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DSS | January 22, 1912: The Greatest Day of the Greatest Week in the History of Key West with Seth Bramson

17-January from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

$10.00 - $15.00

Distinguished Speaker Series | January 22, 1912: The Greatest Day of the Greatest Week in the History of Key West with Seth Bramson

Monday, January 17, 2021, from 6 pm to 7 pm, at the Casa Marina 

What a way to celebrate our grand bi-centennial, with a presentation about the day that the first FEC train arrived from the north –January 22, 1912– complete with Henry Flagler and every prominent Florida politician on board his or one of the other three special trains to arrive in Key West on that morning!

But wait!  There’s more! Because the entire week was nothing but a series of balls and parties to commemorate and celebrate that great event, who better to tell the story than none other than “Mr. F. E. C.” himself, the author of five histories of that fabled railroad as well as Barry University Adjunct Professor of History and Historian in Residence and Florida East Coast Railway Company Historian Seth H. Bramson. Please try to join us, especially since, if you haven’t heard Seth give a talk, then you are in for a tremendous treat!

**This is an indoor in-person event with a maximum capacity of up to 160 people in their grand ballroom. A recording of this talk will be made available on our website at a later date. Please help us continue to offer in-person events this season by practicing social distancing and wearing a face mask or facial covering while inside the venue.**

About the Presenter:

Seth Bramson is the Florida East Coast Railway Company Historian, Barry University Adjunct Professor of History and Historian in Residence, and Nova Southeastern University Lifelong Learning Institute Adjunct Professor of History, and is considered America’s foremost authority on the history of transportation to, from, and within Florida. He has the largest collection of the Florida East Coast Railway and Florida transportation memorabilia in the world (larger than the state museum’s collection and the Flagler Museum’s collection) and maintains the railroad’s historic archive.

He is the author of more than three hundred articles, has appeared on A & E, Discovery Channel, Fox FX, The Collectibles Show, History Channel, Florida Public Broadcasting, the Learning Channel, and Turner South Network, and has written more books on, about, and dealing with the history of the Sunshine State than anyone else in history, with five of his thirty-five books dealing directly with the Florida East Coast Railway.

Photo Credit:

Celebration for the arrival of the first train – Key West, Florida. 1912-01-22. Key West Art & Historical Society.

The Distinguished Speaker Series is sponsored by the Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, The Helmerich Trust, Aloys & Carol Metty, and The John & Marilyn Rintamaki Family Charitable Fund


Key West Art & Historical Society


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