The Way We Worked was adapted from an original exhibit developed by the National Archives and explores how work became such a central element in American culture by tracing the many changes that affected the workforce, work environments and technology. The exhibit, which is part of the Museum on Main Street project, includes historical photographs, archival accounts of workers, audio and interactives.
The exhibit is made possible in cooperation with the Florida Humanities Council and The Garden Fund. The public is welcome to view the free display during regular park hours, Monday through Friday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., and weekends from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
On select days and evenings, the Gardens will host additional free programming throughout the months of September and October for both adults and children. The schedule of The Way We Worked programming is as follows:
• Sept. 10, Thursday — Opening Reception, 6:30-7:30 p.m. — Join us in celebrating how our nation and Pinecrest has worked over the years on this public opening reception. Mayor Cindy Lerner and Village Manager Yocelyn Galiano will speak at the event. Guests will enjoy a special documentary entitled A Century in the Sun: Henry Flagler and the Making of Modern Florida from 7:30-8:30 p.m. This wonderful documentary is the story of how Standard Oil magnate Henry Flagler came to Florida in the late 1800s, built a railroad and hotel empire on the last American frontier, and launched a population boom that has lasted a hundred years.
• Sept. 12, Saturday, 7:30 p.m. — Dr. Paul George Lecture: Miami: One Hundred Years of History. Dr. George is a renowned Miami historian and will present historic photos and provide commentary on the progression of Miami’s workforce, most notably in agriculture, commercial aviation, tourism and commerce.
8-9 p.m. Deep City: The Birth of the Miami Sound. The story of how two musical geniuses created the first black-owned record label in Florida that changed the face of soul music in Miami forever.
9-9:30 p.m. Stiltsville: A Generation on the Flats. It was the early 1930s. Miami was still a young city and a community was starting to spring up in the most unlikely of places — the middle of Biscayne Bay where you could find bait shops, speakeasies, gambling halls and homes.
Meet the historians, caretakers and families on this journey of intrigue, triumph and modern day struggles. Hear stories as we visit the last seven homes, still standing against all odds, including man and nature.
Watch as we uncover a Miami community of the past trying desperately to preserve Stiltsville for future generations on the flats.
9:30-10 p.m. Ralph Munroe’s Barnacle: Centerpiece of a Legacy
It’s hard to imagine what South Florida looked like when Ralph Munroe arrived here back in 1877. No highways, no streets and certainly no railroad. Yet he was captivated by the people and the natural world he found. He brought with him a talent for yacht building and architecture. He also brought something else that was new to the area – a camera.
• Sept. 20, Sunday, 2-4:15 p.m., — South Florida Writer’s Association poetry reading. Enjoy poetry readings and theatrical interpretations of the American workforce and the history of workers in Miami.
• Sept. 24, Thursday, 7:30 p.m., — Cory Gittner, Author of Miami’s Parrot Jungle and Gardens: The Colorful History of an Uncommon Attraction. Hear all about how Franz Scherr worked to create one of the most popular tourist attractions in South Florida history. Guests will view a nostalgic short film entitled Parrot Jungle: A Living Rainbow.
• Oct. 4, Sunday, 10-11:30 a.m. — The University of Florida Miami-Dade County Extension Presents: The Evolution of Miami Agriculture. Join us at the Pinecrest Farmer’s Market to explore the history of farming in Miami-Dade and the farmers who made it all happen. Guest speakers include Adrian Hunsberger, urban horticulture agent and master gardener, and Qingren Wang, commercial vegetable agent.
• Oct. 4, Sunday, 1-3 p.m. — Paintings of Nostalgic Florida by Highwayman artist R.L. Lewis, one of the most highly regarded creative and versatile figures in the Florida landscape art tradition that has become known as The Highwaymen. The Highwaymen was an association of young African-American artists who painted their way from the Florida citrus fields in 1950s through the 1970s. Guests will watch a live painting demonstration and hear how Lewis made a living as an artist.
• Oct. 11, Sunday, 2 p.m., — Dr. Paul George Community Trivia Challenge. Can you stump Miami Historian, Dr. Paul George? In this wonderful trivia challenge you can test your skills. CHILDREN’S EVENTS Children will hear lively tales exploring different jobs and the people who work them. These events are recommended for children 16 months to 5 years old.
• Sept. 9, Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. — Story time with Merlina the Magical Storyteller, and meet a Pinecrest police officer.
• Sept. 16, Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. — Story time with Merlina the Magical Storyteller and meet a former sailor in the US Navy.
• Sept. 22, Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. — Story time with Merlina the Magical Storyteller and meet a firefighter.
• Sept. 30, Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. — Story time with Merlina the Magical Storyteller and meet a veterinarian.
• Oct. 7, Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. — Story time with Merlina the Magical Storyteller, and meet a sports player.
• Oct. 14, Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. — Story time with Merlina the Magical Storyteller and meet a musician.
Children can also visit, read and relax in our special reading corner every day during the exhibit during regular exhibit hours.