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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

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 one-day, 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…

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December 2019

Tennessee Williams Poetry Contest

3-December to 8-March from 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM
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In celebrating Tennessee Williams' Birthday, we are once again hosting our annual poetry competition that is open to everyone.  The poem must reference ''The Women of Tennessee Williams", which can be interpreted in an amorphous way, in order to be considered.  Authors may choose to write a poem about one of Williams' characters, one of  the actresses who played a role in his plays or films, or a member of his family. All interested writers are invited to submit their…

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Tennessee Williams Short Story Contest

3-December to 8-March from 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM
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In celebrating Tennessee Williams' Birthday, we are once again hosting our annual short story competition that is open to everyone. Your original story must reference ''The Women of Tennessee Williams", which can be interpreted in an amorphous way, in order to be considered. Authors may choose to write a story about one of Williams' characters, one of the actresses who played a role in one of his plays or films or a family member. All interested writers are invited to…

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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

Free Curator Tour of Tennessee Williams Museum

5-January from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Tennessee Williams Museum, 513 Truman Avenue
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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As an extra perk for locals, the Tennessee Williams Museum, under the auspices of the Key West Art and Historical Society, is providing a free curator led tour for locals on the first Sunday in January. The tour will take place on January 5 at 2:00 p.m. at 513 Truman Avenue and will be led by Curator Dennis Beaver. The focus of the tour will be on the January 19, 1956, San Carlos Institute premiere of Williams’ classic film “The…

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THE COST $10.00

Happy Hour with the Historian | The Women Who Shaped Key West

8-January 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 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 Women who…

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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
Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina, 245 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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THE COST $5.00 - $20.00

Trivia Night Fundraiser

13-January 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.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 – ‘P’ in Geography, Food & Drink, Songs from the 1950s, Art & Artists, and History. Great prizes…

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THE COST $45.00 - $55.00

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, Isle Cook Key West and Great Events Catering 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…

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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

Free Curator Tour of Tennessee Williams Museum

2-February from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Tennessee Williams Museum, 513 Truman Avenue
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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As part of the Key West Art and Historical Society’s free museum entry for locals on first Sundays of the month program, the curator of the Tennessee Williams Museum, Dennis Beaver, is adding the perk of a free tour to locals. The tour will take place on Sunday, February 2 at 2 p.m. at the museum located at 513 Truman Avenue. The focus of the tour will be on the controversial death of Tennessee Williams. He died February 25, 1983…

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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 6:00PM-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 - $20.00

Trivia Night Fundraiser

10-February 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.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 – Animals, Literature, Corporate Logos, Who Said It?, and U.S. States.  Great prizes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd…

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THE COST $10.00

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

12-February 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 $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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THE COST Free

Distinguished Speaker Series | Tennessee Williams in Key West

27-February from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Key West Old City Hall, 510 Greene Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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Dennis Beaver is curator of the Tennessee Williams Museum.  He has been a resident of Key West since 1979 and has always been fascinated with the history of Key West and the legendary people who have called it home. Amongst those people was the Pulitzer Prize-winning Tennessee Williams, author of such plays as The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, as well as several other dramatic masterpieces. Beaver says that while he did…

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March 2020

Free Curator Tour of Tennessee Williams Museum

1-March from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Tennessee Williams Museum, 513 Truman Avenue
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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The Tennessee Williams Museum, under the auspices of the Key West Art and Historical Society, is offering a free tour for locals on the first Sunday in March. The tour will be led by Curator Dennis Beaver and will begin at 2:00 p.m. on March 1 at the museum at 513 Truman Avenue. The focus of the tour will be on Williams play “The Glass Menagerie” and the playwright’s relationship with his sister Rose. This is the seventy-fifth anniversary of…

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THE COST $100.00

Tennessee Williams Museum Fundraiser

1-March from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
1207 Whitehead St, 1207 Whitehead Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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The founders of the Tennessee Williams Museum are hosting a fundraiser to help support its year-long events and programming. To kick off the Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration Month, the founders of the Museum will once again open their marvelous home in order to host a fundraiser to help support its events and programming.  All proceeds assist with funding not only the annual poetry, short story and painting contests, it also supports our birthday party at the museum and additional acquisitions…

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Tennessee Williams Classic Film Series | Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

2-March from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) 108 minute run time This classic film was adapted from Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name.  It stars Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman and Burl Ives. Brick, an alcoholic ex-football player, drinks his days away and resists the affections of the wife, Maggie.  His reunion with his father, Big Daddy, who is dying of cancer, jogs a host of memories and revelations for both father and son. The film was nominated…

