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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

Key Lime Festival Key Lime Pie Drop

6-July from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Key West Lighthouse, 938 Whitehead Atreet
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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 The Key West Art & Historical Society will once again host the 2019 Key Lime Festival's Key Lime Pie Drop. Come to the Key West Lighthouse to see Key West's most creative minds attempt to outsmart gravity by finding a way to drop a Key Lime Pie from the top of the lighthouse to the ground... without damaging the pie.  Try dropping your own pie, or just enjoy the spectacle from the ground. A perfect day of food, fun and…

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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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Music at Martello | Donavon Frankenreiter The Record Player Tour Plus Special Guest Christina Holmes

27-July from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Fort East Martello Museum, 3501 South Roosevelt Boulevard
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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Saturday, July 27, 2019 Fort East Martello (Parade Grounds) w/ Special Guest Christina Holmes 3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd Ticket Pricing: Advanced General Admission: $25 At the Door General Admission: $30 VIP: $50 Doors: 6:00PM Show: 7:00PM All Ages/Children 12 and Under Free The Record Player Tour Video Clip Donavon Frankenreiter has been writing, recording and touring his music for 20 years. With over a dozen full-length record releases and hundreds of songs written, the traveling troubadour has become beacon for…

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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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Member Breakfast | August 30, 2019

30-August from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Old City Hall, 510 Greene 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 on Friday, August 30th at 10:00 am in the Helmerich Research & Learning Center at the Custom House Museum to enjoy breakfast and a brief presentation, followed by a docent-guided tour. Learn about your membership benefits, our mission, upcoming events, and all KWAHS has to offer. If you are a new member, you’re not going to want to…

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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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Member Breakfast | September 20, 2019

20-September from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Old City Hall, 510 Greene 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 on Friday, September 20th at 10:00 am in the Helmerich Research & Learning Center at the Custom House Museum to enjoy breakfast and a brief presentation, followed by a docent-guided tour. Learn about your membership benefits, our mission, upcoming events, and all KWAHS has to offer. If you are a new member, you’re not going to want to…

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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

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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Life Drawing Class

12-November to 26-May from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Fort East Martello Museum, 3501 South Roosevelt Boulevard
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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EVERY TUESDAY from November 12, 2019 thru May 26, 2019 11:00am-2:00pm  CLASSES FOR THE MONTH OF MAY HAVE BEEN CANCELLED The Key West Art and Historical society will be working with fine art instructor Annamarie Giordano to offer weekly life drawing classes every Tuesday, from 11:00AM-2:00PM, at Fort East Martello. These one-day, 3-hour sessions will give students of all experience levels the opportunity to draw from a live model using their choice of medium. Materials can be purchased in class…

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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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Member Breakfast

15-November from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Old City Hall, 510 Greene 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 Friday, November 15th at 10:00 am in the Helmerich Research & Learning Center at the Custom House Museum to enjoy breakfast and a brief presentation. Learn about your membership benefits, our mission, upcoming events and all KWAHS has to offer. You may also join us for a docent-guided tour of the Custom House immediately following the Breakfast presentation.…

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December 2019

Tennessee Williams Poetry Contest

3-December to 8-March from 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM

In celebrating Tennessee Williams' Birthday, we are once again hosting our annual poetry competition that is open to everyone.  The poem must reference ''The Women of Tennessee Williams", which can be interpreted in an amorphous way, in order to be considered.  Authors may choose to write a poem about one of Williams' characters, one of  the actresses who played a role in his plays or films, or a member of his family. All interested writers are invited to submit their…

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Tennessee Williams Short Story Contest

3-December to 8-March from 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM

In celebrating Tennessee Williams' Birthday, we are once again hosting our annual short story competition that is open to everyone. Your original story must reference ''The Women of Tennessee Williams", which can be interpreted in an amorphous way, in order to be considered. Authors may choose to write a story about one of Williams' characters, one of the actresses who played a role in one of his plays or films or a family member. All interested writers are invited to…

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Member Porch Party

6-December from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Old City Hall, 510 Greene Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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We Appreciate you! Come get your party on with one of Key West’s oldest cultural institutions on one of the prettiest verandas in Key West. Key West Art & Historical Society members are invited to celebrate sunset and happy hour on Friday, December 6th  from 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm while enjoying complimentary libations and refreshments at the historic Custom House. If you are interested in attending, please register. For questions please email: klivingston@kwahs.org or call 305-295-6616 ext. 106.

