Lectures

Keys History & Discovery Center Presents… 2019-2020 Lecture Series

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we are following government guidelines and cancelling in-person gatherings.  Please scroll down for more information on free live-streams of the remaining Spring 2020 Lecture Series.

Doors to the Discovery Center open at 5:30 p.m. to allow guests to view exhibits before the presentation.

Presentation begins at 6 p.m. and generally last one hour.

Reservations Recommended. Call 305-922-2237 or email info@keysdiscovery.com

Cost: Members free; $10 for non-members, includes light snacks/appetizers and a cash bar.

Keys History & Discovery Center Presents lecture series is not possible without the support of donors. This year we have set a goal to raise $50,000 to ensure we can continue to offer the lecture series. Donations help offset costs related to speaker honorariums, lodging and travel, as well as marketing, appetizers and lecture space rental. Gifts made at the $1,000 level or above will receive name recognition on the KeysDiscovery.com website. A gift of $3,500 will underwrite a specific lecture of the donor’s choosing and donor will be recognized as the sponsor of the evening. 

Wednesday, October 23
Beyond the Sunshine: A Timeline of Florida’s Past 
with Rick Baker, Author and former Mayor of St. Petersburg

Wednesday, November 6
Everglades Restoration: Protecting Habitats, Conserving Water & Strengthening Our Economy
with Dr. Steve Davis, Senior Ecologist, Everglades Foundation

Wednesday, November 20
Storm of the Century: The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 
with Willie Drye, Author and National Geographic News Contributing Editor

Wednesday, December 11
True Pirate Tales of the Florida Keys 
with Brad Bertelli, Historian, Author and Curator of the Florida Keys History & Discovery Center

Wednesday, January 8
Saving our Reefs: Ambitious Efforts to Flip the Script
with Sarah Fangman, Superintendent, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

Wednesday, January 22
Restoring the Keys Flats Fishery
with Dr. Ross Boucek, Florida Keys Initiative Manager, Bonefish & Tarpon Trust

Wednesday, February 5
Bad Guys, Bullets, and Boat Chases: True Stories of Florida Game Wardens 
with Bob H. Lee, Author and Veteran Wildlife Officer

Wednesday, February 19
Florida’s First Ladies
with Dr. Peggy Macdonald, Author, Public Historian and Adjunct Professor of History, Stetson University and Indian River State College

Wednesday, March 4
Above and Beyond: JFK and the Florida Pilots During the Cuban Missile Crisis 
with Michael Tougias, Author

Wednesday, March 18- CANCELLED
Underwater World of Exploration, Research and Discovery
with Thomas Potts, Associate Director of Research Administration, Aquarius Reef Base, Florida International University  

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we are following government guidelines and cancelling in-person gatherings.  We have shifted to live-streaming the remaining lectures in our season, registration is required and links to participate are listed below each lecture.  If more than one person plans to watch together on a single device, only one registration is needed. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. We recommend joining the webinar 5-10 minutes prior to the start of the presentation.   A recording of each lecture will also be available for viewing on the Florida Keys History & Discovery Center’s Facebook page and YouTube channel by the Friday following the lecture.
 
The GoToWebinar platform is being utilized as it allows viewers to interact with the speaker and participate in a Q&A session at the end of the presentation as you would if attending one of our in-person lectures.  GoToWebinar can be accessed on your computer or by downloading the mobile app. When you first join a webinar on a computer, GoToWebinar will automatically detect your computer setup and direct you to the best join method. If you are on a compatible Windows or Mac computer, then the software will begin to install as soon as you join. In order to install the GoToWebinar desktop app, you’ll need to click through a few windows allowing GoToWebinar permission to access your computer.
 
GoToWebinar Join Guides:

Given that this is a new platform, we’d like to offer you an opportunity to test it out in advance of our lecture. We have scheduled two practice webinar sessions, one on Tuesday, March 31, 11-11:30 a.m., and one on Wednesday, April 1, 4-4:30 p.m. There will be no formal presentation during these practice sessions, you may join at any point during the time block and stay for as long you need to familiarize yourself with the system.

Register for a Practice Session

Wednesday, April 1
Capt. Ed and Fern Butters: A Love, Hurricane, Key Lime Pie Story
with Brad Bertelli, Historian, Author and Curator of the Florida Keys History & Discovery Center
Register for the April 1 Lecture

Wednesday, April 15
Florida Soul: Music & People That Define Florida Soul
with John Capouya, Author and Associate Professor of Journalism, University of Tampa
Register for the April 15 Lecture

Wednesday, April 29
Death at Indian Key: An Unusual Indian Attack
with Brad Bertelli, Historian, Author and Curator of the Florida Keys History & Discovery Center
Register for the April 29 Lecture

Wednesday, May 13
Environmental Threats to Florida’s Iconic Crustaceans
with Dr. Phil Gravinese, Postdoctoral Fellow, Mote Marine Laboratory
Register for May 13 Lecture

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