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March 2021

VIRTUAL Distinguished Speaker Series | The Legacy of Franklin Roosevelt’s WPA in Florida by David Schmidt

4-March from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

VIRTUAL Distinguished Speaker Series | The Legacy of Franklin Roosevelt’s WPA in Florida by David Schmidt Thursday, March 4, 2021, from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was one of FDR’s most wide-ranging, yet controversial programs. Many saw it as a “make work’ program that did not accomplish its goals—the acronym was derided as “We Piddle Around.” The evidence indicates that the program was far more successful and, even today, Floridians enjoy the buildings and constructions…

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VIRTUAL Distinguished Speaker Series | Presidents in Florida by James Clark

18-March from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

VIRTUAL Distinguished Speaker Series | Presidents in Florida by James Clark Thursday, March 18, 2021, from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm George Washington had nothing but trouble with Florida. Thomas Jefferson tried to steal it. Abraham Lincoln hoped it would win him re-election. Three men came to Florida to fight and ended up in the White House. Franklin Roosevelt was nearly assassinated before he could be inaugurated and quick thinking by a Secret Service agent saved John Kennedy’s life in…

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November 2021

HYBRID DSS | Key West’s Black History: Shaping an Island

8-November from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Key West Library, 700 Fleming Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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Distinguished Speaker Series | Key West's Black History: Shaping an Island with Cori Convertito Monday, November 8, 2021, from 6 pm to 7 pm at the Key West Library This is a HYBRID lecture.  Attendees can participate in person (maximum of 40 people on a first come, first served basis) OR livestream of the event via ClickMeeting by registering below. REGISTER FOR VIRTUAL ATTENDANCE The Key West Art and Historical Society, in partnership with Monroe County Public Libraries, is building…

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VIRTUAL DSS | Seeking the American Tropics: South Florida’s Early Naturalists by James A. Kushlan

11-November from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

VIRTUAL Distinguished Speaker Series | Seeking the American Tropics: South Florida’s Early Naturalists by James A. Kushlan Thursday, November 11, 2021, from 4 pm to 5 pm REGISTER Dr. James A. Kushlan's book, Seeking the American Tropics: South Florida’s Early Naturalists reveals the stories of explorers, pioneers, naturalists, and scientists who over centuries unveiled the tropical environment of South Florida. During this talk, Dr. Kushlan examines these scientific contributions critically, places them in a historical context, illustrates how exploration has…

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December 2021

VIRTUAL DSS | Disease and Its Impact on Key West History by Fred Borch

16-December from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

VIRTUAL Distinguished Speaker Series | Disease and Its Impact on Key West History by Fred Borch Thursday, December 16, 2021, from 4 pm to 5 pm REGISTER for Virtual Event As Key West grew in population in the early to mid-1800s, a number of incurable diseases were a constant threat to the city. Historian Fred Borch talks about how cholera, smallpox, tuberculosis, yellow fever, and other diseases arrived in Key West and how the city was affected. He will also talk…

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February 2022

Speaker Series | Stories from the Front Porch with Wayne Garcia

17-February from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Old City Hall, 510 Greene Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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Distinguished Speaker Series | Stories from the Front Porch with Wayne Garcia Join us for an evening of 'Stories from the Front Porch' with Key West native and folk artist Wayne Garcia. He will delight the audience with Key West tales of family and frequent visitors his family's house at 820 Simonton Street. His stories will be accompanied by his colorful wood carvings and vintage photographs depicting Key West's incredible past. ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Wayne Garcia is a 3rd generation…

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March 2022

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In-Person Distinguished Speaker Series | José Martí: A Revolutionary Life by Dr. Alfred López

3-March from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
San Carlos Theater, 516 Duval Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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DSS | José Martí: A Revolutionary Life by Dr. Alfred López Thursday, March 3, 2022, from 6 pm – 7 pm, at the San Carlos Institute José Martí was the founding hero of Cuban independence. In all of modern Latin American history, arguably only the “Great Liberator” Simón Bolívar rivals Martí in stature and legacy. Beyond his accomplishments as a revolutionary and political thinker, Martí was a giant of Latin American letters, whose poetry, essays, and journalism still rank among…

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June 2022

VIRTUAL Distinguished Speaker Series | Conservation and Compromise, Dry Tortugas

9-June from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

VIRTUAL DSS | Conservation and Compromise, Dry Tortugas Thursday, June 9, 2022, from 4 pm - 5 pm EST CLICK HERE TO REGISTER Alice Leese, a painter and professional artist, is also a working rancher on her family ranch. In her presentation, she will discuss the many ways her creative practice integrates the ecological stewardship of delicate environments such as Dry Tortugas and her home ranch country in Texas. Says Leese: “After arriving and seeing the National Park Service at…

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