View the Online Exhibition here The Everglades: Exploitation & Conservation explores one of the world’s most unique endangered habitats. This exhibition traces the history of the issues facing the Everglades today: drainage and water management; parks and wildlife refuges; the Everglades Restoration Act; agriculture, exotic plants and animals; and development plans that failed or succeeded. […]
This exhibition examines Florida’s role in the rock ‘n’ roll evolution from its beginning in the early 1950s to the present. Several genres of music, from jazz and gospel to hard rock and country, are featured through more than 400 items and artifacts on display. Highlighted acts include Gainesville’s Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Jacksonville’s […]
HistoryMiami Museum captures the spirit of the Magic City this winter while hosting one of the most popular art events in recent years: the Miami Street Photography Festival. The festival is part of HistoryMiami’s newly-established Center for Photography, created as a part of a Knight Arts Challenge grant. The MSPF gallery at HistoryMiami features the […]
Since the 1920s, sporting events and institutions have both mirrored and shaped the growth of South Florida. Miami Jai-Alai and Hialeah Park two of the area’s earliest sporting attractions, lured northern tourists with, respectively, the spectacles of jai alai, an ancient Basque game imported from Cuba, and horse racing. Along with the annual collegiate Orange Bowl Game, these quickly became world-famous draws and by the mid-century were helping fuel the public fascination with South Florida as a locus of sun, fun, and leisure. It was an image that eventually would draw not only visitors, but transplants to the region.
For forty years, photojournalist Tim Chapman documented the history of South Florida and beyond. His career with the Miami Herald began in 1972, ended in 2012, and included coverage of The Jonestown Massacre, the Mariel Boatlift, the Cocaine Cowboys era, and Hurricane Andrew, among other local and international events. In 2013, Chapman donated his life’s work to HistoryMiami Museum, and Newsmanshowcases images from this collection, selected by longtime Miami Heraldphotographer Al Diaz. The displayed images, along with cameras, press passes, notebooks, and other artifacts, chronicle Chapman’s storied career.
With a paintbrush in hand, Miami’s very own environmental artist Patricia Cummins has captured various scenes from nature while traveling the nation for over a decade. Patricia’s body of work represents the natural beauty of national parks from coast to coast, from California to Florida.
Imagine leaving your homeland as a child, without your parents, to live in a foreign country. Will you ever return home? Will you ever see your parents again? What does your future hold? That was the reality for the more than 14,000 unaccompanied Cuban boys and girls who left their homeland to come to the United States in what became the largest recorded child refugee exodus in the Western Hemisphere, which lasted from 1960-1962.