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March 2021

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Littles at the Lighthouse

2-March from 10:00 AM to 10:30 PM
Key West Lighthouse, 938 Whitehead Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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Littles at the Lighthouse Tuesday, March 2nd, from 10:00 am – 10:30 am Our Littles at the Lighthouse program invites parents and children aged five years old and under to join us each week for story time on the lighthouse lawn. Each session will have an exciting new theme that will pair with our Parent & Me program at Fort East Martello Museum (which is tentatively scheduled to resume in March). Space is limited to 15 people, so please register below to secure your spot. Parents should bring a large blanket or towel to sit on during the story time session. All…

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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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Littles at the Lighthouse

9-March from 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Key West Lighthouse, 938 Whitehead Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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Littles at the Lighthouse Tuesday, March 9th, from 10:00 am – 10:30 am Our Littles at the Lighthouse program invites parents and children aged five years old and under to join us each week for story time on the lighthouse lawn. Each session will have an exciting new theme that will pair with our Parent & Me program at Fort East Martello Museum (which is tentatively scheduled to resume in April). Space is limited to 15 people, so please register below to secure your spot. Parents should bring a large blanket or towel to sit on during the story time session. All adults and…

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Littles at the Lighthouse

16-March from 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Key West Lighthouse, 938 Whitehead Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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Littles at the Lighthouse Tuesday, March 16th, from 10:00 am – 10:30 am Our Littles at the Lighthouse program invites parents and children aged five years old and under to join us each week for story time on the lighthouse lawn. Each session will have an exciting new theme that will pair with our Parent & Me program at Fort East Martello Museum (which is tentatively scheduled to resume in April). Space is limited to 15 people, so please register below to secure your spot. Parents should bring a large blanket or towel to sit on during the story time session. All adults and children…

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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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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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Littles at the Lighthouse

30-March from 10:00 AM to 10:30 PM
Key West Lighthouse, 938 Whitehead Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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Littles at the Lighthouse Tuesday, March 30th, from 10:00 am – 10:30 am Our Littles at the Lighthouse program invites parents and children aged five years old and under to join us each week for story time on the lighthouse lawn. Each session will have an exciting new theme that will pair with our Parent & Me program at Fort East Martello Museum (which is tentatively scheduled to resume in April). Space is limited to 15 people, so please register below to secure your spot. Parents should bring a large blanket or towel to sit on during the story time session. All adults and…

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Member-Only Breakfast

31-March from 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Key West Lighthouse, 938 Whitehead Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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As a Key West Art & Historical Society (KWAHS) member, you are cordially invited to our upcoming Member Breakfast! Please join me Wednesday, March 31st at 9:00 am at the Key West Lighthouse to enjoy a light breakfast and a brief presentation. Learn about your membership benefits, our mission, upcoming programs and all KWAHS has to offer. Feel free to climb the Lighthouse or tour the Keepers Quarters following the Breakfast presentation. I hope you can join us for this…

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April 2021

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Littles at the Lighthouse

6-April from 10:00 AM to 10:30 PM
Key West Lighthouse, 938 Whitehead Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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Littles at the Lighthouse Tuesday, April 6th, from 10:00 am – 10:30 am Our Littles at the Lighthouse program invites parents and children aged five years old and under to join us each week for story time on the lighthouse lawn. Each session will have an exciting new theme that will pair with our Parent & Me program at Fort East Martello Museum (which is tentatively scheduled to resume in May). Space is limited to 15 people, so please register…

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Tour of Tours: Historic Cigar Experience

6-April from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Custom House Museum, 281 FRONT ST
KEY WEST, FL 33040-8313 United States
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Tour of Tours: Historic Cigar Experience Tuesday, April 6th, from 10 am to 12:30 pm (Rescheduled from March 30th) Our new “Tour of Tours” for members is as exciting as it is exceptional. This hands-on tour features the oldest cigar factory currently operating in the Florida Keys as well as a visit to the iconic Custom House before and after. Join us at the Custom House Museum, for a quick study of the industries that defined our local economy, followed…

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Under Construction | A.V. Rabenau Photograph Exhibit Opening

