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Historic Tours with Dr. Paul George
Eco-tours and Lectures

For information and reservations, call 305-375-1621, Monday-Friday 10 am to 4:30 pm.

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For almost two decades, Dr. Paul George, historian for the Historical Museum of Southern Florida, has toured his way to local, national and international acclaim with his continuing series of historic tours. As a South Florida native, author and Miami-Dade Community College 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.

2005: November | December
2006: January | February | March | April | May | June

November

 

Saturday
November 5
10 am - 1 pm

New!

Matheson Hammock Eco History Walk

Walk with the Historical Museum's eco-historian Frank Schena through Matheson Hammock. Hear about its distant past as an Indian hunting ground and marvel at the diversity of flora and fauna there today. Learn how this land, once an estate, became Miami-Dade's first county park and how the Civilian Conservation Corps designed, constructed and "tamed" the park to make it suitable for human use.

Postponed to April 22, 2006.
 

Sunday
November 6
10 am - 1 pm

Stiltsville and Key Biscayne Boat Tour

Enjoy this beautiful boat trip with the Historical Museum's Dr. Paul George to one of Miami's hidden gems, Stiltsville, a remnant community of seven houses perched on stilts in the middle of the crystal turquoise waters. See the dazzling Cape Florida Lighthouse and learn about the history of Key Biscayne. Be entertained by stories of fabulous parties and nefarious mobsters as dolphins follow the boat.

HMSF members $34, Non-members $39.

Advance reservations and payment required.
For reservations, call **, Monday-Friday 10 am to 4:30 pm.
 

Sunday
November 13
10 am - 1 pm

Fort Lauderdale Intracoastal and New River Boat Tour

Head up north to the Gold Coast with the Historical Museum's Dr. Paul George and cruise along the New River, the waterway that cuts through the heart of Fort Lauderdale. Feast your eyes on the stunningly beautiful architecture of mansions on the Intracoastal Waterway. See the Finger Islands, Tarpon Bend, Colee Hammock, the historic district, Riverwalk and the Stranahan House. View the site of two forts from which the city derives it name, as well as the Middle River, Birch State Park, Bonnet House and bustling Port Everglades.

Cancelled due to Hurricane Wilma.
 

Sunday
November 20
10 am - noon

New!

Frontier Fort Lauderdale: Riverwalk and Stranahan House Walking Tour

Explore the roots of frontier Fort Lauderdale with the Historical Museum's Dr. Paul George. Walk through this oak-shaded waterfront park on the old trading post site along the New River. Travel back in time as you stroll through the 1913 restored home of Fort Lauderdale's first postmaster, Frank Stranahan, and wife Ivy Cromartie, pioneer schoolteacher. (The house is on the National Register of Historic Places.) Imagine the distant sounds of parties and dances on the upper floor of the residence and learn about Stranahan's fascinating life and tragic death.

Meet in front of the Stranahan House, 335 SE 6th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale.

HMSF members $15, Non-members $20.
 

Sunday
November 27
10 am - 1 pm

Miami River Boat Tour

Enjoy this relaxing ride with the Historical Museum's Dr. Paul George, along the same banks where ancient Tequesta Indians settled. See the famous Miami Circle archaeological site near the mouth of the Miami River. Witness the colorful tugboats, Haitian freighters, houseboats and drawbridges that bring life to the river. Discover the lesser-known Miami River communities, parks, restaurants, freshwater springs and the site of the rapids, and possibly see manatees along the way, while hearing about Miami's early history.

HMSF members $34, Non-members $39.

Advance reservations and payment required.
For reservations, call **, Monday-Friday 10 am to 4:30 pm.
 

December

 

Thursday
December 1
7 pm

New!

A History of the Miami River

See the Miami River photographs of Dr. Elliot William Salloway and learn about the history of the Miami River during this fascinating presentation. Dr. Paul George will be co-presenter, lending his historical expertise to the program.

Historical Museum of Southern Florida, 101 West Flagler Street, Miami.

Free.
 

Saturday
December 3
10 am - 1 pm

New!

Arch Creek and Enchanted Forest Eco History Walk

See these pleasant north Miami-Dade parks, rich in archaeological history, with the Historical Museum's eco-historian Frank Schena. Witness the site of a historic coontie mill and walk through sprawling oak trees, hardwood forests and a diversity of wildlife. See the location of the original arch for which the creek was named, an oolitic limestone bridge that collapsed in 1973. (Back in the 1800s, the Arch Creek Bridge was the only way to pass from Fort Dallas to Fort Lauderdale.) Learn the history of conservation efforts to preserve these parks from development and maintain their ecological charm.

