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March 2021

THE COST Free

Littles at the Lighthouse

2-March 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, 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 Atreet
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 Atreet
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 Atreet
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 Atreet
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

THE COST Free

Littles at the Lighthouse

6-April 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, 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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Non-Profit Bingo Night

21-June from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
the green parrot, 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 Off the Hook Grill Key West, Uva Key West, Mattheessen's, Little Whitehouse Subs, Bad Boy Burrito-Key West and a bottle of Stoli vodka donated by The Green Parrot, and more! Money raised supports the exhibits department.

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July 2021

Summer ArtCamp! | Live Action History: The Greco Persian Wars

5-July to 9-July from 8:45 AM to 4:00 PM
Fort East Martello Museum, 3501 South Roosevelt Boulevard
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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Summer ArtCamp! | Live Action History: The Greco Persian Wars Monday, July 5th to Friday, July 9th, from 8:45 am – 4 pm Join us for a 5-day adventure that relives The Histories as told by Herodotus during the 5th century BCE. Campers will learn about the rise of the Persian Empire and the causes that started the Greco Persian Wars in the Greek City-States. Campers will use maps, teamwork, code-breaking, character role-playing, and acting to recreate this incredible time. Ages 6-12: Please…

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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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