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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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December 2019

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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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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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January 2020

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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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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

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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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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

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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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