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DSS | Dry Tortugas – A Confluence of Human History and Natural Resources with Ranger Curtis Hall

10-November from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Dry Tortugas – A Confluence of Human History, Natural Resources, Ambitious Fortifications and Remote National Park with Ranger Curtis Hall

November 10, 2022 | 6pm – 7pm

Tropic Cinema

The Tortugas, one of our nations oldest place names, have been many things to generations of visitors throughout centuries of time. Places of shelter, provisions, struggle, demise and perseverance. A place of research, imprisonment, freedom and recreation; a National Monument and one of the Florida Keys original tourist attractions.

Embark on the currents of the Florida Straits and sail through the history of Dry Tortugas from their early European beginnings in the 1500’s, to current projects and tips for your next visit. The period of significance (1846-74) will be covered but emphasis is also placed on lesser-known stories of Human History that shaped where we are today, and ongoing research vital for our future success.

About the Presenter: 

Curtis is the Lead Ranger for Resource Education and a National Park Service diver at the Dry Tortugas. He is a Florida Keys native that served over 10 years in United States Navy Special Operations and was awarded multiple decorations with combat valor for overseas engagements. Curtis holds a bachelor’s in science from Indiana University and a Masters of Natural Resources and Marine Conservation from Virginia Tech.

This project is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and the State of Florida, with additional support provided by The Helmerich Trust.

Additional support from the Helmerich Trust, Aloys & Carol Metty, Lee Garrison, and The John & Marilyn Rintamaki Family Charitable Fund.


Key West Art & Historical Society


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