Although the museum is temporarily closed for renovation, we have been working diligently throughout the summer.
During that time, The Miami Springs Historical Society conducted a self-study with the American Alliance of Museums. (http://aam-us.org/resources/assessment-programs/MAP ). It is a process that leads to strengthening our organization and to possible future national accreditation. At the end of this project we will emerge with an analysis of our strengths, weaknesses and opportunities, and a prioritized roadmap for improving operations and meeting national standards.
On Monday, August 11th, Lindsey Baker visited from Washington D.C. to conduct a site visit. The Society met with participants in a community forum that explored the past and future of the Miami Springs Historical Museum. It was a productive event where we heard your thoughts about building a better museum.
Everyone's contribution was valuable to building a stronger and better museum. Thanks to eveyone that attended!
MSHS Celebrates 4th of July With The Springs!
Again this year, The MS Historical Society displayed our pride of country. Special thanks go to both Suzie Roetz for staffing our information table, and to Alexandra Someillan for coordinating our participation in the parade and the day’s events. Our volunteers make it happen!
Saturday, April 26
Historical Coach Tour of Miami Springs
The Miami Springs Historical Society toured again this year many of our historical sites in Miami Springs. It was a trip back in time to the early days of our Curtiss-Bright community by the river. Participants xplored the largest collection of Pueblo Mission inspired architecture in Florida. It was a fun opportunity to learn more about this pioneering town of old Miami, in the heart of today’s cosmopolitan city.
Thursday April 3rd - MSHS Speakers Series:
The History of Homestead Florida
with Seth Bramson
Seth H.Bramson spoke about his new book Homestead, Florida - From Railroad Boom to Sonic Boom, that he co-authored with Bob Jensen. From Railroad Boom to Sonic Boom tells the story of Homestead Florida. Branson has lived in the Miami area since 1946 and is nationally known as the foremost authority on the history of transportation to, from, and within Florida. He is Company Historian of the Florida East Coast Railway and the author of Speedway to Sunshine, the history of that famous line, as well as The Curtiss-Bright Cities: Hialeah, Miami Springs & Opa Locka. . He is America's single most-published Florida history book author, with sixteen of his twenty-two books dealing directly with the villages, towns, cities, counties, people and businesses of the South Florida Gold Coast.
MSHS Speakers Series:
Antique Watches and Clocks: What Should We Know
Peter Klein shared with us his joy of timepieces. During the night he showed the audience many unique antiques from his private collection. Peter is the Treasurer for National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors, Florida Gold Coast Chapter 60. Chartered in 1970, it is the second Florida Chapter to serve Dade, Monroe, Broward, and Palm Beach counties. The NAWCC exists to advance the art and science of horology (timekeeping). The NAWCC actively serves the public and supports its members by providing educational opportunities, encouraging preservation, facilitating research, publishing horological works, providing online venues for information exchange, and sponsoring events.
MSHS Speakers Series:
Donald Worth: Preserving a Miami Treasure
The Historical Society welcomed Don Worth on Thursday February 6 at 7:30 pm at the Curtiss Mansion. A long time preservationist, Don spearheaded the first photography exhibit of Miami Modern (MiMo) architecture that traveled to the Municipal Art Society in New York City in 2002. In 2006, he and his wife Nina Weber Worth developed a series of exchanges with Shanghai which ultimately led to a photography exhibit and book entitled “Art Deco in Shanghai and Miami Beach”. In 2008, he Co-Founded Friends of Miami Marine Stadium (http://www.marinestadium.org) along with Jorge Hernandez and Hilario Candela, the architect who designed the Miami Marine Stadium in 1963. After four years of advocacy, the Friends of Miami Marine Stadium entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Miami in March, 2012 to develop a plan to restore and operate the Marine Stadium.
The Miami Springs Historical Society enjoyed our annual Holiday Tour of Homes. Participants saw and heard the stories of local homes and families, some dating back to 1929. The tour was an opportunity to meet neighbors while sharing the history of Miami Springs. All received a map with the location of each home to visit at their leisure. After touring the homes, the festivites moved to the Woman's Club for a party to celebrate the holidays.
Thursday December 5th 7:30 pm at the Curtiss Mansion
MSHS Salutes Pan American Airways:
Fasten YourSeat Belts!
The Society enjoyed an evening of looking back to Miami Springs’ not too distant past as a pioneering airline community. We relived the days when flying was a different way of traveling. Members of the “World Wings” Organization shared stories of their experiences as Pan Am Stewardesses. Speakers included Jon Nell Burnstein, Gail Jennings, and Irene Schwartz. The presentation took place during the Miami Springs Historical Society’s general meeting at the Curtiss Mansion (500 Deer Run, Miami Springs) on Thursday December 5th.
With this year marking the 500th Anniversary of the Spanish arriving on Florida's shores, Dr. Juan Rera shared an insightful and entertaining view of their arrival.
Dr. Juan L. Riera is a native of Miami and earned his doctorate in colonial Latin American history, archaeology, and museum studies from Texas Tech. He specializes in colonial Latin American history with an emphasis on Florida and on maritime history of the Spanish empire during the age of sail. Dr. Riera has six years teaching experience at universities such as Texas Tech University and Wayland Baptist University; eight years of museum work at Mystic Seaport and the Historical Museum of Southern Florida; and he has worked for the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research. He has participated in archaeological digs in Florida and Texas and has conducted research in numerous libraries and archives including the national archives in Seville, Spain. Dr. Riera currently works at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum, teaches at the University of Miami, and lectures at Nova Southeastern University.
The first Fun-fundraiser of the year, a “Home-style Dinner” at Johnny’s, 45 Curtiss Parkway, took place on September 22nd, 5 to 8 P.M. Along with dinner and drinks, participants enjoyed music from the 50’s and 60’s by our Karaoke DJ, Jim Borgmann. Johnny’s has an Angel, so 100% of the money went to benefit the Museum. These donations are helping us move faster in our transition to our new museum location at 501 East Drive. Our appreciation and thanks go to Johnny’s Angel and the helpers.
The Miami Springs Historical Society held its Fall Kickoff Party on Sunday, September 8th from 7:30 - 10:30 pm. The event was held at the historic "Alamo" home of Frank and Yvonne Schonberger, (the former home of Lua Curtiss, Glenn Curtiss's mother). The "Fall Kick Off Party" was a great opportunity to meet new people, enjoy fine foods and refreshments. Those in attendance got together with old friends and learned more about the Miami Spring Historical Society and upcoming plans for the coming year.
This year's officers were introduced and a synopsis of the year’s planned events was given. President Beverly Roetz also gave an update on the future of the MS Historical Museum. The museum is moving out of its current location on Westward Drive. A site at 501 East Drive, across from the middle school, is the site of the new museum.