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April 24, 2019— (Key West, FL) Key West Art & Historical Society Distinguished Speaker guest Alex Vega to present on “Fires that Forged Key West”

On Thursday, May 9, 2019, from 6:00-7:00pm, Key West Art & Historical Society presents Alex Vega, Executive Director of the Key West Firehouse Museum, who will discuss “Fires that Forged Key West,” including the Great Fire of 1886 at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street.

Vega is a retired second-generation firefighter, historian, writer, and author of the book “The History of Key West Firehouse No. 3,” which will be available for purchase and signing after the presentation.

Distinguished Speaker Series presentation tickets are $5 for KWAHS members, $10 for non-members, and are available at, click “tickets.” Early ticket purchase is recommended.  Sponsored by the Helmerich Trust and Southernmost Beach Resort, for more information contact Society Director of Education Kristina Callaway at 305-295-6616 x 115 or at  Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island.

An 1884 drawing of Key West with the Great Fire of 1886 outlined. Image from the Monroe County Library Collection.