30-April from 5:00 PM to 7:00 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 pleased to announce the opening of “Under Construction | Glass Plate Negatives of A.V. Rabenau,” an exhibition showcasing turn-of-the-century photographs in the Bumpus Gallery at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street. One of the newest and most valuable collections belonging to the Key West Art & Historical Society is a series of over 50 early 20th-century glass plate negatives taken by photographer A.V. Rabenau. Little is known of Rabenau, but his…

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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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Illustrating from Paradise: The Works of Morgan Dennis and Gerald Leake Exhibit Opening

17-September from 5:00 PM to 7:00 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 pleased to announce the opening of “Illustrating from Paradise: The Works of Morgan Dennis and Gerald Leake” an exhibition showcasing two gifted commercial illustrators that called home in the Bryan Gallery at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street. The island has beckoned artists from all over the world – the flora and fauna are unrivaled and are the source of inspiration for many. But not every artist harnessed the natural beauty…

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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

A Mixed Up, Muddled Up, Shook Up World Exhibit Opening

8-October from 5:00 PM to 7:00 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 pleased to announce the opening of “A Mixed Up, Muddled Up, Shook Up World” an exhibition featuring Fantasy Fest image captured by Mark Hedden on display in the Bumpus Gallery at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street. Mark Hedden has been living in Key West for over 25 years and he still hasn’t figured out the city’s annual bacchanalia. A couple years ago he decided to start approaching the event through…

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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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Get to Know Fort East Martello (Members-only)

14-October from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Fort East Martello Museum, 3501 South Roosevelt Boulevard
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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Member-only Event: Get to Know Fort East Martello! October 14th from 5:00pm – 7:00pm @ Fort East Martello Please join the KWAHS staff at FEM and 'get to know' all the unique exhibits, our private educational classrooms, the Museum Store, the Fort itself and our newly renovated Parade Grounds. Located at 3501 S. Roosevelt Boulevard, this historic landmark was first opened to the public in the 1950s by the Key West Art & Historical Society and its’ dedicated volunteers.  Fort…

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VIRTUAL Happy Hour with the Historian | Key West Walking Tour

27-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: Key West Walking Tour Join Cori Convertito, Curator for the Key West Art & Historical Society, for a VIRTUAL walking tour focusing on a handful of Key West's iconic buildings. Historical preservation is alive and well in Key West. To celebrate our wonderful and unique architecture, this webinar will take attendees…

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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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Littles at the Lighthouse

16-November from 10:00 AM to 10:30 PM
Key West Lighthouse, 938 Whitehead Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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Littles at the Lighthouse Tuesday, November 16, 2021, from 10 am – 10:30 am Our Littles at the Lighthouse program invites parents and children aged five years old and under to join us each week for story time on the lighthouse lawn. Each session will have an exciting new theme that will pair with our Parent & Me program at Fort East Martello Museum. Space is limited to 15 people, so please arrive early to secure your spot. Parents should bring a large blanket or towel to sit on during the story time session. All adults and children over the age of five are…

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Littles at the Lighthouse

30-November from 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Key West Lighthouse, 938 Whitehead Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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Littles at the Lighthouse Tuesday, November 30, 2021, from 10 am – 10:30 am Our Littles at the Lighthouse program invites parents and children aged five years old and under to join us each week for story time on the lighthouse lawn. Each session will have an exciting new theme that will pair with our Parent & Me program at Fort East Martello Museum. Space is limited to 15 people, so please arrive early to secure your spot. Parents should bring a large blanket or towel to sit on during the story time session. All adults and children over the age of five are…

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December 2021

Coast is Clear Music & Art Festival

4-December from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Parade Grounds at Fort East Martello, 3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd.
Key West, 33040 United States
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COAST IS CLEAR MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL RETURNS IN DECEMBER Celebration Marking Close of Hurricane Season Features Lineup with Internationally Acclaimed Bands July 28, 2021 – (Key West, FL).  The stage is set for the fourth annual COAST Is Clear Music & Arts Festival to return to Key West, FL on the weekend of December 3-5, 2021. The locally organized event, orchestrated through a new collaboration between two island arts organizations, Key West Art & Historical Society (KWAHS) and Coast…

