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March 2021

VIRTUAL Happy Hour with the Historian | The Wrecking Industry

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

The Key West Art & Historical Society is excited to offer a series of VIRTUAL fun historical lectures entitled ‘Happy Hour with the Historian’. Historian: Cori Convertito Ph.D. Topic: The Wrecking Industry Ships began wrecking along the Florida Reef almost as soon as Europeans reached the New World.  The majority of sailing ships returning to Europe caught the Gulf Stream, which meant they passed close to the Florida Keys and their surrounding shallow waters.  The shallow waters were treacherous to…

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May 2021

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

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

The Key West Art & Historical Society is excited to offer a series of VIRTUAL fun historical lectures entitled ‘Happy Hour with the Historian’. 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. Of the 13,000 people who inhabited the town, 80% were on relief rolls and the City was deeply in debt. Once-flourishing sponge and cigar industries had long since…

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June 2021

VIRTUAL Happy Hour with the Historian | The Curator’s Job

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

The Key West Art & Historical Society is excited to offer a series of VIRTUAL fun historical lectures entitled ‘Happy Hour with the Historian’. Historian: Cori Convertito Ph.D. Topic: The Curator's Job Have you ever wondered what the roles and responsibilities of the curator of the Key West Art & Historical Society are?  Our Curator, Cori Convertito, oversees KWAHS's vast collections, such as artwork and historical items, and conducts public service activities for an institution.  Many objects and documents are…

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VIRTUAL Happy Hour with the Historian | Henry Flagler, Florida Visionary

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

The Key West Art & Historical Society is excited to offer a series of VIRTUAL fun historical lectures entitled ‘Happy Hour with the Historian’. Historian: Cori Convertito Ph.D. Topic: Henry Flagler, Florida Visionary Henry Morrison Flagler is best known for his development of Florida’s east coast. He was responsible for building the Florida East Coast Railway from Daytona to Key West. Flagler made a significant contribution to Florida’s economy through tourism and agriculture. Early in his life, Flagler enjoyed some…

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September 2021

VIRTUAL Happy Hour with the Historian | Key West’s Industries

15-September from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Custom House Museum, 281 FRONT ST
KEY WEST, FL 33040-8313 United States
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The Key West Art & Historical Society is excited to offer a series of VIRTUAL fun historical lectures entitled ‘Happy Hour with the Historian’. REGISTER FOR WEBINAR   Historian: Cori Convertito Ph.D. Topic: Key West's Industries Despite Key West’s relatively young age, the island has enjoyed several unique industrial endeavors. Even before Florida’s establishment as a U.S. territory in 1821, many of Key West’s residents were actively involved in various trades including wrecking and salvaging. This commerce helped the island…

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VIRTUAL Happy Hour with the Historian | A History of the Custom House

29-September from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Custom House Museum, 281 FRONT ST
KEY WEST, FL 33040-8313 United States
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The Key West Art & Historical Society is excited to offer a series of VIRTUAL fun historical lectures entitled ‘Happy Hour with the Historian’. Historian: Cori Convertito Ph.D. Topic: A History of the Custom House Whether by land, sea, or air, it’s hard to miss the ornate, four-story Custom House Museum that stands sentinel over the island—just about everyone who lives in or visits Key West can reference the red brick building located at the foot of Front Street. What…

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October 2021

VIRTUAL Happy Hour with the Historian | John James Audubon in Florida

13-October from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Custom House Museum, 281 FRONT ST
KEY WEST, FL 33040-8313 United States
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The Key West Art & Historical Society is excited to offer a series of VIRTUAL fun historical lectures entitled ‘Happy Hour with the Historian’. Historian: Cori Convertito Ph.D. Topic: John James Audubon in Florida REGISTER In 1831, John James Audubon (1785-1851) arrived in Florida to collect water birds for the third volume of his great illustrated book, Birds of America.  After disembarking at St. Augustine on November 20, he traveled on foot and by pony over log roads and trails. …

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