Meet at the Enchanted Forest parking lot, 1725 NE 135 Street.

HMSF members $10, Non-members $15.
 

January

 

Saturday
January 14
9:30 am - 3:30 pm

New!

Chokoloskee, Everglades City and Smallwood Store Coach Tour

Travel in an air-conditioned coach through the Everglades to Chokoloskee, home of Smallwood Store, and marvel at this bit of living history with the Historical Museum's eco-historian Frank Schena. Enjoy a special talk by the proprietor of the store. Learn how Chokoloskee, home of Calusa Indians since prehistoric times, became the trade center for homesteaders throughout the Ten Thousand Islands region. Hear how Charles "Ted" Smallwood and George Storter made their livings as merchants when Everglades City and Chokoloskee were just recovering from hurricanes in 1909 and 1910. Learn of the vigilante murder of a suspected local killer, an event featured in the book, Killing Mister Watson, by Peter Matthiesson. Tour includes a stop at Everglades photographer Clyde Butcher's gallery in Ochopee.

Includes box lunch.

HMSF members $25, Non-members $30.

Advance reservations and payment required.
For reservations, call **, Monday-Friday 10 am to 4:30 pm.
 

Sunday
January 15
10 am - 1 pm

New!

Miami's Brickell Hammock Eco History Walk

Walk with the Historical Museum's eco-historian Frank Schena through Brickell Hammock. Hear about its distant past as an Indian hunting ground and marvel at the diversity of flora and fauna there today. Discover a unique collection of plants as you learn about the history of this hammock including frontier days. See oolitic limestone bluffs in Alice Wainwright Park with extremely rare trees, orchids, bromeliads and ferns. Hear about the efforts to save these precious patches of tropical hammock.

Meet at the entrance to Alice Wainwright Park, next to Vizcaya, at 2845 Brickell Avenue.

HMSF members $10, Non-members $15.
 

Saturday
January 21, 2006
9:30 am-3:30 pm

New!

Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Museum Coach Tour

Travel in an air-conditioned coach to Clewiston, near Lake Okeechobee, with the museum's eco-historian Frank Schena. Explore the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Museum on a guided tour. See how the history and cultural traditions of the Seminole people are preserved. View artifacts and photographs depicting native customs and ceremonies, such as the Catfish and Corn Dances and visit a living Seminole village. Enjoy nature trails and a boardwalk that wind through the cypress swamp. Learn about the Seminole Wars and the Battle of Okeechobee.

Includes box lunch.

HMSF members $25, Non-members $30.

Advance reservations and payment required.
For reservations, call **, Monday-Friday 10 am to 4:30 pm.
 

Saturday
January 21
10 am - noon

Little Havana Bike Tour

Join the Historical Museum's Dr. Paul George on this classic tour through one of Miami's most exciting neighborhoods. Explore the bungalow architecture of South Florida. See the site of a Tequesta settlement on the Miami River, the old KKK building and the home of Elian Gonzalez. Marvel at the dexterity of old fashioned hand-rollers at a cigar factory and listen to the rhythmic "clack" of dominoes at the Domino Park. Smell the café con leche wafting through the air.

Meet at La Esquina de Tejas, 101 SW 12th Avenue, for complimentary beverages.

HMSF members $15, Non-members $20.
 

Sunday
January 22
10 am - noon

Roaming the Roads Walking Tour

Stroll this scenic pedestrian-friendly community located near Brickell Avenue, just a mile west of Downtown Miami, with the Historical Museum's Dr. Paul George. Learn about the families who settled this residential community in the 1920s and explore how this inner city oasis has evolved over the last 70 years. Visit the homes of past mayors and see the Greek Orthodox Church, Beth David Congregation and the historic Coral Gables trolley. Refreshments await you at the end of the tour.

Meet at the Roads Professional Building, 2730 SW Third Avenue.

HMSF members $15, Non-members $20.
 

Saturday
January 28
2 - 4 pm

South Florida History Challenge

Show how much you know about South Florida's rich history during the third annual History Challenge, hosted by the Historical Museum's Dr. Paul George. Join in the fun as a contestant or enjoy the entertainment as a spectator. Meet past winners. Great prizes for contestants and the audience.

For contestant applications and information, call 305.375.1621.

The two-hour game will take place at the Historical Museum of Southern Florida, 101 West Flagler Street, Miami.

Free with museum admission.
 

