South Florida History

Vol. 23, no. 1 (Winter 1995)

The Everglades and a Few Friends, by Martha Munzer

Environmental preservationists from the 1960s and 1970s included Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Jim Redford, Polly Redford, and Joe Browder. This article describes Seadade, Turkey Point, Biscayne National Park, the Jetport, and the creation of the Friends of the Everglades.

Travel aboard the Queen of the Caribbean

by Rebecca A. Smith
In 1951 photographers Rudi and Annette Rada took a trip to Havana aboard the SS Florida.

Biscayne Bay Trivia

by Bryan Henry
Fun facts about Biscayne Bay.

Flagler Sets his Sights on Biscayne Bay

by Joe Knetsch and Paul S. George
While Henry Flagler’s railroad entered Miami for the first time in April 1896, he was already planning, long before then, to develop a port on Biscayne Bay.

From Ramshackle Barracks to Sportsmen’s Hotel

by Michele Wehrwein Albion
On a narrow strip of land jutting out between Sanibel Island and the Caloosahatchee River if the place where the development of southwest Florida began—Punta Rassa. Were it not for George Shultz, the area might still be largely undiscovered.

When Blimps Were Warships

by Rose Connett-Richards
During World War II, airships watched for enemy submarines off the coast of Florida.

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Volume 23, number 2 (Spring 1995)

Edison Park: “Built to Endure”

by Michele Wehwein Albion
During the Roaring Twenties, a dashing young man decided to create a name for himself by establishing a unique neighborhood in Fort Myers.

This Florida “First” is a Mystery

by William E. Brown, Jr.
A collection of negatives at the Archives and Special Collections Department at the University of Miami Library provide a fascinating photographic record of the Florida Riverboat Trip.

Artistry Runs in Saint-Gaudens Line

by Rose Connett-Richards
The Saint-Gaudens family have lived in Coconut Grove from the 1900s.

Did Key West’s Tropical Spell Shorten the Civil War?

by Michael Sasser
There is at least a possibility that the fate of the Confederacy was, at one point, in the hands of the people of Key West.

Cold Case Solved after 45 Years

by Arthur E. Chapman
In 1944 African American police officer Milledge was shot. His killer was not arrested until 1990.

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Vol. 23, no. 3 (Summer 1995)

Lucie’s Letters from Florida’s Garden of Eden (Part 1)

by Jean Matheson
Beginning in 1880, Louise Ella Richards sent letters home that painted a vivid picture of early Florida (Hutchinson Island), and she revealed a spirited young woman.

Fruity Florida Recipes

by Diana Gonzalez Kirby and Margaret Borgeest
These recipes come from government documents, 1933-1994.

Mapmaker’s Nightmare: Filling in the Skeleton

by Joe Knetsch
During the Third Seminole War, topographical engineer James W. Abert helped correct some errors found in earlier maps of Florida.

At the Soda Fountain: Wholesome Pleasures at Fort Myers’ Royal Palm [Pharmacy]

by Michele Albion

Miami Centennial Trivia

by Bryan Henry
Fun facts about the City of Miami.

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Vol. 23, no. 4 (Fall 1995/Winter 1996)

Florida's Pioneer Eden: Lucie’s Letters from Eden, 1880-1884 (Part 2)

by Jean Matheson

Art and the Cuban Cigar: Florida’s Cultural Legacy: Tobacco, Steam and Stone

by L. Glenn Westfall
Tobacco growing and cigar making affected Cuban and Florida histories. That legacy takes material form in decorative cigar box labels.

Sell it with a Song: the Pregon:  the Cry of the Street Vendor

by Hall Estrada
The street vendor’s cry—known as the pregon in Spanish—dates back to ancient history as a persuasive tool used in the open market.

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Volume 24, number 1 (Spring 1996)

Cool Air for Florida

by John Gladstone
Panhandle doctor John Gorrie invented air-conditioning for his patients with malaria and yellow fever.

Inventor at the Bat

by Michele Wehrwein Albion
Ty Cobb and Thomas Edison play ball.

Sinkhole to the Past

by Dr. Irvin D. Solomon
Warm Mineral springs yields hot archeological controversy.

Hurricane Honeymoon

by Thelma Peters
Newly weds Thelma and Thomas Peters spent their honeymoon on Bimini, while the 1926 hurricane blue across the island on its way to Miami.

Dinner Key Airport

by William E. Brown, Jr.
Pan American Airways operated an airport at Dinner Key for its seaplanes during the 1930. Pan Am’s archives, from which this article’s illustrations come are at the University of Miami Library.

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Vol. 24, no. 2 (Summer 1996) – Special Miami Centennial Issue

How to Make a Miami Centennial Quilt

by Ellen Kanner
Quilters as diverse as Miami itself tell the city’s hundred years of history with Miami’s Centennial Quilt.

Miami's Poetic Farmer

by Helen Muir
Robert Frost, the New England bard, took the road more traveled when he set out for Miami in 1934 in search of a winter home.

Swims with Iguanas: Memories of Marie Anderson

by Randy F. Nimnicht
The museum’s president remembers journalist Marie Anderson.

Miami: the First Hundred Years

by Paul S. George
Historian Paul George introduces the reader to the history of the City of Miami.

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