Keys History & Discovery Center Presents…The Jewish Underground: Smuggling Refugees from Cuba to Key West, a lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 5-7 p.m. The lecture is at the Keys History & Discovery Center at MM 82 on the property of the Islander Resort in Islamorada. Cost for non-members is only $10, thanks in part to grant funding from Florida Humanities Council. Reservations are strongly encouraged.

Join award-winning Author and Poet Arlo Haskell as he details a Jewish underground. As American immigration laws prohibited Jews from entering the United States during the 1920s, thousands of Jewish migrants became refugees in Cuba, where authorities looked the other way as smugglers transported them to Key West by any means necessary. Their actions inspired Ernest Hemingway’s novel To Have and Have Not and pitted them against powerful local officials who belonged to the Kl Klux Klan. Drawing upon thousands of pages of declassified government records and extensive forensic research, Haskell illuminates the clandestine acts and secret societies of an era.

Light appetizers and a cash bar will be available. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made at 305-922-2237 or