Sunday
January 29
10 am - 1 pm

North Bay to South Beach Boat Tour

Enjoy a leisurely cruise of Biscayne Bay with the Historical Museum's Dr. Paul George. Travel from the northern end of the bay near fabulous Indian Creek Village to sizzling South Beach. See the sites of homesteading communities Lemon City and Buena Vista, the islands that the artist Christo wrapped, and causeways, bridges and famous hotels that grew up around the water. Learn about the creation of Normandy, Sunset and Venetian Isles. Get a close-up view of the Flagler Memorial and the mansions on star-studded Star Island, as well as the house of infamous Al Capone on Palm Island.

HMSF members $34, Non-members $39.

Advance reservations and payment required.
For reservations, call **, Monday-Friday 10 am to 4:30 pm.
 

February

 

Sunday
February 5
10 am - 1 pm

Miami River Boat Tour

Enjoy this relaxing ride with the Historical Museum's Dr. Paul George, along the same banks where ancient Tequesta Indians settled. See the famous Miami Circle archaeological site near the mouth of the Miami River. Witness the colorful tugboats, Haitian freighters, houseboats and drawbridges that bring life to the river. Discover the lesser-known Miami River communities, parks, restaurants, freshwater springs and the site of the rapids, and possibly see manatees along the way, while hearing about Miami's early history.

HMSF members $34, Non-members $39.

Advance reservations and payment required.
For reservations, call **, Monday-Friday 10 am to 4:30 pm.
 

Sunday
February 12
5 - 7 pm

Coral Gables Twilight Walking Tour

Stroll with the Historical Museum's Dr. Paul George along the tree-canopied streets of the City Beautiful that George Merrick designed. This delightful evening tour highlights some of Coral Gables' most noted landmarks, including the Venetian Pool, Merrick House, the Biltmore Hotel and the DeSoto Fountain.

Meet at the Merrick House, 907 Coral Way.

HMSF members $15, Non-members $20.
 

Sunday
February 19
10 am - 1 pm

Mystery and Mayhem: Crime Coach Tour

Voted Best Tour Miami New Times

If you're ready to hear stories of mobsters, drug smugglers, and high profile kidnappings, then hop on this coach ride as Miami's colorful criminal past is revealed. Join the Historical Museum of Southern Florida and renowned historian, Dr. Paul George as we visit the Miami City Cemetery, the historic beach house of notorious gangster Al Capone, and the famed doorstep of late designer Gianni Versace. If you were entertained by films like Scarface or episodes of Miami Vice, you will be amazed by the actual capers that inspired such Hollywood drama.

HMSF Members $34, Non-Members $39. Advance reservations required.

Saturday
February 25
10 am -1 pm

New!

Sewell Park and Lummus Park Eco History Walk

Walk with the Historical Museum's eco-historian Frank Schena through Sewell Park. Experience a rare example of the Miami River's original natural environment of hardwood forest and towering royal palms perched high on a limestone bluff. Investigate some of the area's oldest buildings at nearby Lummus Park, including Fort Dallas (slave quarters constructed in 1849). Explore the Wagner homestead, a house built in the late 1850s for Wagner and his Creole wife.

Meet at Sewell Park, 1801 NW South River Drive.

HMSF members $10, Non-members $15.
 

Sunday
February 26
10 am - 1pm

Stiltsville and Key Biscayne Boat Tour

Enjoy this beautiful boat trip with the Historical Museum's Dr. Paul George to one of Miami's hidden gems, Stiltsville, a remnant community of seven houses perched on stilts in the middle of crystal turquoise waters. (The houses are now a part of Biscayne National Park.) See dazzling Cape Florida Lighthouse and learn about the history of Key Biscayne. Be entertained by stories of fabulous parties and nefarious mobsters as dolphins follow the boat.

HMSF members $34, Non-members $39.

Advance reservations and payment required.
For reservations, call **, Monday-Friday 10 am to 4:30 pm.
 

March

 

Sunday
March 5
9 - 11 am

Biscayne to Bacardi Bike and Skateboard Tour

Ride on bike or skateboard with the Historical Museum's Dr. Paul George through the hottest "new" area of Miami and learn about the area's fast-changing history. End at the beautiful blue and white-tiled Bacardi Building with a drawing for a special treat.

Meet at the Miami News/Freedom Tower, the beautifully restored classical building at 600 Biscayne Blvd.

HMSF members $15, Non-members $20.
 

Sunday
March 12
10 am - 1 pm

Miami River Boat Tour

Enjoy this relaxing ride with the Historical Museum's Dr. Paul George, along the same banks where ancient Tequesta Indians settled. See the famous Miami Circle archaeological site near the mouth of the Miami River. Witness the colorful tugboats, Haitian freighters, houseboats and drawbridges that bring life to the river. Discover the lesser-known Miami River communities, parks, restaurants, freshwater springs and the site of the rapids, and possibly see manatees along the way, while hearing about Miami's early history.

