Lectures

Keys History & Discovery Center Presents… 2022-2023 Lecture Series

Attend in person or participate virtually! 
Presentations begin at 6 p.m.

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

Doors to the Discovery Center open at 5:00 p.m. to allow guests to view exhibits before the presentation. 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 www.keysdiscovery.com/membership

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

With seating limited, priority registration is available for members only through designated dates below. After the close of this priority window, seats are allocated first-come, first-serve through registration deadline.  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 4 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. 

2022 Fall Season

Wednesday, October 12
Smuggling in the Florida Keys – Part 1

Moderated by Richard Russell, join Dickie Lynn along with Gary Dunn, who were both classmates at Coral Shores High School as they share their individual stories of experiences and being on opposite sides of Smuggling in the Florida Keys.

Wednesday, October 26
Smuggling in the Florida Keys – Part 2
Join our law enforcement officials as they share stories of Smuggling in the Florida Keys and run-ins with those involved. Panel includes Sheriff Rick Ramsay, MSO Captain Don Hiller, Ret. former Marine Patrol and FWC Mike Long, Capt. David DiPre, FWC, and a few more not yet confirmed.

Wednesday, November 9
Smuggling in the Florida Keys – Part 3
Our panel this evening consists of State Prosecutor Allison DeFoor and a few more special guests speaking on what it took to convict those who were involved in Smuggling in the Florida Keys.

Wednesday, December 7
Smuggling in the Florida Keys – Part 4
Our 4th and final panel consists of the authors that captured the stories of Smuggling in the Florida Keys. Confirmed is Domingo Soto, author of The Trials of Dickie Lynn, and more that are unconfirmed

2022 Summer Season

Wednesday, June 29
The Beatles Come to Florida
Presented by Scott A. Grant, owner of Investment Business, Standfast Asset Management, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL and author.

 

Scott shares the fascinating story of John, Paul, George, and Ringo on their first US tour. The Beatles make two trips to Florida as a group. Both of those trips occur in the tumultuous year of 1964. The Fab Four frolic in Key West and Miami enjoying the beach, Florida girls and yachts. The Beatles, on the cusp of worldwide celebrity, meet a young Muhammad Ali unknowingly creating an iconic photoshoot. The second trip to Jacksonville tells us a darker story. The Beatles strike a blow for civil Rights insisting that the Jacksonville Gator Bowl be de-segregated for the first time. Florida resisted, but the Beatles won! Join us on this very entertaining journey through a multi-media presentation.

Register for the June 29 Lecture Here
Member priority registration through Wednesday, June 22 at 5 p.m.
All in-person registration closes Tuesday, June 28 at 5 p.m.
Virtual only registration closes Wednesday, June 29 at 12 noon

Wednesday, July 27
History in the Making
Showcases Loralea Carrera’s Now & Then Favorites, then featuring the Jerry Wilkinson documentary, “Adventures in History,” followed by Q&A, and a book signing for the historic Keys Lighthouse book. Our Second in the Summer Lecture Series will be held 6pm-7:30pm, presented by both Loralea Carrera and Jerry Wilkinson, President Upper Keys Historical Preservation Society.
Register for the July 27 Lecture Here
Member priority registration through Wednesday, July 20 at 5 p.m.
All in-person registration closes Tuesday, July 26 at 5 p.m.
Virtual only registration closes Wednesday, July 27 at 12 noon

2022 Spring Season

Wednesday, March 23
Protecting the Home Front: Women in Civil Defense in the Early Cold War
with Dr. Michael Scheibach, Scholar, Educator and Author
Register for the March 23 Lecture Here
Member priority registration through Wednesday, Mar. 16 at 5 p.m.
All in-person registration closes Tuesday, Mar. 22 at 5 p.m.
Virtual only registration closes Wednesday, Mar. 23 at 5 p.m.

Wednesday, April 13
How Caribbean King Crabs Might Help Save Florida’s Coral Reef
with Dr. Jason Spadaro, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Mote Laboratory
Register for the April 13 Lecture Here
Member priority registration through Wednesday, April 6 at 5 p.m.
All in-person registration closes Tuesday, April 12 at 5 p.m.
Virtual only registration closes Wednesday, April 13 at 5 p.m.

