Business block in Marathon Shores destroyed by Hurricane Donna in September 1960. From the Erma Stout Collection.

There are many events happening at the Keys History and Discovery Museum in Islamorada.

Discover History!
Join Curator Brad Bertelli for live segments which take a deeper look at the historical significance of the Upper Keys. These stories will be told both from within the Keys History & Discovery Center and out in the community, incorporating our popular “field trip” format launched in the spring.

Tuesdays, Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 10 a.m., Discover History!
Tuesdays, Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27, 10 a.m., Discover History!
Tuesdays, Nov. 3, 10 and 17, 10 a.m., Discover History!

Exhibit: Coral Reef Exploration
The result of an exciting partnership between Mote Marine Laboratory and Florida Keys History and Discovery Foundation, Coral Reef Exploration focuses on providing both a beautiful and educational view of our unique coral reef ecosystem and the challenges it faces. Join Mote Aquarium Biologist Blake Terry for live narrated segments which includes feeding our fish and crustaceans.

Monday, Sept. 14, 1 p.m. Exhibit: Coral Reef Exploration
Monday, Oct. 12, 1 p.m., Exhibit: Coral Reef Exploration
Monday, Nov. 9, 1 p.m., Exhibit: Coral Reef Exploration

Curator Connections
Cocktails with the Curator
An open question-and-answer happy hour about all things Keys history offered via Zoom. Priority access for members with session seats being assigned exclusively to members until the Monday prior to the event at 9 a.m. When the member priority access window closes, any non-members who have registered will be given remaining slots in the order in which they registered. Registrants will receive a confirmation e-mail with a link to join the session when their virtual seat is assigned.

Wednesday, Sept. 9, 6 p.m., Cocktails with the Curator and Guest, Author Willie Drye (Storm of the Century: The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 and For Sale-American Paradise: How Our Nation Was Sold An Impossible Dream In Florida
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 6 p.m., Cocktails with the Curator and Guest, Author Cathy Salustri (Backroads of Paradise: A Journey to Rediscover Old Florida)

Community Views
A narrated pictorial presentation sharing photos of early days in Upper Keys communities offer via GoToMeeting. Free for members.; $5 for non-members.
Advance registration is required for these virtual programs. Go to

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 6 p.m., Community Views: Early Upper Matecumbe Key

Keys History & Discovery Center Presents…Lecture Series
2020 Fall Season
Sponsored by Louis E. Miranda

Live virtual-only lectures offered Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m.

September 23
Historic Tavernier: A Conversation with Two Pioneers
Everette Albury and Charles Pellicier
Sponsored by Patricia Witchel

Wednesday, Oct. 14
Black Caesar: Pirate, Myth, Legend
Curator and Author Brad Bertelli.
Sponsored in memory of Robert L. Mitchell.

Wednesday, Oct. 28
Underwater World of Exploration, Research & Discovery
Dr. Tom Potts, Florida International University
Sponsored in memory of Robert L. Mitchell.

Wednesday, Nov. 11
(Coral) Baby Boom: Sexual Reproduction’s Role in Reef Restoration.
Dr. Hanna Koch, Mote Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Michael P. Crosby.

Lectures are free for members and $5 for non-members. Advance registration is required. The virtual programs utilize GoToWebinar. To register, go to For more information on this platform, go to

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