Historical Preservation Society of the Upper Keys

    P.O. Box 2200     Key Largo, FL 33037



NEWSLETTER FOR November 2018

Jerry Wilkinson, President


Our November 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, November 12th at 7 pm and pass the word along to others who may have an interest.

This month our program will feature 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.  The presentation will include an update on NOAA’s recent work on the Totten Beacons. 

Last month's program featured Michael Horton, a University of Miami graduate student who presented his research on the Spanish Colonization of the New World and how it applies to the Florida Keys.  We had 50 in attendance. 

Save the date for our twenty-eighth annual “Olde Timer’s Christmas” on Monday, December 10th at 7pm.  There will be classic Conch desserts such as Key Lime Pie, Queen of All Pudding and homemade coconut ice cream.  We rely on volunteer bakers to provide our desserts.  Please contact HPSUK Vice President Loralea Carrera at 305-852-8348 to volunteer and let her know what dessert you would like to bring or if you need a recipe.  This will help us ensure a variety of delicious desserts!

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 Joe Wolkowsky of Tavernier, David Teems and Susie Shimamoto and Scott Boggs of Key Largo and Joe Jinnette of North Port, FL.  The Society thanks you for joining our efforts. 


Membership renewals were due at the first 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 erindmuir@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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