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June 2019

Brian Magrane l Merchant Ship of 1622 Fleet

27-June from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Old City Hall, 510 Greene 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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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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Summer Film Series | Never-Ending Man Hayao Miyazaki

30-July from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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Tickets Available at Tropic Cinema Box Office or online via https://www.tropiccinema.com/event/kwahs-presents-never-ending-man-hayao-miyazaki/ The Academy Award-winning director of “Spirited Away,” “Princess Mononoke,” and “My Neighbor Totoro” goes on a new adventure in this behind-the-scenes documentary with a 100% Rotten Tomatoes score. In 2013, director and animator Hayao Miyazaki suddenly announced his retirement at the age of 72. But he can’t shake his burning desire to create. After meeting a group of young animators who specialize in computer graphics, he decides to make a…

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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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Summer Film Series | Walking On Water

13-August from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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Tickets available at Tropic Cinema Box Office or online via https://www.tropiccinema.com/event/kwahs-presents-walking-on-water/ Ten years after the passing of his wife and creative partner, Jeanne-Claude, the famed large-scale installation artist Christo sets out to realize “The Floating Piers,” a project they conceived together many years before. Boasting uncensored access to the artist and his team, “Walking on Water” is an unprecedented look at Christo’s process, from the inception through to the completion of the piece, a dahlia-yellow walkway atop Italy’s Lake Iseo that…

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Summer Film Series | Chico & Rita – Cancelled

27-August from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Cancelled. Cuba, 1948. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. In the animated wonder “Chico & Rita,” music and desire unite them as they chase their dreams — and each other — from Havana to New York to Paris, Hollywood and Las Vegas. With an original soundtrack by legendary Cuban pianist and five-time Grammy-winning composer Bebo Valdés, “Chico & Rita” captures a defining moment in the evolution of history…

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September 2019

Summer Film Series | Kevin Roche – The Quiet Architect

10-September from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina, 245 Front Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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“Kevin Roche: The Quiet Architect” is a feature documentary tracing the key architectural questions running through the 70-year career of Pritzker Prize-winning Irish-American architect Kevin Roche — including the relationship between architects and the public they serve. Still working at age 94, Kevin Roche is an enigma: a man with no interest in fame who refuses retirement and continually looks to the future regardless of age. Roche’s architectural philosophy is that “the responsibility of the modern architect is to create…

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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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Distinguished Speaker Series | Willie Drye : Storm of the Century: Labor Day Hurricane of 1935

26-September from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina, 245 Front Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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Author and National Geographic News Contributing Editor Willie Drye unraveled the fascinating story of the most powerful hurricane in U.S. history in his highly praised book, Storm of the Century: The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935. The work of narrative non-fiction, which reads like a novel, has been hailed as the definitive account of this event. Drye's riveting yet meticulously accurate portrayal of the horrific power of this long-ago monster storm also was praised by some of the nation's most…

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October 2019

Happy Hour with the Historian | The Civil War in Key West

9-October 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 Civil War in Key West This month’s lecture with explore the Key West’s historical significance in the context of the American Civil…

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Historic Sail | Corey Malcom, PhD| The History of the Key West Bight

19-October from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Key West Bight, 201 William Street
Key West, FL United States
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October 19, 2019 – (Key West, FL).  Sail into historic exploration with Key West Art & Historical Society and archaeologist Corey Malcom, Ph.D. What better way to learn about the historic significance of the Key West Bight than taking a morning sail through the Key West Harbor and beyond. Enjoy mimosas, fresh fruit, delicious breakfast pastries and create your own Bloody Mary aboard the classy and comfortable 75 ft. Argo Navis catamaran. The History of Key West Bight and Harbor…

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November 2019

Distinguished Speaker Series | Jeff Stotts: Mid 19th Century Key West African American community

7-November 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 | 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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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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December 2019

Happy Hour with the Historian | The History of Florida Keys Tourism

11-December 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 History of Florida Keys Tourism As America became more interconnected via railroads in the late 19th century and cars in the early…

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Distinguished Speaker Series | Fred Borch: Key West in WWII

19-December from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Old City Hall, 510 Greene 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
Old City Hall, 510 Greene 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

Free Curator Tour of Tennessee Williams Museum

5-January from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Tennessee Williams Museum, 513 Truman Avenue
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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As an extra perk for locals, the Tennessee Williams Museum, under the auspices of the Key West Art and Historical Society, is providing a free curator led tour for locals on the first Sunday in January. The tour will take place on January 5 at 2:00 p.m. at 513 Truman Avenue and will be led by Curator Dennis Beaver. The focus of the tour will be on the January 19, 1956, San Carlos Institute premiere of Williams’ classic film “The…

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Happy Hour with the Historian | The Women Who Shaped Key West

8-January 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 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 Women who…

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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
Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina, 245 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
Old City Hall, 510 Greene Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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Join us on January 23rd, for a fascinating talk by Robert J. Wolz 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

Free Curator Tour of Tennessee Williams Museum

2-February from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Tennessee Williams Museum, 513 Truman Avenue
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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As part of the Key West Art and Historical Society’s free museum entry for locals on first Sundays of the month program, the curator of the Tennessee Williams Museum, Dennis Beaver, is adding the perk of a free tour to locals. The tour will take place on Sunday, February 2 at 2 p.m. at the museum located at 513 Truman Avenue. The focus of the tour will be on the controversial death of Tennessee Williams. He died February 25, 1983…

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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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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
Custom House Museum, 281 FRONT ST
KEY WEST, FL 33040-8313 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 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM 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,…

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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
Old City Hall, 510 Greene 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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Distinguished Speaker Series | Tennessee Williams in Key West

27-February from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Key West Old City Hall, 510 Greene Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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Dennis Beaver is curator of the Tennessee Williams Museum.  He has been a resident of Key West since 1979 and has always been fascinated with the history of Key West and the legendary people who have called it home. Amongst those people was the Pulitzer Prize-winning Tennessee Williams, author of such plays as The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, as well as several other dramatic masterpieces. Beaver says that while he did…

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