Florida City’s 100th anniversary highlights museum’s reopening

Florida City will celebrate its 100th anniversary as an incorporated city in December of 2014. The Florida Pioneer Museum will reopen on Saturday, Nov. 9, highlighting the history of Florida City — originally called Detroit until incorporation.

Visitors will view early photos of Detroit and Florida City, postcards, a newspaper published by the developers of the community — the Miami Land and Development Company. The museum recently purchased a collection of the earliest known photos dating back to 1912. They are being analyzed and will be then put on display later.

A book of Florida City’s first laws and ordinances also is on display as well as a large trophy won by the city in a competition in Miami for parade entries. The entry was a truck displaying blocks of ice containing fruit and vegetables grown in the area.

Entry to the museum is free. It is open and staffed by volunteer docents from 1 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

The Museum Association is looking for volunteers to train for this coming season. No knowledge of the history of the community is required; you will acquire it and be trained by experienced volunteers. Two volunteers are always on duty.

To volunteer, contact Meda Jensen at 305-248-0976 and leave a message or send email to bobmeda@aol.com

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