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Events

Upcoming Lectures: 2017

Alligator-reef-lhLighthouses of the Florida Keys
Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 at 3pm
The Lighthouses of the Florida Keys run from Loggerhead Key in the Dry Tortugas to just south of Miami. The majority are located offshore, along the edge of the reef, and most are not open to visitation. Many interesting lighthouses have been lost and replaced by more modern lights, while others may soon be lost to the ravages of time. Join Richard Johnson, member of the Egmont Key Alliance to learn the fascinating history of these buildings in the sea.

Admission is FREE but donations are appreciated. Seating is first come first serve, beginning at 2:30. FMM members can reserve seats by calling (941) 708-6120

Manatee River Pram Fleet
Wednesday, January 17th, 2018 at 3pm75a31e5c52c0e2c7ef5abd5fc23c558d
Join Merab – Michal Favorite, a former journalist, author of two Images of America books, to take a look at the origins of the Manatee River Pram Fleet. This institution has offered sailing classes to Manatee County children since the 1940s. The fleet is made up of Optimist Prams, or Optis, which are considered to be the world’s largest class of one-design boats. Today Optis are made of fiberglass but the wooden prototype was invented in the garage of Clearwater. resident Clark Mills. The boat, designed for children under 16, served as the vessel in which many children in Manatee County learned to sail.

Admission is FREE but donations are appreciated. Seating is first come first serve, beginning at 2:30. FMM members can reserve seats by calling (941) 708-6120

EXHIBIT: Cuban Ranchos in Tampa Bay

On Exhibit: October 12th – December 15th, 2017

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Did you know that seasonal visitors are nothing new to Florida? For more than 100 years, between the mid-1800s, Cuban fishermen set up seasonal fishing camps along our coast where they would catch fish, salt them, and send them back to Cuba to sell. Explore what brought these visitors to our shores and what happened to them in our upcoming exhibit on Cuban Fishing Ranchos. This exhibit was produced in partnership with the Florida Public Archaeology Network and the University of West Florida.