South Florida History

Vol. 33, no. 1 (2005)

The Florida Home

by Stephen Stuempfle, Ph.D.
The Florida Home: Modern Living, 1945-1965 focuses on the architectural innovations in postwar South Florida, such as screened patios, porches and sliding glass doors, that allowed residents to enjoy the year-round warmth and lush landscape native to our area.

His Brother’s Keeper: Addison and Wilson Mizner

Relive the Florida land boom of the 1920s from the perspective of these charming, larger-than-life figures in Palm Beach history.

Toussaint Louverture: The Road to Glory

by Jean Matheson
Uncover the captivating details of the life and struggle of the founding father of the Republic of Haiti.

Haiti: The Architectural Heritage

by the Institute de Sauvegarde de Patrimoine National (ISPAN), Ministere de La Culture, Haiti
Discover the diverse architectural heritage of this island nation, as well as its built environment, history and urban centers.

Miami’s Roads Neighborhood

by Paul S. George, Ph.D.
In a time when most center city neighborhoods that were once vibrant have experienced a decline, “The Roads” has always been, and remains today, one of the most desirable and expensive neighborhoods in Miami.

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Vol. 33, no. 2 (2005)

Exploring the South Florida Frontier

by Dinizului Gene Tinnie
While for European settlers, the frontier of Florida meant opportunity, for African Americans and Native Americans, it often meant disregard, disrespect or destruction of their way of life or the lands where they had resided.

The Ox-Woman of South Florida

by Arthur E. Chapman and Paul S. George, Ph.D.
The tale of the “Ox-Woman” illustrates the strength—both in body and in spirit—of South Florida’s early pioneers.

Hammock Land

by Richard Irving Broughton
Discover the diverse architectural heritage of this island nation, as well as its built environment, history and urban centers.

South Florida’s Congressman: Dante Fascell

by Anne Sherman
During his 38-year career as a U.S. congressman, Dante Fascell was an active proponent of human rights both on American soil and beyond and was instrumental in shaping our nation’s foreign policy.

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Vol. 34, no. 1 (2006)

Judge Henry Fulton Atkinson

by Judge Scott Silverman & Paul S. George, Ph.D.
Judge “Ad,” as he was commonly referred to, was an esteemed and revered judge of Dade County’s 11th Judicial Circuit Court in the early 1900s who had a profound impact on the legal community, both inside and outside the courtroom.

Miami’s Bayfront Park: A History

by Paul S. George, Ph.D.
Discover the continuing transformation Bayfront Park has undergone since it first opened more than 80 years ago, mirroring the changes and needs of the vibrant community surrounding it. Read the interesting history.

Miami Beach’s Art Deco Architecture & the New Deal

by Jeff Donnelly
Thanks to the positive economic effects of the New Deal, Miami Beach saw an influx of tourists and entrepreneurs in the 1930s who demanded a more modern approach to architecture, giving birth to the Art Deco style.

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Vol. 34, no. 2 (2006)

The Koreshan Communitarian Experiment

by Dr. Irvin D.S. Winsboro
Learn about the many contributions the Koreshan Unity, a major American utopian community, made to the town of Estero in their short-lived “golden years.”

The DesRochers Family

by Dr. Arthur Chapman
The DesRochers family is a true pioneer family of Miami—they were the first to be married in the Lemon City Baptist Church, one of the first to move from an open well to a water pump and founded the only general store between Little River and Miami.

Miami & the Prins Valdemar

by Alice L. Luckhardt
In the 30 years it spent in Miami, the Prins Valdemar, a Danish barkentine sailing ship, served as a merchant ship, a floating hotel and even an aquarium.

The Tale of Two Piers

by Dr. Paul S. George, Ph.D.
Elser’s Recreation Pier and Pier Five drew tourists and locals alike with their boisterous and lively atmospheres, food, shops, games, dances and a magnificent fishing fleet.

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Vol. 34, no 3 (2006)

South Florida’s Mercurial Relationship with Baseball

by Eliot Kleinberg
Relive the heartbreak of the long-dashed hopes of having a major league franchise and the excitement of the birth of the Florida Marlins in 1991.

Florida Women’s Page Journalists Spread News of a Movement

by Kimberly Wilmot Voss, Ph.D.
Progressive women’s page editors in South Florida used their positions to educate women in the community on issues such as domestic violence, sexual harassment, workplace inequities and birth control.

Anne Mergen: Miami’s Trailblazing Editorial Cartoonist

by Joan Mergen Bernhardt and Paul S. George, Ph.D.
Anne Mergen’s award-winning cartoons raised awareness of important local and global social and political issues.

A Brief History of Venice

by Tracie L. Dickerson
Discover how two families, a farmer, a prominent Chicago socialite, a doctor and an engineers’ union shaped what became the city of Venice, Florida.

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