito will discuss the history of the Key West Lighthouse. Almost immediately after […]

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Spring ArtCamp! | Just Paint! Fort East Martello Museum March 18 – 22, 2024, from 9am – 3:30pm This week of camp is filled with just paint! Campers will learn about printmaking, watercolors, and action painting! This camp concludes with a pop-up exhibit that is curated and installed by the campers. Parents and families are invited […]

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CANCELED!  Will be rescheduled The Men of Tennessee Williams: A Staged Reading Little Room Jazz Club March 28, 2024 | 5:30pm-7:00pm On Thursday, March 28, join the Key West Art & Historical Society, Tennessee Williams Museum and Fringe Theater as they present, ‘The Men of Tennessee Williams: A Staged Reading’ as part of the annual […]

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Happy Hour with the Historian The Great Depression in Key West & The WPA July 11, 2024 | 5:00pm-6:00pm Historian: Cori Convertito Ph.D. In July 1934, Key West, once one of the richest cities in Florida, formally declared itself bankrupt. Of the 13,000 people who inhabited the town, 80% were on relief rolls and the […]

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Happy Hour with the Historian The Streets of Key West August 15, 2024 | 5:00pm-6:00pm Historian: Cori Convertito Ph.D. We walk or ride our bikes down Simonton, Southard, Whitehead, and Fleming street without giving much thought to the streets’ namesakes or the history belonging to each. This lecture will take attendees on a tour of […]

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Happy Hour with the Historian Over the Seas and Across the Keys: A History of Key West Travel September 19, 2024 | 5:00pm-6:00pm Historian: Cori Convertito Ph.D. Historically speaking, reaching the islands of the Florida Keys was a difficult notion.  Shallow waters surround the islands and very few natural deep water harbors existed.  But the […]

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Summer ArtCamp! The Art of Reusing & Recycling at Fort East Martello June 17 – 21 | 9:00am-3:30pm each day During this week-long camp, we will learn about artists who push the boundaries of artmaking by using discarded materials. Campers will use the work created by these artists as inspiration for their creations. Ages: 5-9 Instructors: […]

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Summer ArtCamp! Live Action History: The Seminole War at Fort East Martello June 24 – 28 | 9:00am-3:30pm each day This camp is a “live-action history” program that will follow the story of the Seminole Wars in Florida during the 1800s. Participants will be encouraged to portray characters from both sides as we reenact key […]

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Summer ArtCamp! Wreckers Camp at Fort East Martello July 8 – 12 | 9:00am-3:30pm each day This 5-day Camp focuses on a day in the life of the people who lived in Old Key West during the golden age of wrecking. Participants will be challenged to test their maritime skills in our wrecker’s race during […]

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Summer ArtCamp! Naturalists in South Florida at Fort East Martello July 15 – 19 | 9:00am-3:30pm each day This 5-day camp retraces the steps of South Florida’s early naturalists. Campers will explore the rich flora and fauna of the region, much like the explorers of the 1800s, and express their discoveries through various art forms. From clay stamping […]

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Summer ArtCamp! Live Action History: Rise of the Shogun at Fort East Martello July 22 – 26 | 9:00am-3:30pm each day This camp is a “live-action history” program that will follow the epic story of a warring states period in feudal Japan known as the Sengoku Jidai. It was a time when samurai, ninjas, and […]

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Summer ArtCamp! The Art of Key West at Fort East Martello July 29 – August 2 | 9:00am-3:30pm each day During this week-long Art Camp! Campers will learn about the creative styles of local artists as they work with watercolors, inks, pastels, and air-dry clay. This camp concludes with a pop-up exhibition that is curated […]

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Summer ArtCamp! Archaeology: Book of Hidden Treasures at Fort East Martello August 5 – 9 | 9:00am-3:30pm each day Come join Professor Deadeye and our adventure teams as we go on yet another museum quest. This year, we will be searching for the legendary “Kitab al Kanuz”, also called the Book of Hidden Pearls. This […]

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Family Day at the Museum Fort East Martello Museum May 5, 2024 | 11:00am – 2:00pm  On Sunday, May 5, join the staff of Fort East Martello Museum, at 3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd., Key West, to explore the art and history of the Florida Keys.  Families of all ages are welcome to join Mrs. Kassandra […]

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Homeschool Art & History LOCATION CHANGE – We will be meeting at Fort East Martello Museum May 2, 2024 | 12pm – 1:30pm On the first Thursday of each month, we invite local homeschool families to join us at a different Key West Art & Historical Society museum each month to learn about the art and history of […]

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The Merili McCoy Royal Poinciana Red Party Key West Lighthouse & Keeper’s Quarters June 1, 2024 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm Join Save a Tree Key West in honoring former Key West City Commissioner and tree enthusiast Merili McCoy (1930-2005) at The Merili McCoy Royal Poinciana Red Party.  Proceeds from the fundraising event and silent auction […]

2023 Short Story Contest Winners

2023 Poetry Contest Winners

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2023 Student Short Story Contest

(Eingeschränkte Rechte für bestimmte redaktionelle Kunden in Deutschland. Limited rights for specific editorial clients in Germany.) TENNESSEE WILLIAMS (1911-1983). American playwright. Photographed in 1950. Hamburg, Hotel Atlantic (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images)

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