In the interest of safety for our visitors and staff, and following guidance from local, state, and federal officials, HistoryMiami Museum will be closed to the public effective March 13, 2020.
The Museum will continue to monitor the situation and update our website at historymiami.org 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 Instagram and Twitter at @historymiami.
We thank you for your understanding as we work together to serve our community during this challenging time.
HistoryMiami Museum celebrates its 80th birthday this year. Members have always played a key role in our success and longevity. Thank you for being a member and for helping us tell Miami’s stories, every day for 80 years! We truly appreciate you.
Here you will find exclusive Members-Only events, special offers offers and discounts for members. Each month we also highlight one member in our Member Spotlight. Always check this page so you don’t miss a thing.
Never Miss a Member Event or Discount
Create your online member account today to automatically receive free museum admission, tour, and special event discounts and exclusive access to Members Only events. All you need is your email and a unique password.
Please note that your member discount will always be applied at the end of your registration transaction.
Members Only Group on Facebook
Stay social and connected to all the fun happenings at your museum and around town. Join the HistoryMiami Museum Members Facebook group today. It’s all about you.
What’s Next at the Museum?
Stay up to date with all HistoryMiami Museum events and programs with our online calendar. Plesae check our calendar for any cancellations.
The 2020 Miami International Map Fair is CANCELED.
As a precautionary measure for the health and well-being of our valued members. dealers and guests, HistoryMiami Museum has canceled the 2020 Miami International Map Fair and all related events.
Our Map Fair is an international event, drawing dealers, collectors and others from a number of countries and from throughout North America. Their health and the health of those in our community with whom they would be in contact is our first priority.
Although the 34 dealers will not be in Miami for 2020, we invite you to visit their websites. They will be very glad for your interest. Click here for a list of the dealers.
80th Annual Membership Meeting-POSTPONED
More details on the new date will follow.
Members Only Brewery Tour-POSTPONED
100 NE 1 Ave, Floor 3
April is Membership Month and we are ending it with some fun at the newest downtown craft beer hot spot, located in a truly historic building. Savor Biscayne Bay Brewing Company’s crafted beers. Enjoy a free glass of brew, some light nibbles and a behind the scenes brewery tour with brewery President Jose Mallea. We will finish off the evening with a tasting of Biscayne Bay’s remarkable beers.
Street parking available near the Brewery.
A Night to Remember!
80th Anniversary Flamingo Ball @ Hialeah Park-POSTPONED
Get ready to swing into the 40s with the 4th Annual Flamingo Ball presented by Hialeah Park! We are swinging back to the year 1940, the year HistoryMiami Museum was founded, for a fun and philanthropic night. Enjoy a lavish stone crab buffet, music, and dancing. We will also be presenting The Graham Companies with the prestigious Henry Flagler Award.
Attire is black tie or 40s inspired attire.
William and Leona Cooper celebrating 25th wedding anniversary with family in 1975 – Photo Credit: Florida Photographic Collection
Left to right: Leona L. Cooper Baker (sister-in-law), Clarice C. Cooper (oldest daughter), Wilhemina A. Cooper (2nd oldest daughter), Lealie Helen Cooper (youngest daughter), Leona Helen Ferguson Cooper (wife), William Alexander Cooper (husband), Leon John Ferguson (Leona’s father); seated: William Paul Cooper (son).
Leona H. Cooper
Leona H. Cooper was born in Nassau, N.P. Bahamas in 1932 and migrated to south Florida as a teenager. Upon her graduation from Miami’s Booker T. Washington High School, she began her 40+ year career in medical technology in the clinical laboratories medical at local hospitals, retiring in 2002 from the Miami Veterans Hospital as a Supervisory Microbiologist.
Mrs. Cooper resides in Coral Gables and has served on several boards in the city, and with her late husband, William A. Cooper, became very active in the Lola B. Walker Homeowners Association. A life-long Roman Catholic, she founded in 1986, the St. Martin de Porres Association, an organization committed to improving the status of Black Lay Catholics in the Archdiocese of Miami. She has received numerous awards for her professional, civic and religious accomplishments. Most notably were the presentation of the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Award from Pope John Paul II in December 1992, and the dedication in 2007 of the “Leona Ferguson Cooper Playground” for children Miami-Dade County’s owned and operated Women’s Park”.
We thank Leona for sharing her story with us:
“I initially heard about the historical museum in the early 1980’s through media accounts of the County’s plans to create a cultural arts center in Downtown Miami. My family had always patronized the public library system and was delighted to hear that two new museums dedicated to art and history were being developed at the Cultural Plaza.
After visiting the museum, I chose to become a member of HistoryMiami because I truly believe that any venture that enhances the community’s awareness of its historical treasures deserved my support.
There have been many outstanding exhibitions. Thinking back, my favorite exhibition was one that highlighted the contributions of the early settlers in Miami from the Bahamas, from which I hail. The exhibit was very informative and well attended. It made me see my own story within the walls of the museum.
There are many things that the museum does well, but to me, the most important thing that it does for our community is educating all people, locals, tourists, adults and children, about the area’s history through its exhibitions, programs, Family Fun Days and other related events.
I would encourage every tourist and resident of Miami-Dade County to visit the museum regularly and to become a member like me. I really enjoy receiving the notices on upcoming exhibits and events. The programs are wide-ranging, so there is something for everyone. I am very pleased with the accomplishments of the museum and its staff and intend to continue my support of this institution.”
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Your Member Resources
Doing research? Love historic photographs? Need a copy of a past HistoryMiami Museum publication? Exploring your own family history? The Archives and Research Center at HistoryMiami Museum has what you need.
Your membership helps support our Collections and the conservation of the rich history of South Florida. Thank you for helping us care for our heritage.
Click here to access the great resources of the museum’s Archives and Research Center.
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Your Tequesta Journal
All current HistoryMiami Museum members will receive a free digital copy of the 2018 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 email@example.com. A free digital copy of the 2015-2017 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).