HMSF members $34, Non-members $39.

Advance reservations and payment required.
For reservations, call **, Monday-Friday 10 am to 4:30 pm.
 

Sunday
March 12
5 - 7 pm

Hollywood Twilight Walking Tour

Enjoy the palm-lined streets and Moorish architecture of this quaint coastal city with the Historical Museum's Dr. Paul George as the sun sets on its lively entertainment district full of twinkling lights. Learn about the historic community that boom-time developer Joseph Young converted from a square mile of mangrove swamp into a city of 18,000 in four years.

Meet at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, 1650 Harrison Street, Hollywood.

HMSF members $15, Non-members $20.
 

Saturday
March 18
10 am - 1 pm

New!

Early Miami Beach Boardwalk Eco History Walk

Gaze at the beautiful coastal scenery along the Boardwalk with the Historical Museum's eco-historian Frank Schena and learn about the struggles early arrivals faced in this once lonely stretch of land. Note how modern technology destroyed the mangrove forests that once covered the area, for the sake of human settlement. See the results of recent restoration of the fragile coastal strand ecosystem, while observing how its return complements the urban backdrop of modern Miami Beach.

Meet at 21st Street just east of Collins Avenue on the boardwalk in Miami Beach.

HMSF members $10, Non-members $15.
 

Sunday
March 19
10 am - noon

Coral Gables Bike Tour

Hop on two wheels for a scenic ride along the back roads and lush tree-lined streets of Coral Gables with the Historical Museum's Dr. Paul George. Explore the City Beautiful built by George Merrick from oolitic limestone in the early 1920s. Study the Mediterranean-style architecture and meticulously preserved historic landmarks. See the thematic villages, Merrick House, Venetian Pool and the celebrated fountains and entrances.

Meet in front of the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Avenue.

HMSF members $15, Non-members $20.
 

Sunday
March 26
10 am - 1 pm

Stiltsville and Key Biscayne Boat Tour

Enjoy this beautiful boat trip with the Historical Museum's Dr. Paul George to one of Miami's hidden gems, Stiltsville, a remnant community of seven houses perched on stilts in the middle of the crystal turquoise waters. See the dazzling Cape Florida Lighthouse and learn about the history of Key Biscayne. Be entertained by stories of fabulous parties and nefarious mobsters as dolphins follow the boat.

HMSF members $34, Non-members $39.

Advance reservations and payment required.
For reservations, call **, Monday-Friday 10 am to 4:30 pm.
 

Thursday
March 30
6 - 8 pm

New!

Caribbean River: Freighters on the Miami River

Get a slice of life on board the Haitian and Honduran freighters that ply the Miami River with this fascinating photo presentation by Dr. Elliot William Salloway.

Historical Museum of Southern Florida, 101 West Flagler Street, Miami.

Free.
 

April

 

Saturday
April 1
2 - 3 pm

Life on the Miami River: Then and Now

See little-known aspects of life along the Miami River with this fascinating photo presentation by Dr. Elliot William Salloway.

Historical Museum of Southern Florida, 101 West Flagler Street, Miami.

Free.
 

Friday
April 7
8 - 10 pm

Glittering Brickell Night Walking Tour

Stroll the beautiful streets of Brickell with the Historical Museum's Dr. Paul George on this delightful tour of the city's financial district. See Brickell Park and the site of the trading post where Mary and William Brickell traded with the Seminoles in the 1880s. Notice the history hidden between the blocks of new high rise condos and step back in time to a simpler day when Miami was an outpost on the river and Julia Tuttle grew orange trees along the shore.

Meet in front of St Jude Catholic Church, 1501 Brickell Avenue.

Bring a flashlight!

HMSF members $15, Non-members $20.
 

Saturday
April 8
10 am - 1 pm

New!

Pioneer Homestead with Mexican Lunch

Work up an appetite on this stroll along historic Krome Avenue in Homestead with the Historical Museum's Dr. Paul George. Pay a visit to the Old City Hall Museum to meet Ruth Campbell of the pioneer Campbell family and encounter an antique Homestead fire truck. Finish it all off by enjoying a delicious Mexican lunch of your choice at colorful Casita Tejas Restaurant. Mariachis may appear as an added treat.

Meet in front of the restaurant at 27 North Krome Avenue and park free next door.

HMSF members $15, Non-members $20. Price is for the tour only.

Lunch is about $8.

Advance registration is required for the lunch.
For reservations, call **, Monday-Friday 10 am to 4:30 pm.
 

