Historical Preservation Society of the Upper Keys

    P.O. Box 2200     Key Largo, FL 33037



NEWSLETTER FOR February 2019

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, February 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 How Tall Tales Reshape Local History given by Keys History & Discovery Center Curator Brad Bertelli.  The presentation looks at questions such as:  When the Seminoles attacked Indian Key in 1840, were they just out to kill Housman because he told the government he would kill them all for $200 each? Were Flagler’s railroad workers really fed manatees corralled at the Cow Pen Keys?  Where exactly did the mythical name the Purple Isles originate, and how did a colorful story replace the name of a 60-foot schooner built on Plantation Key? From unreliable narrators to barstool historians, join Bertelli as he talks through some of the facts behind the “history” of these local stories and a few more.

Last month's program featured a presentation on the history of the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority (FKAA) given by FKAA Public Information Manager Julie Cheon.  The presentation included information on when and how a consistent fresh water supply was brought to the Keys.  We had fifty-two 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.  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 Enrique Rodriguez of Key Largo and Duncan and Mary Delhey of Tavernier.  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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