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Perpetual Groove

12-December from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Music at Martello presents Perpetual Groove with special guests The Happy Dog Band Thursday, December 12, 2019 Fort East Martello 3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd. Tickets: $25 GA – on sale 9/17/2019 Children 12 and under free Perpetual Groove caught everyone by surprise in 2015 when they returned to the stage after a two-year hiatus. The band performed eight weekends that year, over multi-night runs, to sold-out shows in some of their favorite cities across the country, thus ringing in a…

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4th Annual Holiday Concert & Bazaar

18-December from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Old City Hall, 510 Greene Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER, THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED. Join Key West Art & Historical Society for the fourth annual Holiday Concert & Bazaar on Wednesday, December 18, from 5PM to 9PM, located on the sweeping historic porch and walkway of the Custom House Museum.  The immensely popular celebration will feature some of Key West’s finest artisans, musicians and choirs, food and libations, free entrance to the museum and its two stories of exhibits, and a dazzling holiday light show of magical vector projections…

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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

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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Conch Revival Picnic

21-January from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Key West Lighthouse, 938 Whitehead Atreet
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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Edible history continues with Conch Revival Picnic at Key West Lighthouse & Keeper’s Quarters Museum, 938 Whitehead Street. Key West Art & Historical Society, Isle Cook Key West and Great Events Catering are celebrating the new year with another Conch Revival Picnic— a heritage dinner featuring a cornucopia of classic Key West/Conch recipes— set for Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 6:00pm –8:00pm. Inspired by The Society’s board member, the late Dianne Zolotow, the Conch Revival Picnic tradition was launched in…

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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

Back in Time Fundraiser – Magical Custom House Mystery Tour

6-February from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
San Carlos Theater, 516 Duval Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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“Come Together” for the 4th annual Back in Time fundraiser on Thursday, February 6 from 6:00PM-10:00PM at the historic San Carlos Theater. “Come Together” for the 4th annual Back in Time fundraiser on Thursday, February 6 from 6:00PM-10:00PM at the historic San Carlos Theater. This year’s theme is the 1960s and is dubbed “The Magical Custom House Mystery Tour,” featuring a live performance by the renowned Beatles tribute band, Let It Be. Let It Be plays virtually every hit song,…

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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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Tennessee Williams Plein Air Painting Contest

22-February from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Tennessee Williams Museum, 513 Truman Avenue
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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On Saturday, February 22, artists are invited to participate in a plein air painting contest that celebrates the legacy of Key West's Tennessee Williams.  This year, the subject is the The Women of Tennessee Williams. Slightly different from previous years, artists will have a choice of three venues related to Serafina, Williams' strong female character from The Rose Tattoo, that was filmed on the island.  The three subjects are: The Rose Tattoo House at 1421 Duncan Street St. Paul's Church…

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Tennessee Williams Film series at Tropic Cinema included in Playwright’s month-long Birthday Celebration 

24-February from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

February 19, 2020 – Key West, FL.  Tennessee Williams Film series at Tropic Cinema included in Playwright’s month-long Birthday Celebration  Film buffs and Tennessee Williams fans will want to note four blockbuster films adapted from Tennessee Williams’ plays which will be presented in March at the Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton Street, as part of Key West Art & Historical Society’s ongoing Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration. Monday, March 2, 6:30pm – 8:00pm, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof:” This 1958 film was adapted from Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name and was directed by Richard Brooks.  It stars…

