In Class with Dr. George: The History of Florida
Thursdays from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Museum Members: $175, Non-Members: $225
Meet at HistoryMiami Museum, 101 West Flagler Street, Miami, Florida 33130
Thursday, October 3rd
Thursday, October 10th
Thursday, October 17th
Thursday, October 24th
Thursday, October 31st
Join HistoryMiami Museum’s Resident Historian, Dr. Paul S. George, for a series of Thursday classes that will cover a variety of topics about the history of Florida and will include: lectures, discussion, visits to HistoryMiami Museum’s exhibitions, as well as visits to historic sites in Downtown Miami.
Each class session will include a one-hour lecture followed by a one-hour tour of the Museum or walking tour of Downtown Miami.
Class registration includes all five classes in the semester. There are no make-up days should you miss a class.
A Message from Resident Historian, Dr. Paul S. George:
Our class will take us from the topic of Florida’s unique topography and its native populations to the Spanish and British colonial eras to Territorial Florida and Statehood. From there, we will look briefly at the folly of secession, the Civil War and Reconstruction. The Gilded Age that followed was instrumental to Florida’s development as northern investment moved in and the tiny state (in terms of population) began developing quickly.
The new century brought sustained growth, speculative real estate ventures and development, and military bases. Florida as a resort Mecca was also firmly established in the century’s early decades. World War II not only brought hundreds of thousands of soldiers and sailors to the Sunshine State, but it also served as a launching pad from the most explosive growth in the state’s history. The space program, new, planned residential communities, a booming medical and higher educational sector, and various cultural contributions are just some of the elements of Florida’s development story in the past fifty years. Today, the Sunshine State claims 19.3 million persons, placing it third in size among states in the U.S.
There is no better place to study Florida history than at HistoryMiami Museum with its rich resources. Our class will explore Florida’s rich history through lectures, Q and A, images, and tours to historic sites, exhibitions and a film repository. Through these tours, we will employ Miami as a microcosm for the state’s story over the centuries and even millennia.
About Resident Historian, Dr. Paul S. George:
For more than three decades, Dr. Paul George has toured his way to local, national, and international acclaim with his continuing series of historic tours. As a South Florida native, author, and former university professor, Dr. George has gained fame for his uncanny ability to recall the most impressive details about the people and places that make South Florida so unique.
Recommended Reading: Gannon, Michael. Florida: A Short History. University Press of Florida, 2003.