The Key West Art & Historical Society Welcomes Families to Fort East Martello Museum on Community Day
July 26, 2023 – (KEY WEST, FL). On Sunday, August 6, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., join the staff of the Fort East Martello Museum, located at 3501 South Roosevelt Boulevard, to explore one of the island’s Civil War-era forts and its exhibits which encompass our rich and diverse history. Dubbed “Family Museum Day,” the program is designed to coincide with the Society’s wildly popular Community Day, a day offering free museum admission for Monroe County residents the first Sunday of each month.
While on the property, families are invited to take a self-guided tour of the fort and citadel, explore the outdoor sculpture garden, and view artwork created by celebrated Keys folk artist Stanley Papio. In addition to free admission, adults and children are encouraged to explore the history of aviation in Key West by joining Society educators Miss Kassandra and Miss Jenni in the air-conditioned Lee Garrison Classroom to make their very own popsicle stick airplanes.
“Soon after Flagler’s Overseas Railroad began service, a new mode of transportation gained popularity around the globe. Flying became the rage, offering the swiftest way to travel from one place to another. By the 1920s, luxury flights carried passengers throughout North America, the Caribbean and South America. Key West became a principal connecting city on these routes,” says Education Specialist Kassandra Collett. “Juan Terry Trippe started Pan American Airways in Key West in 1927, making the island the birthplace of one of the most successful airlines in history. We are excited to commemorate this aviation milestone during our free Family Museum Day program.”
The Family Museum Day program is free and open to the public. Registration is not required, and all supplies will be provided by the Key West Art & Historical Society. For additional information about the program, visit kwahs.org/upcoming-events. You can also contact Collett at 305-295-6616 x504 or firstname.lastname@example.org. This project is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and the State of Florida, with additional support provided by The Helmerich Trust. Your Museums. Your Community. It takes an Island.
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