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5th Annual Holiday Concert & Bazaar

10-December from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Custom House Museum, 281 FRONT ST
KEY WEST, FL 33040-8313 United States
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5th Annual Holiday Concert & Bazaar Friday, December 10, 2021, from 5 pm to 9 pm Join the Key West Art & Historical Society for the 5th Annual Holiday Concert & Bazaar on Friday, December 10, from 5 pm to 9 pm.  The event is located on the sweeping historic porch and walkway around the entire Custom House Museum. The immensely popular celebration will feature some of the Key West’s finest artisans, musicians and choirs, food and libations, and a…

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Tour of Tours // Houses of History

14-December from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Custom House Museum, 281 FRONT ST
KEY WEST, FL 33040-8313 United States
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Tour of Tours // Houses of History (Members-Only)Tour of Tours // Houses of History (Members-Only)Tuesday, December 14, 2021 @ 9:15am – 11:45amOur Tour of Tours is back with a unique pair of historic museums for our members and their guests to enjoy.  Join Membership Coordinator, Kim Livingston on our Tour of Tours // Houses of History.  Just a short walk from the Custom House Museum, we’ll take you back in time with a unique guided tour of the Truman Little…

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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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January 2022

Tennessee Williams Poetry Contest

7-January to 13-March from 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM
Tennessee Williams Museum, 513 Truman Avenue
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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In commemorating Tennessee Williams’s 111th Birthday, the 2022 Birthday Celebration includes a poetry contest that is open to everyone.  There is no specific theme for the 2022 Poetry Competition; however, your poem must in some way reference Tennessee Williams.  Authors may choose to write a poem referencing Williams, his family, one of his characters, or one of the actors/actresses who played a role in his plays or films. Poetry Writing Contest Prizes: $200 First Place and publication on the Society’s…

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Tennessee Williams Short Story Contest

7-January to 13-March from 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM
Tennessee Williams Museum, 513 Truman Avenue
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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In commemorating Tennessee Williams’s 111th Birthday, the 2022 Birthday Celebration includes a short story contest that is open to everyone.  There is no specific theme for the 2022 Short Story Competition; however, your short story must in some way reference Tennessee Williams.  Authors may choose to write a story referencing Williams, his family, one of his characters, or one of the actors/actresses who played a role in his plays or films. Short Story Writing Contest Prizes: $200 First Place and…

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KWAHS Member Breakfast

19-January from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Custom House Museum, 281 FRONT ST
KEY WEST, FL 33040-8313 United States
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Member Breakfast on Wednesday, January 19th As a Key West Art & Historical Society (KWAHS) member, you are cordially invited to our upcoming Member Breakfast! Please join me Wednesday, January 19th at the Custom House on the veranda to enjoy a light breakfast and a brief presentation. Learn about your membership benefits, our mission, upcoming programs and all KWAHS has to offer. You may also join us for a docent-guided tour of the Custom House immediately following the presentation.  You’re not…

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Key West 200: Exhibit Opening

21-January from 5:00 PM to 8:00 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 pleased to announce the opening of “Key West 200” a major exhibition complementing the 200th anniversary of the first permanent settlement of Key West in 1822. on display in the Bryan and Bumpus Galleries at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street. Running January 21 through December 11, 2022, the exhibit will highlight Key West’s people, culture and community.  The exhibit will feature rarely displayed artifacts that tell the story of the…

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Key West Seaport Walking Tour

22-January from 11:00 AM to 12:30 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 hosting a historic walking tour of the Key West Bight lead by the curator, Cori Convertito.  During the tour, she will discuss the industrial and maritime heritage of the island, including the Mallory Steamship Company, the shrimp fleet, the U.S. Navy, sponging, turtling and more. Tour Highlights: Stroll along the Key West seaport where the U.S. Navy raised it flag and established its naval base in 1823, visit the Mallory Steamship Dock…