Saturday
April 22
10 am - 1 pm

New!

Matheson Hammock Eco History Walk

Walk with the Historical Museum's eco-historian Frank Schena through Matheson Hammock. Hear about its distant past as an Indian hunting ground and marvel at the diversity of flora and fauna there today. Learn how this land, once an estate, became Miami-Dade's first county park and how the Civilian Conservation Corps designed, constructed and "tamed" the park to make it suitable for human use.

Meet at the parking area just east of the traffic light, at 9610 Old Cutler Road.

HMSF members $10, Non-members $15.
 

Saturday
April 29
10 am - 1 pm

Miami River Boat Tour

Enjoy this relaxing ride with the Historical Museum's Dr. Paul George, along the same banks where ancient Tequesta Indians settled. See the famous Miami Circle archaeological site near the mouth of the Miami River. Witness the colorful tugboats, Haitian freighters, houseboats and drawbridges that bring life to the river. Discover the lesser-known Miami River communities, parks, restaurants, freshwater springs and the site of the rapids, and possibly see manatees along the way, while hearing about Miami's early history.

HMSF members $34, Non-members $39.

Advance reservations and payment required.
For reservations, call **, Monday-Friday 10 am to 4:30 pm.
 

Sunday
April 30
1 - 4 pm

Many Faces of Miami Coach Tour

Explore some of Miami's unique neighborhoods that form a dazzling mosaic of sights, sounds and cultures along with the Historical Museum's Dr. Paul George. Enjoy a panoramic view of Bahamian Coconut Grove with its shotgun houses and historic Charlotte Jane Cemetery, see the Caribbean Marketplace in Little Haiti and encounter the scent of rich coffee and chocolate in a Dominican market. Hear the clack of dominoes in Domino Park and smell the scent of Cuban tobacco in a cigar factory in little Havana where everything is still hand-rolled.

HMSF members $34, Non-members $39.

Advance reservations and payment required.
For reservations, call **, Monday-Friday 10 am to 4:30 pm.
 

May

 

Friday
May 5
6 - 8 pm

New!

Secrets of Coconut Grove Twilight Walking Tour

Discover the charming history and hidden secrets of one of Miami's original settlements, Cocoanut Grove. Hear about the challenges faced by early Grove pioneers, Bahamian settlers and visiting Seminoles. Visit significant sites such as the Peacock Inn, Millionaire's Row, Plymouth Congregational Church and the Barnacle, the preserved home of Commodore Ralph Monroe.

Meet and park free at Miami City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Coconut Grove.

Bring a flashlight!

HMSF members $15, Non-members $20.
 

Thursday
May 11
6 - 8 pm

South Beach Art Deco Twilight Walk Tour

Witness the beauty and excitement of South Beach's Ocean Drive at night, as the Historical Museum's Dr. Paul George acquaints you with the neon-lit art deco hotels and abundant nightlife. Travel back in time to the 1930s and '40s when sudden economic prosperity swept over South Beach. See art deco buildings inspired by the streamlined age with stucco surfaces and clean lines. Relax in the lobby of the Essex Hotel and see the Wolfsonian's frozen fountain.

Meet on the beach side of 1300 Ocean Drive.

HMSF members $15, Non-members $20.
 

Sunday
May 14
10 am - 1 pm

Mother's Day Stiltsville and Key Biscayne Boat Tour

Bring Mom on this beautiful boat trip with the Historical Museum's Dr. Paul George to one of Miami's hidden gems, Stiltsville, a remnant community of seven houses perched on stilts in the middle of the crystal turquoise waters. See the dazzling Cape Florida Lighthouse and learn about the history of Key Biscayne. Be entertained by stories of fabulous parties and nefarious mobsters as dolphins follow the boat.

HMSF members $34, Non-members $39.

Advance reservations and payment required.
For reservations, call **, Monday-Friday 10 am to 4:30 pm.
 

June

 

Saturday
June 17
10 am - 1 pm

Father's Day Miami River Boat Tour

Bring Dad on this relaxing ride with the Historical Museum's Dr. Paul George along the same banks where ancient Tequesta Indians settled. See the famous Miami Circle archaeological site near the mouth of the Miami River. Witness the colorful tugboats, Haitian freighters, houseboats and drawbridges that bring life to the river's commerce. Discover the lesser-known Miami River communities, parks, restaurants, freshwater springs and the site of the rapids, and possibly see manatees along the way, while hearing about Miami's early history.

HMSF members $34, Non-members $39.

Advance reservations and payment required.
For reservations, call**, Monday-Friday 10 am to 4:30 pm.
 

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