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Key West 200: Exhibit Opening
21-January from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The Key West Art & Historical Society is pleased to announce the opening of “Key West 200” a major exhibition complementing the 200th anniversary of the first permanent settlement of Key West in 1822. on display in the Bryan and Bumpus Galleries at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street.
Running January 21 through December 11, 2022, the exhibit will highlight Key West’s people, culture and community. The exhibit will feature rarely displayed artifacts that tell the story of the people, industries, migration, culture and architecture that shaped the island. Artifacts are to include sponging equipment, cigar roller tables and tools, 19th century homewares, clothing, artwork and photographs; Overseas Railway memorabilia, Ernest Hemingway’s boxing gloves, Native American tools, Key West Hand Print dresses and U.S. Navy ship models.
‘Essentially, Key West is small town America…the difference between our island and other small towns is that once their industries die away, the town suffers long-term consequences and many relocate in search of opportunity,’ says Cori Convertito, curator of the Bicentennial exhibit. ‘Not Key West. R esidents have been knocked down several times during its 200-year history, but they get back up and find the next successful industry. In a way, the island continues to reinvent itself; this is owing to the assiduous people who call this island ‘home’.’
The exhibit is sponsored by the Helmerich Trust and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs.