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Key West: 200 Years of History and Culture Documentary FREE Screening

15-April from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM



A first ever documentary on the history of Key West

Key West: 200 Years of History and Culture Documentary Film by Michael J. Kirk

Parade Grounds @ Fort East Martello, 3501 South Roosevelt

Doors at 7pm, Nick Norman at 7:30pm, Documentary Screening begins at 8:00pm

Key West Art & Historical Society, filmmaker Michael J. Kirk and Tropic Cinema will be hosting a picnic-style free screening of the first ever documentary on the history of Key West at the Parade Grounds at Fort East Martello, 3501 South Roosevelt Boulevard, on April 15 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The documentary is titled “Key West: 200 Years of History & Culture” and forms an important component of the island’s bicentennial in 2022.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the free screening will begin at 8:00 p.m. at the Key West Art & Historical Society’s new Parade Grounds adjacent to the Fort East Martello Museum. The Society encourages attendees to bring blankets, lawn chairs and coolers while they relax under the stars and enjoy the film. No parking is available at the venue, and it is urged that attendees to ride bicycles or plan alternative transportation.

Key West’s celebrated musician Nick Norman will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. to perform a few of his original songs before the film begins. Then the audience will be treated to the 90-minute Key West documentary that explores the rich and valuable history of the island city through images, interviews, and historical narrative – a story that will be brought to life on the screen. Starting with the Native American inhabitants, the film considers the many years of successes, series of migrations, hardships, and natural disasters that have shaped this incredible and resilient city during the last two centuries.

Founded in 1822, Key West (Cayo Hueso) has played a vital role in American history and global history. The story of this town/community is truly indelible as are the great people, who against all odds built this Island paradise for us to enjoy today. The narrative of the film will be told using impactful and colorful interviews by historians and people who have spent many years in Key West and, in some cases, multiple generations.

These stories are woven together through historical events and periods. The producers of the film have been given access to invaluable historic archives that are rarely seen, which will add a sense of ‘wow’ to the story. Incredible graphics and animation will move the film along to help all ages truly appreciate and understand this story.


Key West Art & Historical Society


Parade Grounds at Fort East Martello
3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd.
Key West, 33040 United States
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