Wednesday, April 27
Archaeology, Adaption, and Resilience in the Keys
with Sara Ayers-Rigsby, Director of Southeast and Southwest Regions for the Florida Public Archaeology Network at Florida Atlantic University
Register for the April 27 Lecture Here
Member priority registration through Wednesday, April 20 at 5 p.m.
All in-person registration closes Tuesday, April 26 at 5 p.m.
Virtual only registration closes Wednesday, April 27 at 5 p.m.

Wednesday, May 11
Saving the Keys’ Tomorrow
with Paul Evans, Science Writer and Outreach Coordinator for UF IFAS Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center
Register for the May 11 Lecture Here
Member priority registration through Wednesday, May 4 at 5 p.m.
All in-person registration closes Tuesday, May 10 at 5 p.m.
Virtual only registration closes Wednesday, May 11 at 5 p.m.

 

2022 Winter Season

Wednesday, January 12
Flamingo Forever: The Rebirth of a Cherished Everglades National Park Destination
with Charlie Arazoza, The Alliance of Florida’s National Parks, and Alan Scott, Everglades National Park
Register for the January 12 Lecture Here
Member priority registration through Wednesday, Jan. 5 at 5 p.m.
All in-person registration closes Tuesday, Jan. 11 at 5 p.m.
Virtual only registration closes Wednesday, Jan. 12 at 5 p.m.

Wednesday, January 26 
Hemingway and Bimini: The Birth of Sport Fishing at ‘the End of the World’
with Dr. Ashley Oliphant, Associate Professor of English, Pfeiffer University
Sponsored in memory of Robert L. Mitchell
Register for the January 26 Lecture Here
Member priority registration through Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 5 p.m.
All in-person registration closes Tuesday, Jan. 25 at 5 p.m.
Virtual only registration closes Wednesday, Jan. 26 at 5 p.m.

Wednesday, February 9
Key Limes, Bonefish and Hurricanes: The Lancelot Jones Story
with Dr. John Nordt, Historian
Sponsored in memory of Robert L. Mitchell
Register for the February 9 Lecture Here
Member priority registration through Wednesday, Feb. 2 at 5 p.m.
All in-person registration closes Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 5 p.m.
Virtual only registration closes Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 5 p.m.

Wednesday, February 23
A History of Weather Forecasting in the Florida Keys
with Jonathan Rizzo, Meteorologist at Key West’s National Weather Service
Register for the February 23 Lecture Here
Member priority registration through Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 5 p.m.
All in-person registration closes Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 5 p.m.
Virtual only registration closes Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 5 p.m.

Wednesday, March 9
Florida Loves Manatees
with Dr. Steven Noll, Professor of History, University of Florida
Register for the March 9 Lecture Here
Member priority registration through Wednesday, March 2 at 5 p.m.
All in-person registration closes Tuesday, March 8 at 5 p.m.
Virtual only registration closes Wednesday, March 9 at 5 p.m.

2021 Fall Season

Wednesday, October 13
Prehistoric Snowbirds at Stock Island: A Six-Year Study
with Dr. Ryan Harke, Archaeologist/Environmental Protection Specialist
Register for the October 13 Lecture Here
Member priority registration through Friday, Oct. 1 at 5 p.m.
All in-person registration closes Friday, Oct. 8 at 5 p.m.
Virtual only registration closes Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 5 p.m.

Wednesday, October 27
Breaths that Count: History of Island Dolphin Care
with Deena Hoagland, Founder and Executive Director
Register for the October 27 Lecture Here
Member priority registration through Friday, Oct. 15 at 5 p.m.
All in-person registration closes Friday, Oct. 22 at 5 p.m.
Virtual only registration closes Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 5 p.m.

Wednesday, November 10
Florida Keys or Bust! History of Tourism
with Dr. Cori Convertito, Maritime and Local Historian
Register for the November 10 Lecture Here
Member priority registration through Wednesday, Nov. 3 at 5 p.m.
All in-person registration closes Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 5 p.m.
Virtual only registration closes Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 5 p.m.

Wednesday, December 8
Seeking the American Tropics: South Florida’s Early Naturalists
with Dr. James A. Kushlan, Author and Ornithologist
Register for the December 8 Lecture Here
Member priority registration through Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 5 p.m.
All in-person registration closes Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 5 p.m.
Virtual only registration closes Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 5 p.m.

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