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April 2019

Jeff Stotts l The life and times of Key West’s Sandy and Lillah Cornish

25-April from 18:00 to 19:00
The Custom House, 281 Front Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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An iconic figure in Key West history; The life and times of Sandy and Lillah Cornish About the presentation:  A resident of Key West from early Florida statehood to Reconstruction. Lived in slavery for decades in the East and arose to prominence in the deepest south. An early key West icon whose commanding presence was known by generals, a Secretary, Chief Justice of the US and the President. This program is sponsored by the Helmerich Trust and Southernmost Beach Resort…

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May 2019

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Molly Ross | Spectacle in the Street: Art of the Parade

3-May from 18:00 to 19:00
The Custom House, 281 Front Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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About the presentation: Parades draw people together and transform collective spaces. In this lecture, you will be inspired by traditions and histories of parading from around the world considering how the bold graphic qualities and simple choreography of bodies in costumes can strengthen a sense of community identity through shared cultural experience. About the speaker: Molly Ross is an artist and academic working in the field of cultural performance including puppetry and parades. The work ranges in scale from quiet…

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Alex Vega l Fires that Forged Key West

9-May from 18:00 to 19:00
The Custom House, 281 Front Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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Alex Vega is the Executive Director of the Key West Firehouse Museum, which is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and interpretation and exhibition of artifacts about fire fighting in Key West. Participants will learn about the fires that forged Key West, including the Great Fire of 1886. This program is sponsored by the Helmerich Trust and Southernmost Beach Resort Image: An 1884 drawing of Key West with the Great Fire of 1886 outlined. Monroe County Library Collection.

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Bob Bernreuter l A History of the Basilica St. Mary Star of the Sea

23-May from 18:00 to 19:00
The Custom House, 281 Front Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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About the presentation: We will explore how small seeds of faith planted by 16th century missionaries on a small island in a new world were nurtured into a parish, survived the storms of nature and war, and ultimately would earn the attention of Rome and be honored with the distinguished title of a Minor Basilica. About the presenter: A sixth generation “Conch”, Bob grew up in Key West during the fifties and sixties.  He graduated from Key West High in…

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June 2019

Chip Kasper & Sandy Delgado l The 1919 Hurricane and its impacts in Key West

6-June from 18:00 to 19:00
The Custom House, 281 Front Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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Chip Kasper & Sandy Delgado l The 1919 Hurricane and its impacts in Key West About the presentation: The 1919 Hurricane was the fourth in a series of deadly hurricanes affecting the Florida Keys during the early 20th Century. The 1919 hurricane, which led to the sinking of the passenger ship Valbanera, resulted in perhaps the worst maritime disaster in the history of the Florida Keys. The hurricane also inspired Sister Louis Gabriel to design and build the Our Lady…

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Brian Magrane l Merchant Ship of 1622 Fleet

27-June from 18:00 to 19:00
The Custom House, 281 Front Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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About the presentation: Dr. Brian Magrane will take the audience back in time to 1622 when the Spanish ruled Florida waters. He will tell the story of the Atocha’s lesser known sister ship, the Buen Jesus y Nuestra Senora del Rosario. Learn about life onboard a small Spanish merchant ship and what was found on the wreck site. Brian will discuss the coins and treasures recovered and how the Atocha and Rosario differed.  About the presenter: Dr. Brian Magrane is…

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