Historical Preservation Society of the Upper Keys

    P.O. Box 2200     Key Largo, FL 33037



NEWSLETTER FOR December 2018

Jerry Wilkinson, President


As our 42nd year draws to a close, the Historical Preservation Society of the Upper Keys celebrates with our 28th annual “Olde Timer’s Christmas” on Monday, December 10th at 7pm.  The  program will be at our usual location, the Key Largo Library Community Room in the Trade Winds Shopping Plaza at mile marker 101.5.  So please mark your calendars and pass the word along to others who may have an interest.

The “Olde Timer’s Christmas” will feature a variety of classic Conch desserts, such as Key Lime Pie, Key Lime Cake, Queen of All Pudding, and homemade Coconut Ice Cream.  While sampling all of these delicacies, we will play Keys History Trivia.  There will be no winners and losers, just a lot of fun!

This celebration is not possible without the assistance of many volunteers from our membership.  We are in need of bakers to prepare desserts.  If you are bringing a dessert, please try to arrive by 6:30pm so we can get them plated and ready for our members.  

Last month's program featured a presentation on the history of navigation in the Florida Keys given by NOAA Corps. Officer LTjg John Katchenago from the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Key Largo office.   We had 41 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 members Dottie and Tom Moses and Martin Misenhimer of Key Largo.  The Society thanks you for joining our efforts. 

With the new year right around the corner, this is a friendly reminder that dues will be due January 1.  We will have the membership box at the front if you’d like to bring your payment to the December meeting.  Also, if you would like to send a membership to a friend or family member for Christmas, please make sure you get the request to us by the December meeting so we will be able to notify the recipient of the gift.  Your continued support allows the Historical Society to keep our local history alive now and into the future. 

Happy Holidays!





Historical Preservation Society of the Upper Keys, Inc.

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


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