Currently HistoryMiami Museum is closed but we will continue to monitor the situation and update our website accordingly – as well as post updates to our social media platforms – regarding our plans to reopen. During this time, we encourage you to stay engaged with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @historymiami.
We thank you for standing with us as we continue to serve our community during these difficult days. Members have always played a key role in our success. We appreciate your support now more than ever.
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Please note that your member discount will always be applied at the end of your registration transaction or ticket purchase.
80th Annual Membership Meeting
If you missed the Annual Membership Meeting, don’t worry, you can see it on YouTube.
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Every Thursday, you will receive a newsletter, #HMMOnDemand. It’s filled with wonderful videos, Miami Stories, and links to our many online resources. Stay connected with your museum, history, and community, through social media and by #HMMOnDemand.
Take a moment to visit us online and watch, read, or listen to the Miami Stories that have been shared by others in our community. Everybody has a story; we want to hear yours. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram, where we’re posting new stories.
Did You know?
The recent Cares Act provides for a $300 deduction for charitable donations, even if you do not itemize your taxes. If you can at this time, we ask you to consider making a donation to HistoryMiami Museum. Thank you for your generosity as we work toward opening our doors again to the community.
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Your History on Demand
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See Dr. Paul George, our artists in residence, Miami Stories shared by the community and much more!
Embracing the Lens: The BlackFlorida Project POSTPONED
Michele L. Zakis
Michele L. Zakis is a native Miamian and graduate of Miami-Dade Community College, Florida International University, and Spalding University. A former school administrator, she now teaches language arts and social studies to middle school students. She is the author of Peace Among the Palms: South Dade’s Palms Memorial Cemetery and An Attack of Influenza: The Impact of the Spanish Influenza Epidemic of October 1918 on Miami, Florida and Its Residents, both of which appeared in Tequesta. Ms. Zakis is currently working on two novels for young adults and Every Stone Tells a Story, a history of Miami-Dade County as told through its cemeteries. (Very cool!)
HMM: When did you discover HistoryMiami Museum?
MZ: I think I first discovered the museum when, somewhere around the seventh or eighth grade, I signed up for a history competition being held at the former home of HistoryMiami Museum at the Museum of Science, near Vizcaya. I did not do well. At around that same time, my mother and I began visiting the museum’s annual Harvest Fair each year. I clearly remember the historic re-enactments, an exhibit on Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Alamo, and the delicious conch fritters.
I discovered HistoryMiami, in earnest, back in 2007, after taking Dr. Paul George’s Stiltsville Boat Tour with my mother. Dr. George mentioned the South Florida History class he taught at Miami-Dade College, my mom and I signed up, and we began taking part in HistoryMiami tours on a regular basis. I’ve been participating in HistoryMiami tours and events ever since that time.
HMM: When did you decide to become a member?
MZ: I’m not sure when my mother purchased our family membership, but, when she passed away in 2018, there was no doubt that I would continue being a member.
HMM: What are two of your favorite museum activities?
MZ: I thoroughly enjoy the City tours, both those conducted by Dr. George and the newer Cultural Encounters experiences offered through the South Florida Folklife Center. From impromptu refreshments inside some of Miami’s most historic homes to watching a session with a preeminent local Santero, these tours cast a spotlight on Miami’s one-of-a-kind people and places.
I also enjoy participating in exhibit openings. I’ve had fascinating discussions with exhibit curators and museum educators. Their knowledge and passion have greatly enhanced my appreciation for both the topic on display and the hard work that goes into creating each and every HistoryMiami exhibit.
HMM: Do you feel that the membership benefits you receive are worthwhile?
MZ: I definitely see the membership benefits that I receive as worthwhile. I eagerly await a return to the exhibit openings, special events, and member tours that I enjoy because of my membership.
HMM: Has being a member of HistoryMiami Museum enriched your life?
MZ: There is no doubt that my membership has enriched my life. I will always treasure the experiences it allowed me to have with my mother and the friendships it’s encouraged me to form. When I wrote the creative thesis for my MFA degree, Miami was as much a living, breathing entity as any of the human characters. The deep appreciation that I have for Miami’s history would not have been possible without the experiences I’ve had because of my affiliation with HistoryMiami Museum.
HMM: What is your message to fellow members during this difficult time?
MZ: Devastating hurricanes, political unrest, drug wars and rampant crime. Miami has seen its fair share of turbulent times. The COVID-19 Pandemic represents another difficult chapter in our city’s history. My heart breaks for those who’ve lost loved ones and those suffering financial hardships during these trying times. I am convinced, however, that, as a community, we will get through this and, when this unfortunate chapter in our history draws to a close, our city will emerge better and stronger than ever before. It’s what we do. We’re Miamians.
Photo: Michele Zakis on the Miami City Cemetery tour
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Your Member Resources
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Your Tequesta Journal
All current HistoryMiami Museum members have received a free digital copy of the 2019 Tequesta journal via email. This historical journal has been published since 1940 and is a great resource for local history. You can access the digital journal here.
Members, if you do not receive your digital copy via email, please contact Member Services at (305) 375-1618 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. A free digital copy of the 2015-2018 volumes of Tequesta journal is available upon request.
If you would like to purchase a paperback copy of Tequesta on Amazon please click here. The cost is $5.50 plus shipping (if applicable).