Local history subject of lecture at Deering Estate

In partnership with the Archaeological Society of Southern Florida, the Deering Estate at Cutler presents a free lecture on the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. The free lectures are held in the Visitor Center Theatre at the Deering Estate at Cutler located at 16701 SW 72 Ave.

Topic of the lecture on Thursday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m., is “The History of Elliot Key, Biscayne Bay, Key Biscayne and Coconut Grove.”

The presenter is Dr. John Nordt.

His lecture features the history of Elliot Key, Biscayne Bay, Key Biscayne, Coconut Grove and the upper Keys. Dr. Nordt’s presentation focuses on the late 19th Century, revealing several dynamic characters who played significant roles in the period from 1895 to 1990. Biscayne Bay and the upper Keys transition and evolve from wrecking, to agriculture, to land development and culminating in a national park.

Dr. Nordt, board certified orthopedic surgeon, former University of Miami instructor, Miami Dolphins physician, and historian lived in Islamorada when he was a young boy and personally knew some of the people in this presentation.

For more information on the Deering Estate’s educational and cultural programs, visit www.deeringestate.org.

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