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March 2020

Distinguished Speaker Series | U-boats So Close to Home and The Finest Hours: The Coast Guard’s Greatest Rescue

5-March 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 | U-boats So Close to Home and The Finest Hours: The Coast Guard’s Greatest Rescue Thursday, March 5, 2020, from 6:00pm – 7:00pm New York Times bestselling author Michael Tougias will appear at the Custom House on Thursday, March 5, 2020, from 6:00pm-7:00pm. He will be giving a two part multi-media presentation. The first part covers his new book U-Boats so Close to Home: A True Story of an American Family’s Fight for Survival During WWII. The…

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Becoming a Woman // Short Stories by Tennessee Williams

10-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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Becoming a Woman // Short Stories by Tennessee Williams presented by Fringe Theater Key West Tennessee Williams had a way with women. He wrote them with sensuality, sexuality and a complexity that defied the convention of the day. He did not shy away from stains on sheets or sweat between thighs. His women could simmer from the inside or be destroyed from the outside. The women in these four short stories, are in various states of transition. Though their behaviors…

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Mason Jennings Live in Concert

27-March from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Fort East Martello Museum, 3501 South Roosevelt Boulevard
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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COAST and the Society Present Mason Jennings Live in Concert Friday, March 27 Fort East Martello Gates at 7:00PM; Concert from 7:00-11:00PM Early Bird Tickets/Members: $25 (Through January 31 // Limited to first 100) Advanced: $30 Week of/Gate: $40 About the artist: When Mason Jennings started writing songs for his new record, Songs From When We Met, he was in a setting he had never written in before. “I was living out at a farm for a month and walking…

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Talking Tennessee with Tandy Cronyn & Joel Vig

29-March from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton Street
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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The Tennessee Williams Museum continues to celebrate the playwright during its annual Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration The Tennessee Williams Museum continues to celebrate the playwright during its annual Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration with two nights of performances centered around Williams and two influential people in his life. The performance will be held at The Studios of Key West on March 29 and 30. Following the March 29th performance, attendees will have an opportunity to attend a meet & greet with…

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April 2020

Distinguished Speaker Series | The First Peoples of Key West: Archaeology at the Stock Island Site and Beyond

2-April from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Custom House Museum, 281 FRONT ST
KEY WEST, FL 33040-8313 United States
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Distinguished Speaker Series | The First Peoples of Key West: Archaeology at the Stock Island Site and Beyond Thursday, March 5, 2020, from 6:00pm – 7:00pm Ryan Hark will be discussing his most recent discoveries in studying remains from the Stock Island archaeological site that was once located on a small island northwest of today’s Stock Island (where the County prison is today). He will be sharing new radiocarbon dates from the oldest human-made deposits at the site, which provide…

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July 2020

Hemingway Days | Adaptations in the Stream: Hollywood’s Three Tries at Filming To Have and Have Not By Kirk Curnutt

21-July from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Adaptations in the Stream: Hollywood's Three Tries at Filming To Have and Have Not BUY WEBINAR TICKET Between 1944 and 1958 Hollywood produced three separate versions of Ernest Hemingway's 1937 Key West and Cuba novel, To Have and Have Not. Despite the collective efforts of Howard Hawks, William Faulkner, Bogart and Bacall, Casablanca director Michael Curtiz, John Garfield, future Dirty Harry filmmaker Don Siegel, and Audie Murphy, none of the trio has aged well. This presentation explores how To Have and Have Not (1944), The…

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Hemingway Days | From Paris to Pamplona with Hemingway with John Hemingway and Phil Greene

