About Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade

the oldest historical society in South Florida

Welcome to the online home of MP/NOD

Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade

The Miami Pioneers began in 1938 as Miami’s first historical society with membership limited to members of families that arrived and settled in South Florida before the great hurricane of September 18, 1926. The Natives of Dade was founded in the early 1970s by a group of people born in Miami-Dade county. The groups merged in 2002 and became the Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade.

Monthly Meetings

We meet 10 times each year, on the first Sunday of each month at 2:30pm sharp (except July and August). The location is Central Christian Church Community Room, 222 Menores Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134. Please enter at the rear door, Community Room entrance.

Central Chistian Church Community Room

See the calendar and special events page for details.

We’re proud to bring many good speakers to make presentations about local history to our audience. If you find these topics of interest, please share with a friend.

Please bring $1 donation to cover the cost of the room when you attend a meeting. We very much appreciate those who can provide refreshments such as cookies, crackers, brownies, etc. for social time after the meeting.

Annual Dues

Our annual membership dues are $20 a year. Mail your check made to MP/NOD to our Treasurer: Marlene B. Carlin, 14900 SW 71 Ave, Miami, FL 33158.

2016-2017 Officers

our president is Jim Hartnett
phone: 305-667-5733 • hartnettj@bellsouth.net

past president, Caesar Philips
treasurer, Marlene B. Carlin
corresponding secretary, Mary Pyle
recording secretary, Cele Diaz
sergeant at arms, Gerda Marchese
parliamentarian, Linda Hertz

Our Monthly Newsletter

Each month, we produce a newsletter with information about upcoming meetings, guest speakers, special events and items of interest to those that enjoy learning about and preserving local history.

Once a month, you’ll receive your monthly MP/NOD newsletter via email.

Importance of Participation

Please remember to attend the monthly meetings to see your fellow members, stay abreast of news and updates to your historical society and so that our guest speakers receive the type of reception that they deserve.

Bring a friend, invite a neighbor, reach out to family members that you know will enjoy our wonderful presentations on local history.

Find MP/NOD on Facebook

Your favorite local historical society has joined the future with the establishment of our MP/NOD Facebook page. We share some of our favorite stories, old photos and memories of growing up in Miami with like-minded friends online. Our influence is growing and people are noticing us. Please pass it on.

Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade

Enter the Central Christian Church Community Room from the rear of the main building.


MP/NOD meetings are held on the first Sunday of each month (except July and August) starting promptly at 2:30pm at:

Central Christian Church
222 Menores Ave, Coral Gables 33134

Enter the door at the south side of the building on Mendoza Ave.

Parking in west lot is also available if you enter from Menores Ave.

Street parking is free on Sunday.

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