Exhibit Capital Campaigns

The Caroenas Cuban Boat Exhibit

The Caroenas exhibit will explore the reasons and the realities of the attempted crossing of the hazardous stretch of water separating Cuba from the United States. It has wreaked havoc on ships built by professional craftsmen for hundreds of years. Yet, for decades desperate Cubans have risked their lives to make this crossing in primitive vessels often constructed from whatever their builders were able to find, a list that includes inner tubes, wooden planks, rope, canvas, 55-gallon barrels, and automobile parts. By comparison, the 17-foot fishing boat Caroenas, used to make this crossing and discovered near Conch Key, appears well equipped. The Caroenas exhibit is being developed in front of the entrance to the Keys History & Discovery Center and in addition to the boat, will feature educational storyboards and seating. The fundraising goal for this project is $10,000; to date, $6,600 is still needed to fully fund the exhibit.

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The Bronze Cannon Exhibit

A new permanent exhibit is nearing completing and we hope you can help us raise the remaining $4,000 of our $15,000 goal. The Bronze Cannon Exhibit will feature an eight-foot-long 16th century bronze cannon found off American Shoal in the Lower Keys resting atop a handcrafted period-correct carriage. The cannon comes to Keys History & Discovery Center from the HistoryMiami Museum. The carriage was made by an expert in the field and based on 16th century Spanish design using Old World foundry techniques and materials.

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