Guest curator Cesar Becerra created this traveling tribute to William and Mary Brickell: early pioneer settlers in South Florida whose story has been largely diminished or even ignored in favor of a more romantic narrative. The exhibit explores the marginalization of the couple’s role as the co-founders of Miami as well as their contributions to the birth and growth of commerce in South Florida as a whole.
October 21, 2021 @ 2:00PM
Just in time for Halloween, this presentation explores the cryptozoological mystery of the Everglades bogeyman known as the Skunk Ape. The roots of the Bigfoot/Yeti archetype in cultures around the world will be discussed along with local Native American legends and historic sightings of this odiferous, swamp-dwelling furry humanoid. A Q&A session after the talk will feature local expert Dave Shealy of Skunk Ape Headquarters in Ochopee (author of the recently published “On the Tracks of the Skunk Ape”) and Brad Bertelli of the Florida Keys History & Discovery Center (author of the recently published “Florida Keys Skunk Ape Files”). Both guests will have signed copies of their books available for purchase.
November 18, 2021 @ 2:00PM
In recognition of National Native American Heritage Month, this presentation will focus on the role of frontier trading posts in the development of relationships between the indigenous people of South Florida and white settlers who came to live in the region. The evolution of trade and commerce in frontier society—beginning at remote outposts accessible only by water and later all but eradicated by the building of the Tamiami Trail—will be discussed at length.