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August 2019

Parent & Me Fort Adventures

20-August to 28-May from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Fort East Martello Museum, 3501 South Roosevelt Boulevard
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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EVERY TUESDAY & THURSDAY thru MAY 28, 2020 10:00am-11:30am  How does a play date at a 150-year-old fort sound? In this toddler-centric Parent and Me class your child will explore and discover through hands-on play experiences. Every Tuesday and Thursday morning this fun and educational class will focus on a specific theme that includes art, science, math, and building. After a playful group circle time that promotes creativity, sensory exploration and problem solving, Ms. Linda will fill your morning with…

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November 2019

THE COST $5.00 - $10.00

Distinguished Speaker Series | Jeff Stotts: Mid 19th Century Key West African American community

7-November from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
The Custom House, 281 Front Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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Distinguished Speaker Series | Jeff Stotts: Mid-19th century Key West African American Community The community of Key West in the nineteenth century evolved from many cultural contributions. Most African descendants already living in mainland Florida had escaped prior servitude. Some were multi-generational descendants of freeman from the era of Spanish Florida, who had migrated into Key West. Many generations being mostly catholic, recently Americanized from Spanish rule, were never enslaved. These Afro-American merchants, businessmen, multi-skilled workers from St. Augustine, came…

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THE COST $5.00 - $20.00

Trivia Night Fundraiser

11-November from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Off The Hook, 920 Caroline Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for Key West Art & Historical Society’s monthly trivia night fundraiser. Spots are LIMITED, so don’t delay, register your team today!  Grab your friends, colleagues and KWAHS members and join our non-profit’s amazing night of trivia, drinks, snacks and fun. There will be 5 categories – Children’s Literature, An ‘A’ in Geography, General Knowledge, Corporate Logos and The Silver Screen.  Great prizes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams! Off the Hook Grill offers Happy…

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Life Drawing Class

12-November to 26-May from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Fort East Martello Museum, 3501 South Roosevelt Boulevard
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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EVERY TUESDAY from November 12, 2019 thru May 26, 2019 11:00am-2:00pm  NO CLASS on November 26th, December 24th, and December 31st The Key West Art and Historical society will be working with fine art instructor Annamarie Giordano to offer weekly life drawing classes every Tuesday, from 11:00AM-2:00PM, at Fort East Martello. These 3-hour sessions will give students of all experience levels, the opportunity to draw from a live model using their choice of medium. Materials can be purchased in class…

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THE COST $10.00

Happy Hour with the Historian | The Great Depression & the WPA

13-November from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
BottleCap Lounge, 1128 Simonton Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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The Key West Art & Historical Society is excited to partner with the BottleCap Lounge for a series of fun historical lectures entitled ‘Happy Hour with the Historian’. Attendees will receive a free drink (beer, house wine or a well drink), and will be treated to a short presentation by the curator. Historian: Cori Convertito Ph.D. Topic: The Great Depression & the WPA In July 1934, Key West, once one of the richest cities in Florida, formally declared itself bankrupt.…

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THE COST Free

Member Breakfast

15-November from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
The Custom House, 281 Front Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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As a Key West Art & Historical Society (KWAHS) member, you are cordially invited to our upcoming Member Breakfast! Please join me Friday, November 15th at 10:00 am in the Helmerich Research & Learning Center at the Custom House Museum to enjoy breakfast and a brief presentation. Learn about your membership benefits, our mission, upcoming events and all KWAHS has to offer. You may also join us for a docent-guided tour of the Custom House immediately following the Breakfast presentation.…

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THE COST $120.00 - $135.00

Student Workshop | Archaeology: The Heavenly Horses

25-November to 27-November from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Fort East Martello Museum, 3501 South Roosevelt Boulevard
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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This 3-day workshop features puzzles, traps, obstacles courses, field games, ancient alphabets, costuming and live action role playing. Guided by historic personas like Julius Caesar, Attila the Hun and the Emperors of China, our adventure teams will travel along the Silk Road, across the Steppes and over the Himalayas as they discover the connections between the East and the West, save the world and solve the riddle of the Heavenly Horses.   Ages 6-12 (Please note that due to the…