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February 2022

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KWAHS Member Breakfast

4-February from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Custom House Museum, 281 FRONT ST
KEY WEST, FL 33040-8313 United States
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KWAHS Member Breakfast on Friday, February 4 As a Key West Art & Historical Society (KWAHS) Member, you are cordially invited to our upcoming Member Breakfast! Please join me Friday, February 4th at the Custom House to enjoy a light breakfast and a brief presentation.  Learn about your membership benefits, the Society's mission, upcoming programs and all KWAHS has to offer. You may also join us for a docent-guided tour of the Custom House immediately following the presentation.  You’re not…

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Architectural Walking Tour

5-February from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Custom House Museum, 281 FRONT ST
KEY WEST, FL 33040-8313 United States
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Key West Architectural Walking Tour Celebrate Key West’s Bicentennial by joining our curator, Cori Convertito, for an architectural walking tour of Old Town. She will discuss historic landmarks in Old Town, architectural styles that make the island so unique, significant owners of note, several uses of homes and buildings since their construction. ​Tour will meet in front of the Key West Armory Building at 11:00 a.m and will finish at the Custom House at 12:30p.m. Please dress appropriately for an…

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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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KWAHS Member Breakfast

18-February from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Custom House Museum, 281 FRONT ST
KEY WEST, FL 33040-8313 United States
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KWAHS Member Breakfast on Friday, February 18 As a Key West Art & Historical Society (KWAHS) Member, you are cordially invited to our upcoming Member Breakfast! Please join me Friday, February 18th at the Custom House to enjoy a light breakfast and a brief presentation.  Learn about your membership benefits, the Society’s mission, upcoming programs and all KWAHS has to offer. You may also join us for a docent-guided tour of the Custom House immediately following the presentation.  You’re not…

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Architectural Walking Tour

26-February from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Custom House Museum, 281 FRONT ST
KEY WEST, FL 33040-8313 United States
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Celebrate Key West’s Bicentennial by joining our curator, Cori Convertito, for an architectural walking tour of Old Town. She will discuss historic landmarks in Old Town, architectural styles that make the island so unique, significant owners of note, several uses of homes and buildings since their construction. ​Tour will meet in front of the Key West Armory Building at 11:00 a.m and will finish at the Custom House at 12:30p.m. Please dress appropriately for an outdoor walk. We encourage hats…

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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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Tennessee Williams Film | The Night of the Iguana

7-March from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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The Night of the Iguana is a 1964 American drama film directed by John Huston, based on the 1961 play of the same name by Tennessee Williams.  It stars Richard Burton, Ava Gardner, Deborah Kerr and Sue Lyon. The film won the 1964 Academy Award for Best Costume Design, and was nominated for the Academy Awards for Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography. Actress Grayson Hall received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, and Cyril Delevanti received a…

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Historic Seaport Sail on Argo Navis with Dr. Corey Malcom

12-March from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Argo Navis Key West Sailing Charters, 0 Margaret Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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Two Hour Historic Harbor Tour with Corey Malcom on the S/V Argo Navis Sail into historic exploration with Key West Art & Historical Society and archaeologist Corey Malcom, Ph.D., aboard the luxury sailing catamaran Argo Navis On Saturday, March 12, noted archaeologist Corey Malcom, Ph.D., will lead a historically illuminating morning seafaring excursion presented by Key West Art & Historical Society aboard the luxury catamaran SV Argo Navis, departing from the dock at 0 Margaret Street at 10:00a.m. and returning…

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Yonder Mountain Along the Coast

13-March from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Fort East Martello Museum, 3501 South Roosevelt Boulevard
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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Join us on Sunday March 13th, when Yonder Mountain String Band returns to Key West for a good old-fashioned hootenanny at Fort East Martello in support of their latest album Get Yourself Outside. This show offers a VIP section with limited, preferred seating and GA lawn seating and is part of the COAST Is Clear Concert Series, a co-production of COAST Projects & Key West Art & Historical Society. Fireside Collective will open the show. Tickets: GA $20 / VIP…

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Two by Tennessee @ Waterfront Playhouse