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THE COST $5.00 - $10.00

Distinguished Speaker Series | U-boats So Close to Home and The Finest Hours: The Coast Guard’s Greatest Rescue

5-March 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 | U-boats So Close to Home and The Finest Hours: The Coast Guard’s Greatest Rescue Thursday, March 5, 2020, from 6:00pm – 7:00pm New York Times bestselling author Michael Tougias will appear at the Custom House on Thursday, March 5, 2020, from 6:00pm-7:00pm. He will be giving a two part multi-media presentation. The first part covers his new book U-Boats so Close to Home: A True Story of an American Family’s Fight for Survival During WWII. The…

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THE COST $5.00 - $20.00

Trivia Night Fundraiser

9-March 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 – Everything Blue, In the Recent News, The Rolling Stones, Food & Drink and General Knowledge.  Great prizes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams!Off the Hook Grill offers Happy Hour from…

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Tennessee Williams Classic Film Series | The Migrants

9-March from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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The Migrants (1974) 90 minute run time This adaptation by Landford Wilson of Tennessee Williams' story is about the plight of immigrant farm workers whose only crime was being born poor.  It has a stellar cast including Cloris Leachman, Sissy Spacek, Ron Howard and Cindy Williams.  They are a simple family, a family that worked hard, loved each other and hoped that their hard work would produce a better life for them.  And in the eyes of the son lay…

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THE COST $10.00

Happy Hour with the Historian | The Eighth Wonder of the World: Building the Overseas Railway

12-March 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. 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 Eighth Wonder…

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THE COST $5.00

Curator Tour of the Tennessee Williams Museum | The Rose Tattoo

13-March from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Tennessee Williams Museum, 513 Truman Avenue
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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KWAHS is offering a Curator-led tour of the Tennessee Williams Museum. KWAHS is offering a Curator-led tour of the Tennessee Williams Museum. Led by Curator, Dennis Beaver, the tour features a detailed look into the filming of The Rose Tattoo in Key West. The tour furnishes visitors a chance to learn more about the objects on display in the museum, and how they relate to Williams. Reservations (maximum 25 people per tour) are required. KWAHS is offering a Curator-led tour…

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Tennessee Williams Classic Film Series | The Rose Tattoo

16-March from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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The Rose Tattoo (1955) 116 minute run time This film was adapted from the Tennessee Williams' Tony Award winning Broadway play of the same name.  It stars Burt Lancaster and Anna Magnani, who won an Oscar for her performance.  Its local Key West premiere was held at the San Carlos Institute in 1956.  Most of the filming was done in a Key West house next to the home that Tennessee Williams owned for thirty-four years.  The film provides a unique…

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THE COST $5.00

Curator Tour of the Tennessee Williams Museum

20-March from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Tennessee Williams Museum, 513 Truman Avenue
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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KWAHS is offering a Curator-led tour of the Tennessee Williams Museum.  Led by Curator, Dennis Beaver, the tour features a detailed look into Tennessee Williams’ life in Key West.  The tour furnishes visitors a chance to learn more about the objects on display in the museum, and how they relate to Williams. Reservations (maximum 25 people per tour) are required. KWAHS is offering a Curator-led tour of the Tennessee Williams Museum. Led by Curator, Dennis Beaver, the tour features a…

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Tennessee Williams Classic Film Series | This Property is Condemned

23-March from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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This Property is Condemned (1955) 110 minute run time This dramatic film was adapted from the 1946 one-act play of the same name by Tennessee Williams.  It stars Natalie Wood, nominated for a Golden Globe, Robert Redford and Charles Bronson.  Wood plays a pretty town flirt who finds herself stuck in a small Mississippi town and very much attracted to the handsome stranger played by Redford.  He works for the railroad which provided much of the economic base for the…

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Tennessee Williams Birthday Party

26-March from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Tennessee Williams Museum, 513 Truman Avenue
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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TENNESSEE WILLIAMS BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION March 26, 2020 | 5:30pm-7:00pm Tennessee Williams Museum 513 Truman Avenue Contest Award Presentations Prosecco and Birthday Cake $10 Donation

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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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May 2020

Trip to Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York City

13-May to 16-May from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cooper Hewitt Museum, 2 East 91st Street
New York City, 10128 United States
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The Key West Art & Historical Society is pleased to announce an organized trip to New York City for the opening of an exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt Museum entitled, 'Suzie Zuzek for Lilly Pulitzer: The Prints that Made the Fashion Brand'. Suzie 'Zuzek' dePoo was the designer for Key West Hand Print Fabrics for many years and we want to bring a group of Keys residents to museum to celebrate her achievements. Dates are May 13-16, 2020 (Wednesday-Saturday) Package…

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