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December 2019

THE COST Free

Member Porch Party

6-December from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
The Custom House, 281 Front Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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We Appreciate you! Come get your party on with one of Key West’s oldest cultural institutions on one of the prettiest verandas in Key West. Key West Art & Historical Society members are invited to celebrate sunset and happy hour on Friday, December 6th  from 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm while enjoying complimentary libations and refreshments at the historic Custom House. If you are interested in attending, please register. For questions please email: klivingston@kwahs.org or call 305-295-6616 ext. 106.

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THE COST $10.00

Happy Hour with the Historian | The History of Florida Keys Tourism

11-December from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
BottleCap Lounge, 1128 Simonton Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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The Key West Art & Historical Society is excited to partner with the BottleCap Lounge for a series of fun historical lectures entitled ‘Happy Hour with the Historian’.  Attendees will receive a free drink (beer, house wine or a well drink), and will be treated to a short presentation by the curator. Historian: Cori Convertito Ph.D. Topic: The History of Florida Keys Tourism As America became more interconnected via railroads in the late 19th century and cars in the early…

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THE COST $25.00

Perpetual Groove

12-December from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Music at Martello presents Perpetual Groove with special guests The Happy Dog Band Thursday, December 12, 2019 Fort East Martello 3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd. Tickets: $25 GA – on sale 9/17/2019 Children 12 and under free Perpetual Groove caught everyone by surprise in 2015 when they returned to the stage after a two-year hiatus. The band performed eight weekends that year, over multi-night runs, to sold-out shows in some of their favorite cities across the country, thus ringing in a…

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4th Annual Holiday Concert & Bazaar

18-December from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The Custom House, 281 Front Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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Join Key West Art & Historical Society for the fourth annual Holiday Concert & Bazaar on Wednesday, December 18, from 5PM to 9PM, located on the sweeping historic porch and walkway of the Custom House Museum.  The immensely popular celebration will feature some of Key West’s finest artisans, musicians and choirs, food and libations, free entrance to the museum and its two stories of exhibits, and a dazzling holiday light show of magical vector projections on the face of the Custom House. Browse…

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THE COST $5.00 - $10.00

Distinguished Speaker Series | Fred Borch: Key West in WWII

19-December from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
The Custom House, 281 Front Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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Military historian Fred Borch will talk about Key West’s role during World War II. When the war began, the Navy in Key West occupied just 50 acres on the edge of the island. By 1945, Navy operations sprawled across more than 3,200 acres. The Navy spent $70 million in building Key West into what some called “America’s Gibraltar” (after the British outpost in the Mediterranean), and more than 14,000 ships passed through Key West’s Harbor between 1942 and 1945. The…

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THE COST $5.00 - $10.00

Distinguished Speaker Series | Fred Borch: Key West in WWII

19-December from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
The Custom House, 281 Front Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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Military historian Fred Borch will talk about Key West’s role during World War II. When the war began, the Navy in Key West occupied just 50 acres on the edge of the island. By 1945, Navy operations sprawled across more than 3,200 acres. The Navy spent $70 million in building Key West into what some called “America’s Gibraltar” (after the British outpost in the Mediterranean), and more than 14,000 ships passed through Key West’s Harbor between 1942 and 1945. The…

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THE COST $160.00 - $180.00

Student Workshop | Adventure: The Rise of the Dark Queen

30-December to 2-January from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Rise of the Dark Queen is the 4th installment of our ongoing adventure series in the magical land of Jozan. This 4-day workshop will take students on a hero’s quest across the realm to save the king. They will face dangers, solve puzzles and avoid traps while costume making, team building and live action role playing.   Camp Dates:  Monday December 30th Tuesday, December 31st (Please note that camp will not take place on Wednesday, January 1st) Thursday January 2nd…