13-March from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Waterfront Playhouse, 407 Wall Street
Key West, 33040 United States
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Two by Tennessee: This Property is Condemned and The Lady of Larkspur Lotion Waterfront Playhouse March 13, 2022 | 8pm The Waterfront Playhouse will feature This Property is Condemned, a Tennessee Williams play featuring Kelci Grooms and Ervin Tumm for one performance.  The double bill will also include Williams' lesser-known work The Lady of Larkspur Lotion featuring Barbara Mundy, Donna Stabile and Ross Pipkin. This Property is Condemned is a 1946 play written by Tennessee Williams.  The Depression-era story takes…

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Tennessee Williams Film | Baby Doll

14-March from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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Baby Doll is a 1956 American dramatic black comedy film directed by Elia Kazan, and starring Carroll Baker, Karl Malden, and Eli Wallach. It was produced by Kazan and Tennessee Williams, and adapted by Williams from his own one-act play 27 Wagons Full of Cotton (1955). The plot focuses on a feud between two rival cotton gin owners in rural Mississippi; after one of the men commits arson against the other's gin, the owner retaliates by attempting to seduce the…

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Curator Tour of the Tennessee Williams Museum | The Rose Tattoo

17-March from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Tennessee Williams Museum, 513 Truman Avenue
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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KWAHS is offering a Curator-led tour of the Tennessee Williams Museum as part of the Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration. KWAHS is offering a Curator-led tour of the Tennessee Williams Museum led by Museum Curator, Dennis Beaver, the tour features a detailed look into the filming of The Rose Tattoo in Key West.  The tour furnishes visitors a chance to learn more about the objects on display in the museum, and how they relate to Williams, his play and filming on…

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Historic Seaport Sail on Argo Navis with Dr. Cori Convertito

19-March from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Argo Navis Key West Sailing Charters, 0 Margaret Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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Two Hour Historic Harbor Tour with Cori Convertito on the S/V Argo Navis talking about 'The History of the U.S. Navy in Key West' Sail into historic exploration with Key West Art & Historical Society and maritime historian Cori Convertito, Ph.D., aboard the luxury sailing catamaran Argo Navis On Saturday, March 19, noted historian Cori Convertito, Ph.D., will lead a historically illuminating morning seafaring excursion presented by Key West Art & Historical Society aboard the luxury catamaran SV Argo Navis,…

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Key West: 200 Years of History and Culture Documentary Screening

22-March from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Casa Marina Resort, 1500 Reynolds Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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KEY WEST: 200 YEARS OF HISTORY AND CULTURE A first ever documentary on the history of Key West Documentary Film by Michael J. Kirk Casa Marina Key West, 1500 Reynolds Street Doors at 7pm, screening begins at 7:30pm. A 90-minute documentary film exploring the rich and valuable history of Key West, Florida has been produced. Starting with the Native American inhabitants, the film moves through the many years of trials and tribulations as well as the successes that built this…

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Conch Revival Picnic

23-March from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Key West Lighthouse, 938 Whitehead Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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Fifth Annual Conch Revival Picnic at Key West Lighthouse & Keeper’s Quarters Key West Art & Historical Society and Great Events Catering team up to present the fifth annual Conch Revival Picnic, an informal Conch heritage dinner prepared by acclaimed chefs Martha Hubbard and Dave Furman featuring a variety of classic Key West/Conch recipes. Hubbard and Furman will present a feast starting with passed hors d’ oeuvres followed by a buffet and dessert.Diners can enjoy their picnic feast with live…

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Curator Tour of the Tennessee Williams Museum

26-March from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Tennessee Williams Museum, 513 Truman Avenue
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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KWAHS is offering a Curator-led tour of the Tennessee Williams Museum. KWAHS is offering a Curator-led tour of the Tennessee Williams Museum on Tennessee Williams' 111th Birthday!  Led by Curator, Dennis Beaver, the tour features a detailed look into Tennessee Williams’ life in Key West.  The tour furnishes visitors a chance to learn more about the objects on display in the museum, and how they relate to Williams and his more than 30 years on the island. Reservations (maximum 25…

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The Poetry and Prose of Tennessee Williams – An Evening with Fringe Theater

31-March from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Tennessee Williams Museum, 513 Truman Avenue
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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The Poetry and Prose of Tennessee Williams - An Evening with Fringe Theater The Poetry and Prose of Tennessee Williams is a collection of provocative poems and excerpts from short stories and plays read by local poets and writers.  Readers include Diane May & Keith Dempster, Kitty Clements, MaryCarlin Porter, Sarah Goodwin, Mia Shawn, Mark Watson, Judy Leggett,Don Bartolone, Caroline Taylor, Peggy Guidotti and Vicki Boguszeweski.

