Talk is in conjunction with Roadside Attractions Exhibit

Islamorada, FL – Janice Duquesual with the Florida Park Service, will speak on The History of Lignumvitae Key will take the audience back in time to the days of the earliest settlers on the island. The presentation is the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 24 at the Keys History & Discovery Center in Islamorada. The Center opens at 5 p.m. and the presentation begins at 6 p.m.

Members of the Keys History & Discovery Center are free. Cost for non-members is $25 and includes admission to the exhibit as well as light appetizers. A cash bar will be available. Reservations are suggested and can be made at 305-922-2237.

From the geological history to the earliest settlers on Lignumvitae Key to the time when the Matheson family owned the island, Park Biologist Janice Duquesnal will cover the history and how the island went from private ownership to being protected as a Florida State Park. She has been with the Park Service for 20 years, protecting the biological and cultural resources the parks offer. Duquesnal has been protecting the Florida Keys parks since 2005.

The talk is in conjunction with the newest exhibit, Roadside Atrractions, which features a peel into the histories of some of the most significant attractions to spring up along the Overseas Highway since it first opened to traffic in 1928. The Discovery Center is in Islamorada, MM 82, located at the Islander Resort. The exhibit is open Thursdays through Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. General admission is $12. Admission for seniors is $10 and children 13-under are free.

For more information, call 305-922-2237.