Growing Up in the Keys- Fall Lecture Series

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Growing Up in the Keys- Fall Lecture Series

October 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Keys History & Discovery Center Presents… 2023 Lecture Series..

Attend in person or participate virtually! 
Presentations begin at 6PM!

Register Here:

Advance online registration is required whether attending in person or participating virtually.

Doors to the Discovery Center open at 5:00PM to allow guests to view exhibits before the presentation. Light appetizers and cash bar available.

Free for members.  When registering, click link at the top of the page: “Do you have an access code?”  Enter case sensitive access code provided to members on program emails and mailers to receive your free access member tickets.  You can become a member and save on our Lecture Series at

If you have any questions or issues, be sure to email Grace at, she would love to assist!

Non-members: In person, $10; Virtual only, $5.  

With seating limited, seats are allocated first-come, first-serve through registration deadline of Monday before lecture at 5:00 pm. If capacity is reached you will be able to join a waitlist. 

Registration for virtual participants can be made until noon the day of  the lecture. Virtual attendees will receive a confirmation email and a link to join the webinar by 2 pm. With a virtual ticket, those who register but do not attend live will receive a link to view the recorded lecture after it concludes.

If you are having any technical issues, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with Tara, via email ( or by calling the museum at (305) 922-2237 and asking for her!

Also, remember as members, you have access to the member portal that will have recordings posted in the Member Exclusive Content tab on our website.

October 25, 2023, Growing Up in The Keys…. continued…. 

Born in 1950 in Miami, Florida, Jim Mooney’s journey is one characterized by unwavering dedication to community, sports, and public service.

Raised in the picturesque surroundings of Islamorada, Florida, after graduating from Coral Shores in 1968, he pursued higher education at the University of Miami, earning a Bachelor of Education degree in 1973. Jim’s commitment to education and youth development led him to teach physical education at Coral Shores from 1973 to 1979. He also took on the role of a coach in baseball and football, imparting his knowledge and passion for sports to the next generation.

Jim’s journey through life also saw him embrace the joys of parenthood. He and his wife proudly raised their children, Erica Mooney DeMott and Michael Mooney.

In 1998, Jim Mooney’s dedication to his community found a new dimension when he was elected to the Islamorada Village Council, where he not only chaired the first meeting but also went on to serve as Mayor in 2001. This role allowed him to make a significant impact on his beloved community.

In 2014, he was once again elected to the Islamorada Village Council, where he served until 2020, and he was re-elected as Mayor in 2017, demonstrating the trust and admiration of his constituents. Jim was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2020, a role he continues to hold in 2022-2024. His impressive commitment is also reflected in his active participation in various committees.

In 2023, he was assigned to the Appropriations Committee, served as the Republican Committee Whip, and held positions on the State Administration & Technology Appropriations Subcommittee, Infrastructure Strategies Committee, Agriculture, Conservation & Resiliency Subcommittee, Select Committee on Hurricane Resiliency & Recovery, and State Affairs Committee.

Throughout his life, Jim has dedicated his time and energy to various boards and organizations, including Take Stock in Children Monroe County, Fl Keys Electric Co-Op, Islamorada Chamber of Commerce, Conch Scramble Golf Tournament, FL Keys Board of Realtors, FL Keys MLS, Chair of the Grievance Board, Upper Keys Foundation, and President of the Women’s Council of Realtors. His extensive involvement reflects his deep-rooted commitment to community betterment and his eagerness to give back.


Tony Hammon is a life-time educator. He has been a classroom teacher, coach, and school administrator for five decades. He started his career at Coral Shores High School as a Marine Biology/Biology teacher and founded Island Christian School in 1974. He is also Pastor Emeritus of Island Community Church, where he served as Sr. Pastor from 1989 to 2019.

Tony moved to Islamorada in 1960 immediately following Hurricane Donna. Tony is a Coral Shores High School graduate of the class of 1967,  holds a Bachelors from University of Miami in Biology Education and a Masters in Educational Administration from Tennessee Temple University.  He has authored three books and travels regularly to third world countries to provide educational training and coaching.

He currently serves as President of the International Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (IACCS) the international division of the Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (FACCS) where he has served as board member for many years.  IACCS reaches deep into the heart of third world and developing countries, providing free educational training to teachers and administrators.  In addition, IACCS has built educational buildings, installed water systems, supplied over 100 milk cows, assisted in establishing demonstration farms orphanages. 

Tony has been married to his wife Colleen, his high school sweetheart, for 51 years, has four children and 11 grandchildren.

Tony and Jim Mooney have been life-long friends, played several sports together, were college roommates in Key West while attending FKCC, and Jim was a groomsman in Tony and Colleen’s wedding.


October 25
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Keys History & Discovery Center
82100 Overseas Hwy
Islamorada, FL 33036 United States
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