Film documents Jerry Wilkinson's work to preserve the Keys' early beginnings

Mary Lou and Jerry Wilkinson in their interview. Magic Kumquat Productions/Contributed

The College of the Florida Keys invites the public to a free screening of the new documentary short film “Adventures in History” on Friday, Dec. 3 at its new Upper Keys Center, located at Mile Marker 106.4. Doors open at 7 p.m. 

Directed by J. Brian King, of Sun King Studio, and written and produced by Laura Albritton, of Magic Kumquat Productions, Adventures in History recounts 93-year-old historian Jerry Wilkinson’s remarkable quest to save Florida Keys history from being forgotten.  

Filmed on location in Tavernier, Islamorada, Marathon, and Key West, “Adventures in History” runs just under 20 minutes and features stunning aerial footage, archival images, music, and multiple interviews with colleagues from museums and archives. The documentary had its North American premiere at the Hollywood Florida Film Festival this November. The film’s subject and some of the film making team will attend the premiere. After the screening, Jerry and his co-author will be on hand to sign copies of their new book, “Historic Lighthouses of the Florida Keys,” just published by Arcadia Publishing. 

George Albury home on Plantation Key. MONROE COUNTY LIBRARY/Contributed

To rescue Florida Keys history, nonagenarian Jerry Wilkinson spent decades traveling cross country to secure clues, interviewing 1935 hurricane survivors, and advocating for architectural heritage. He has contributed to films, given hundreds of presentations, conducted historical reenactments, co-authored 5 books, led the Historical Preservation Society of the Upper Keys, and created a sprawling history website, Today, scholars can visit the Jerry Wilkinson Research Library at the Florida Keys History & Discovery Center in Islamorada.  

To watch the film’s trailer and access a press kit, visit For ongoing information about the film’s screening, email [email protected].

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