Historical Preservation Society of the Upper Keys

    P.O. Box 2200     Key Largo, FL 33037




Jerry Wilkinson, President


Our February program will be our usual second Monday of the month at the Key Largo Library Community Room in the Trade Winds Shopping Plaza at mile marker 101.5.  So please mark your calendars for Monday, March 11th at 7 pm and pass the word along to others who may have an interest.

This month our program will feature a presentation entitled History of Lignumvitae Key given by Janice Duquesnel.  With a Bachelor of Science degree in Oceanography from Catholic University of America and a 24-year veteran of the Florida Park Service, Duquesnel is a biologist with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection District 5 Administration office based in the Florida Keys.  Janice's responsibilities are varied and include authoring Unit Management Plans, seagrass restoration, natural resource damage assessments, coral reef monitoring, vegetation surveys, bird surveys, endangered plant species projects, exotic plant removal, staff training, and a host of other biological work in both the upland and submerged resources of the District 5 state parks.

Last month's program featured a presentation entitled How Tall Tales Reshape Local History given by Keys History & Discovery Center Curator Brad Bertelli. From unreliable narrators to barstool historians, Bertelli talked through some of the facts behind the “history” of local myths, legends and lore.  We had sixty-eight in attendance. 

The books “Images of Key Largo” and “Images of Islamorada” will be available at our meeting for $22 each.  We also have copies of the hardcover “Images of Marathon: The Middle Keys” for $25 and K Wilkinson’s book “It Had to Be You” for $15.  If you would like them mailed someplace, just add $3 to the listed price to cover the cost of shipping.  As a new benefit, paid members receive $1 off all book purchases!  All book sales help the Historical Society continue to keep our local history alive.

This month we are pleased to welcome new member Bernard Fagan of Silver Spring, Maryland.  The Society thanks you for joining our efforts. 


Membership renewals were due at the beginning of the year.  Thank you to those who have already renewed.  Our membership box will be at the front desk at our meeting so we can assist you with your renewal. You will also find information below about how to renew your membership through the mail.  We now send an electronic version of our newsletter.  If you would like to receive the email version, make sure you include your email address when you renew or send a request to Erin Muir at hpsuknewsletter@gmail.com.


Historical Preservation Society of the Upper Keys, Inc.

Post Office Box 2200 Key Largo, Florida 33037 Phone (305) 896-6526


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