23-July from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM

John Hemingway and Phil Greene: From Paris to Pamplona with Hemingway BUY WEBINAR TICKET Join us on Thursday, July 23rd, at 4:30pm for a virtual talk by Ernest Hemingway's grandson John Hemingway and cocktail historian Phil Greene, author of To Have and Have Another: A Hemingway Cocktail Companion. In their presentation "From Paris to Pamplona with Hemingway", John and Phil will take us through the life and times of Ernest Hemingway during the 1920's. From Paris, France, to bullfighting in…

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Hemingway Days | Willie Drye: Hemingway and the Hurricane of 1935

24-July from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Willie Drye: Hemingway and the Hurricane of 1935 BUY WEBINAR TICKET In the summer of 1935, Ernest Hemingway was living an enviably comfortable life in Key West. His star had risen in the literary heavens with two recent bestselling novels. He was married to a chic young wife with a rich uncle who’d helped him buy and restore a beautiful mansion on Whitehead Street. And he was assembling a group of celebrity friends who were finding their ways to the…

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Hemingway Days | Sandra Spanier and Robert K. Elder: Hemingway’s First Short Story Found in Key West

25-July from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Sandra Spanier and Robert K. Elder: Hemingway's First Short Story Found in Key West BUY WEBINAR TICKET Hemingway's first short story was found here in Key West just a few short years ago, in ammunition box in the Bruce family archives. Joining us to talk about the story -- an untitled, fictional travelogue to Ireland -- will be Hemingway scholar Sandra Spanier, who helped discover it, and Robert K. Elder, who wrote the story for The New York Times. The story, written…

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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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VIRTUAL Distinguished Speaker Series | David L. Sloan: The Haunted Dolls of Bone Island

23-October from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

VIRTUAL Distinguished Speaker Series | David L. Sloan: The Haunted Dolls of Bone Island VIRTUAL Webinar on Thursday, October 23, 2020, from 4:00pm-5:00pm Discover the bizarre and fascinating history of haunted dolls in the southernmost city with acclaimed author and ghost hunter, David L. Sloan. From Calusa totems and the mysterious doll heads of Rest Beach to Fort East Martello’s Robert the Doll and the Audubon House’s missing Peck doll, Sloan will share the true history and island legends surrounding…

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November 2020

VIRTUAL Distinguished Speaker Series | 85 Years Old and Still Growing at the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden

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

VIRTUAL Distinguished Speaker Series | 85 Years Old and Still Growing at the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden Virtual Webinar on Thursday, November 5, 2020, from 4:00 PM-5:00 PM Misha McRAE will be presenting the 84-year history of the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden from concept in 1934 to the present, with an introduction to the significance of its many functions it provides to the community, City of Key West, conservation, and to the world. About…

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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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Member-Only Breakfast

20-November from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Custom House,

As a Key West Art & Historical Society (KWAHS) member, you are cordially invited to our upcoming Member Breakfast! Please join us Friday, November 20th at 9:30AM at the Custom House Café, located on the veranda, to enjoy breakfast followed by a brief presentation in the Helmerich Research and Learning Center on the 3rd floor. Learn about your membership benefits, our mission, upcoming events, and all KWAHS has to offer. You may also join us for a docent-guided tour of…

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VIRTUAL Camp | North American Legends: Dreams and Giants

23-November to 27-November from 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM

VIRTUAL Camp | North American Legends: Dreams and Giants Monday, November 23rd – Friday, November 27th An ancient seal has been broken, giants are terrorizing the land, and Sir Polliver has gone missing! Join us on an interactive video adventure! In this five-chapter video series, students will learn all about Native American myths and legends and North American history and geology, all while engaging in a dynamic story featuring instructors Kevin and Deadeye. Each chapter will feature physical challenges, crafts,…

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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 Distinguished Speaker Series | The First Peoples of Key West: Archaeology at the Stock Island Site and Beyond

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

VIRTUAL Distinguished Speaker Series | The First Peoples of Key West: Archaeology at the Stock Island Site and Beyond Virtual Webinar on Thursday, December 3, 2020, from 4:00pm - 5:00pm Ryan Harke will be discussing his most recent discoveries in studying remains from the Stock Island archaeological site that was once located on a small island northwest of today’s Stock Island (where the County prison is today). He will be sharing new radiocarbon dates from the oldest human-made deposits at…

