Historical Preservation Society of the Upper Keys

    P.O. Box 2200     Key Largo, FL 33037




Jerry Wilkinson, President


Our October 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, October 8th at 7 pm and pass the word along to others who may have an interest.


This month our program will feature Michael Horton, a University of Miami graduate student who will present his research on the Spanish Colonization of the New World and how it applies to the Florida Keys.  The presentation will begin with a brief overview of Columbus’ voyages and the establishment of a colony in Cuba and will also discuss the Spanish Treasure fleet system, the trade route off the coast of the Florida Keys., the wrecking of the 1733 fleet and its larger management in recent years. Michael is also currently an intern with NOAA at the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary in Key Largo and working on a project with the 1773 Spanish Fleet wreck of El Infante.


For last month's program we gathered at the Keys History & Discovery Center for a ribbon-cutting at the Jerry Wilkinson Research Library and a celebration of Jerry’s 90th birthday! We had over 130 people in attendance to celebrate Jerry and his decades of historical preservation contributions, collecting and sharing the history of the Upper Keys.  Jerry has donated his extensive collection to the Florida Keys History and Discovery Foundation for the creation of a research library which now bears his name.   


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.


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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