History lovers can learn more about the Magic City during the Miami and South Florida History (AMH 2079) class being offered at the Miami Dade College (MDC) Wolfson Campus, 300 NE Second Ave., on Thursday evenings beginning Jan. 7 through Apr. 28. Class hours are 5:40 to 8:10 p.m.
Notable historian and MDC faculty member Dr. Paul George will teach the class that will include classroom lectures; visits to historical libraries, repositories and exhibits; video and slide presentations, and tours of Greater Miami’s historic neighborhoods.
During the 16-week course, students will learn about the Bahamian settlers who developed Coconut Grove; the Homesteading Era; the Julia Tuttle and Henry Flagler pact and the entry of the Florida East Coast Railway; the impact of the Great Depression on South Florida; the backstory of Miami’s historic places and other pioneers; the Tequesta Indians’ significance to the city of Miami, and the Seminole wars; the roaring 1920s and the great real estate boom of the 1920s; Key West’s role in the region’s history; the Depression Era in Miami and South Florida; the Cuban refugee success story; Miami’s emergence as an international city, and much more.
This course accounts for three credits toward teacher recertification.
Dr. George is widely recognized by the media and the South Florida community as the region’s foremost historian. He is often interviewed regarding key historical facts about the region and beyond.