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January 2020

THE COST $5.00 - $10.00

Distinguished Speaker Series | The Florida East Coast Railway: For 125 Years America’s Speedway To Sunshine

9-January from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
The Custom House, 281 Front Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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Our speaker on January 9th will be none other than 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 Seth H. Bramson. Professor Bramson, who is America’s single most-published Florida history book author, has written five histories of and about America’s most exciting railroad and you don’t and won’t want to miss his talk, THE FLORIDA EAST COAST RAILWAY: FOR 125 YEARS…

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Conch Revival Picnic

21-January from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Key West Lighthouse, 938 Whitehead Atreet
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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Details and Tickets Coming Soon Edible history continues with Conch Revival Picnic at Key West Lighthouse & Keeper's Quarters Museum Key West Art & Historical Society and Isle Cook Key West are celebrating the new year with another Conch Revival Picnic— a heritage dinner featuring a cornucopia of classic Key West/Conch recipes— set for Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 6:00pm –8:00pm. The Key West Art & Historical Society, Great Events and Isle Cook Key West once again join forces to…

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THE COST $5.00 - $10.00

Distinguished Speaker Series | Grand Army Women: The Loyal Women of the North

23-January from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
The Custom House, 281 Front Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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Join us on January 23rd, for a fascinating talk by Robert J. Woltz about the lack of preparation on the part of all combatants to the role of women as army nurses and the civilian response. Then the organization of the Grand army of the republic (the union veterans and the Civil War) and eight organizations that formed as auxiliaries to support the widows, orphans, disabled and destitute army nurses. They literally raised millions of dollars to meet their need. …

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February 2020

Back in Time – The Magical Custom House Mystery Tour

6-February from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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"Come Together" for the 4th annual Back in Time fundraiser on Thursday, February 6 from 6:0PM-10:00PM at the historic San Carlos Theater. This year’s theme is the 1960s and is dubbed “The Magical Custom House Mystery Tour,” featuring a live performance by the renowned Beatles tribute band, Let It Be. Let It Be plays virtually every hit song, note-for-note The Beatles recorded. This incredible Beatles experience has wowed audiences across the US for years. From "A Hard Day's Night" to…

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THE COST $5.00 - $10.00

Distinguished Speaker Series | Fred Borch: Key West and the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 – NOON

13-February from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
The Custom House, 281 Front Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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Distinguished Speaker Series | Fred Borch: Key West and the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 Thursday, February 13, 2020, from 12:00pm – 1:00pm On October 14, 1962, US Air Force spy planes flying over Cuba discovered that the Soviet Union was assembling medium range ballistic missiles on the island—missiles that could reach most of the United States in minutes and, if armed with nuclear warheads, posed a grave threat to Americans. In the days and weeks that followed, the Cuban…

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THE COST $5.00 - $10.00

Distinguished Speaker Series | Fred Borch: Key West and the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962

13-February from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
The Custom House, 281 Front Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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Distinguished Speaker Series | Fred Borch: Key West and the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 Thursday, February 13, 2020, from 6:00pm – 7:00pm On October 14, 1962, US Air Force spy planes flying over Cuba discovered that the Soviet Union was assembling medium range ballistic missiles on the island—missiles that could reach most of the United States in minutes and, if armed with nuclear warheads, posed a grave threat to Americans. In the days and weeks that followed, the Cuban…

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April 2020

THE COST $5.00

Distinguished Speaker Series | The First Peoples of Key West: Archaeology at the Stock Island Site and Beyond

2-April from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
The Custom House, 281 Front Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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Ryan Hark will be discussing his most recent discoveries in studying remains from the Stock Island archaeological site that was once located on a small island northwest of today’s Stock Island (where the County prison is today). He will be sharing new radiocarbon dates from the oldest human-made deposits at the site, which provide the first hard evidence of the earliest occupation known in the Lower Florida Keys. He will also share new marine-shell isotope data that reveal the season(s)…

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