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Tour of Tours

9-December from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Custom House Museum, 281 FRONT ST
KEY WEST, FL 33040-8313 United States
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Mel Fisher Museum, Audubon House, and the Custom House Museum December 9, 2020 9:00am – 11:00am Cost: $35.00 per person Our new Tour of Tours offering will highlight three historically significant museums or buildings after enjoying a lovely breakfast at the Custom House Café.  Join Education Specialist Kassandra Collett and Membership Coordinator Kim Livingston for our December Tour of Tours beginning with coffee and refreshments at the Custom House Café located on the veranda of the historic Custom House Museum.…

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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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Tour of Tours

10-December from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Mel Fisher Museum, Audubon House, and the Custom House Museum December 10, 2020 9:00am – 11:00am Cost: $35.00 per person Our new Tour of Tours offering will highlight three historically significant museums or buildings after enjoying a lovely breakfast at the Custom House Café.  Join Education Specialist Kassandra Collett and Membership Coordinator Kim Livingston for our December Tour of Tours beginning with coffee and refreshments at the Custom House Café located on the veranda of the historic Custom House Museum. A short…

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VIRTUAL Distinguished Speaker Series | Key West in the 1870s, 1880s and 1890s: A History of Revolution and Change

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

VIRTUAL Distinguished Speaker Series | Key West in the 1870s, 1880s and 1890s: A History of Revolution and Change Thursday, December 17, 2020, from 4:00 pm-5:00 pm Key West in the last three decades of the nineteenth century was a unique piece of America. Cuban revolutionaries on the island organized their struggle against Spanish rule in Cuba. Shipping lanes connected Key West with the world and there was bi-weekly steamship service between Tampa, Key West and Havana. The economy boomed…

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VIRTUAL Camp | Archaeology: Time of the Maya

21-December to 25-December from 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM

VIRTUAL Camp | Archaeology: Time of the Maya Monday, December 21st – Friday, December 25th In case you missed this virtual camp during the summer, we are relaunching it for the upcoming winter break! This 5-day virtual camp will take your adventurer on a quest through Mesoamerica to discover the lost civilizations of the Olmec, Aztecs, and Maya. Participants will be able to choose their own adventure as they come across traps, tricks, and puzzles in order to avoid capture,…

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VIRTUAL Camp | North American Legends: Dreams and Giants

28-December to 1-January from 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM

VIRTUAL Camp | North American Legends: Dreams and Giants Monday, December 28th – Friday, January 1st In case you missed this virtual camp last month, we are relaunching it for the upcoming winter break! An ancient seal has been broken, giants are terrorizing the land, and Sir Polliver has gone missing! Join us on an interactive video adventure! In this five-chapter video series, students will learn all about Native American myths and legends and North American history and geology, all…

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January 2021

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Littles at the Lighthouse

5-January from 10:00 AM to 10:30 PM
Key West Lighthouse, 938 Whitehead Atreet
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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Littles at the Lighthouse Tuesday, January 5th, 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 to sit on during the story telling session. All adults and…

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Littles at the Lighthouse

12-January from 10:00 AM to 10:30 PM
Key West Lighthouse, 938 Whitehead Atreet
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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Littles at the Lighthouse Tuesday, January 12th, 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 Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson, A History

14-January from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

VIRTUAL Distinguished Speaker Series | The Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson, A History Thursday, January 14, 2021, from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm For over five centuries, the Dry Tortugas and its reefs provided the setting for the stories of pirates and privateers, soldiers and sailors, lighthouses and shipwrecks, naturalists and prisoners, fishers and tourists. Isolated 70 miles west of Key West, the islands of Dry Tortugas National Park appear to arise as if by magic, floating atop the waters…

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