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April 2022

Tennessee Williams Birthday Party & Fundraiser

1-April from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Tennessee Williams Museum, 513 Truman Avenue
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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Tennessee Williams turns 111 this March! Join us at the Tennessee Williams Museum (513 Truman Avenue) for champagne and cake on April 1 (a bit belated, but better late than never).  First and second place winners of the short story and poetry contests will also be revealed at the party and the poetry winners will read their poems and the short story winners will read selected pages from their manuscript. The annual fundraising and birthday celebration kickoff party given by Curator…

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KWAHS Member Party at the Lighthouse

8-April from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Key West Lighthouse, 938 Whitehead Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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Member Party At the Lighthouse!  Friday, April 8 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Let’s celebrate your KWAHS membership at the Key West Lighthouse & Keeper's Quarters with a sunset happy hour on Friday, April 8, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Join us for live music with the Sam Carlson Duo and complimentary refreshments at one of the most beautiful settings in Key West.  Located at 938 Whitehead Street, this historic landmark was first…

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VIRTUAL Happy Hour with the Historian | Yellow Fever in Key West

13-April 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: Yellow Fever in Key West Join Cori Convertito, Curator for the Key West Art & Historical Society, for a virtual talk focusing on yellow fever in Key West. This talk will explore the effects of yellow fever in the early days of Key West and the Florida Keys. Using many first…

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Key West: 200 Years of History and Culture Documentary FREE Screening

15-April from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Parade Grounds at Fort East Martello, 3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd.
Key West, 33040 United States
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KEY WEST: 200 YEARS OF HISTORY AND CULTURE A first ever documentary on the history of Key West Key West: 200 Years of History and Culture Documentary Film by Michael J. Kirk Parade Grounds @ Fort East Martello, 3501 South Roosevelt Doors at 7pm, Nick Norman at 7:30pm, Documentary Screening begins at 8:00pm Key West Art & Historical Society, filmmaker Michael J. Kirk and Tropic Cinema will be hosting a picnic-style free screening of the first ever documentary on the…

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Hemingway Twilight Walking Tour

23-April from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Custom House Museum, 281 FRONT ST
KEY WEST, FL 33040-8313 United States
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Hemingway Twilight Walking tour Saturday, April 23, 2022, from 6:00 p.m. to Sunset The mother/daughter research team of Dr. Ashley Oliphant and Beth Yarbrough will lead this hilarious walking tour of the Old Town sites where Hemingway lived, wrote and drank. Yarbrough, a well-known artist and expert in southern American architecture, and Oliphant, a recently retired Professor of English, a longtime member of the Hemingway Society, and author of two books about the author’s life, will share the best Hemingway stories Key West has to offer. Come walk the very steps…

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May 2022

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4-May from 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM
Argo Navis, 0 Margaret St (C Dock)
Key West, Fl 33040 United States
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4-May from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Argo Navis, 0 Margaret St (C Dock)
Key West, Fl 33040 United States
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Virtual Happy Hour with the Historian | Key West’s Cigar Industry

4-May 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: 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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Non-Profit Bingo Night!

16-May from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The Green Parrot Bar, 601 Whitehead Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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Join us for NON-PROFIT BINGO NIGHT at The Green Parrot. Bingo cards are only $1 each and there are great prizes to be won.  Select rounds will offer bottles of wine, gift certificates and goodies from Bad Boy Burrito, Hog's Breath Saloon, The Boat House at Turtle Kraals, Off the Hook Grill, Pepe's, Keys Coffee Company, Kilwins and a bottle of Stoli vodka donated by The Green Parrot, and more! Money raised supports the exhibits department.

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