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July 2019

Happy Hour with the Historian | Custom Made: A History of the Custom House

10-July 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: Custom Made: A History of the Custom House Whether by land, sea, or air, it’s hard to miss the ornate, four-story Custom House…

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August 2019

Happy Hour with the Historian | The Key West Lighthouse

7-August 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 Key West Lighthouse CELEBRATE NATIONAL LIGHTHOUSE DAY by joining us for Happy Hour with the Historian when Dr. Convertito will discuss the…

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September 2019

Happy Hour with the Historian | Following the Fish: Hemingway in Key West

11-September 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: Following the Fish: Hemingway in Key West Ernest Hemingway, who lived and wrote in Key West throughout the 1930s, immersed himself in Florida…

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November 2019

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

13-November 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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February 2020

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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July 2020

VIRTUAL Happy Hour with the Historian | The Sketches of Mario Sanchez

29-July from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

REGISTER FOR WEBINAR Historian: Cori Convertito Ph.D. Topic: The Sketches of Mario Sanchez In 1961, Key West Art & Historical Society presented the first public showing of Mario Sanchez’s art at Fort East Martello Museum.  Today, the Society continues it commitment to share the celebrated Cuban-American folk artist’s artwork.  This talk highlights Sanchez's sketches done on brown paper bags, a process he used to guide the layout of his famed bas-relief woodcarvings. Much like sculptors employ maquettes, Sanchez used his…

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August 2020

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

26-August from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

REGISTER FOR WEBINAR Historian: Cori Convertito Ph.D. Topic: Custom Made, 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 might not be so obvious is the history it holds – from the exhibits within, to the gallery walls…

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September 2020

VIRTUAL Happy Hour with the Historian | Tennessee Williams in Key West

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

REGISTER FOR WEBINAR   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: Tennessee Williams in Key West Tennessee Williams was one of the most admired playwrights of the 20th century. While he wrote fiction and motion picture screenplays, Williams is most widely known for his plays, which are chiefly set in the South. Several of his plays including, A…

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VIRTUAL Happy Hour with the Historian | The Streets of Key West

23-September 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 Streets of Key West We walk or ride our bikes down Simonton, Southard, Whitehead, and Fleming street without giving much thought to the streets' namesakes or the history belonging to each. This lecture will take attendees on a tour of the island's streets, learning a bit about the people the…

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October 2020

VIRTUAL Happy Hour with the Historian | Sinking of the U.S.S. MAINE

7-October 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 Sinking of the U.S.S. Maine On September 17, 1895 the battleship U.S.S. Maine was commissioned into the U.S. Navy. Her introduction to the U.S. Navy came at a crucial time. Cuba was embroiled in a revolution against the Spanish government attempting to gain its independence. With tensions heating up in…

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VIRTUAL Happy Hour with the Historian | Key West’s Cigar Industry

21-October 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: Key West's Cigar Industry The early 19th century witnessed the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, a time of dramatic economic change when small cottage industries were replaced with large-scale factory production. On the heels of the Industrial Revolution, Cuba’s cigar making industry blossomed. Small tobacco farms were consolidated into large plantations…

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November 2020

VIRTUAL Happy Hour with the Historian | Building the Overseas Railway

11-November 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 Eighth Wonder of the World - Building the Overseas Railway They said it couldn’t be done. They called it ‘Flagler’s Folly’. Construction of the Overseas Railway was one of the largest engineering feats the world has ever seen, and it was accomplished by Henry Flagler in 1912. It connected Key…

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VIRTUAL Happy Hour with the Historian | Presidential Visits to the Florida Keys

25-November 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: Presidential Visits to the Florida Keys The Florida Keys are no stranger to U.S. Presidential visits.  Beginning with Ulysses S. Grant in 1880 all the way through Donald J. Trump in 2018, several Presidents have visited the Florida Keys for business and for pleasure.  This talk will explore the Presidents who…

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December 2020

VIRTUAL Happy Hour with the Historian | History of the Key West Lighthouse

9-December 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: History of the Key West Lighthouse Almost immediately after the U.S. Navy established a base in Key West in 1823, the need for a lighthouse became evident. Erecting a lighthouse was essential in assuring the safe arrival of both military and commercial vessels navigating the shallow, reef-laden waters off the Florida…

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