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Keys History & Discovery Center needs your support to continue to grow and develop. Plans are in place to add permanent exhibits featuring the unique environment of the Florida Keys as well as expand programming to appeal to all ages. Help us fulfill our goals and carry out our mission. Donate today!


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Florida Keys History & Discovery Center opened in January 2014 with a blank canvas of blue walls. Through a series of traveling exhibits and the sharing of personal collections, the Center began work on permanent exhibits, starting with Legends of the Line, a historical perspective on the beginnings of fishing in the Upper Keys and the resulting industry of tourism.
Fast-forward to August 2016, an aggressive development plan has resulted in additional permanent exhibits, including First People/Indians of the Keys, Pirates/Wreckers/Salvagers, and the Spanish Treasure Fleets, and a model replica of Indian Key, circa 1840. In addition a state-of-the-art 35-seat theater opened in May 2015. Coming this September is the most extensive of permanent exhibits yet featuring Stories of the Upper Keys, the history of the areas of Rock Harbor-Key Largo; Planter-Tavernier; and Matecumbe-Islamorada.
Florida Keys History and Discovery Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization formed in February 2013 by a group of residents who wanted to preserve and share the unique history of the community. The mission of the organization is “to develop and maintain a world-class history & discovery center that will accurately reflect the history of our Florida Keys community in a multi-faceted and interactive environment.”
As with most not-for-profits, we rely on donations from individuals and businesses, annual memberships, and grants. As a young not-for-profit, we are still in the position of need for general operating costs, as well as projects such as additional permanent exhibits, cost of traveling exhibits, and scanning and cataloging artifacts, such as book manuscripts, newspapers and letter.
We hope you will support the Foundation as the Keys History & Discovery Center continues to grow and expand. We are looking to building out the Jerry Wilkinson Research Library, named for a well-regarded local historian, design and develop additional permanent exhibits focused on the unique environment of the Keys, and expand program offerings for all ages. Donate today!

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