MPNOD- Miami Pioneers and NAtives of Dade historical society
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MPNOD Monthly Meeting

Let's gather at the library for another meeting of Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade members and friends.


Saturday, September 10 at 2pm

Matt Stock - Abandoned Everglades

The Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade historical society invites one and all to attend a monthly meeting on the second Saturday of the month at the Pinecrest Branch Library at 2pm to hear our special guest speaker.
Matt Stock - Abandoned Everglades
The Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade historical society presents a lecture by Matt Stock featuring his amazing photos of the Abandoned Everglades, at the Pinecrest Library on Saturday, September 10 at 2pm.
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Award-winning Photographer Matt Stock has earned a reputation for his dramatic images of natural wonders, including his series of Abandoned Everglades.

Abandoned Vehicles of the Everglades explores the interaction between man and nature as seen through night-time environmental portraits of vehicles long abandoned in the Everglades ecosystem.

Each image was captured at night utilizing the highly specialized technique of light painting combined with long exposures and seasonally specific images without adding anything to or taking away from the scene. Everything you will see in these images was actually there on location: the super moon, the milky way, and of course the automobiles. Over the decades these man-made objects have become a part of the cycle of life as flora and fauna grow around and literally through them.

Matt Stock is an award-winning artist based in the United States whose photographs are in the permanent collection of the National Park Service, National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Palm Beach Photographic Centre. Stock was one of 30 artists selected by the National Park System to celebrate their Centennial Anniversary. He was also recognized in 2017 with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2019 he was one of 30 artists and arts organizations awarded a James L. Knight Arts Challenge Grant. Everything seen in his work was captured in real time and on location.

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Bring a Friend
Invite a friend who enjoys local history to join our meeting. It's always fun to share your appreciation for local history with a friend, family member or neighbor.
MPNOD monthly meetings take place at the Pinecrest Branch Library, adjacent to Pinecrest Gardens on the second Saturday of each month at 2pm.

The address is 5835 SW 111th St, Pinecrest, FL 33156. The phone is 305-668-4571. When you enter the library, keep to the right to find the community meeting room.
Miami Dade County Library - Pinecrest Branch
In Memoriam
Niles Brockton Cooney

Niles Brockton Cooney

December 8, 1929 - March 28, 2022
Niles Cooney was a Lifetime Member of MP/NOD. His daughter Karen Cooney Leslie and niece Darlene Crum are also lifetime members of the Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade historical society.

A descendant of early South Florida pioneers, and a native of Miami, this beloved father, brother, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away at the age of 92.
He is survived by his brother, John W. "Jack" Cooney, Coconut Grove, FL; daughter, Karen Cooney Leslie (Jon), Miami, FL; son, Brock Cooney (Linda), Cartersville, GA; daughter, Karole Cooney, Jupiter, FL; grandchildren, Marissa Leslie, Andy Cooney (Gaby), Jessica Leslie Wachtel (Joseph), Adam Cooney (Jessica), Brett Nelson (Libby), Drew Nelson, Katherine Cooney Denton; and great-grandchildren, Matthew Cooney, Alex Cooney, Kole Denton and Oliver Cooney.

Niles graduated from Miami Edison High School, and attended the University of Florida where he joined Chi Phi fraternity. He graduated from the University of Miami. Niles served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Niles was a lifelong Real Estate Broker.

He retired to Ft Pierce, FL, where he owned and managed Cooney Groves from 1982 - 2015. He re-retired in 2015 to Sebring, FL where he made wonderful friends and truly enjoyed the retired life.

Niles moved to Chattanooga, TN and spent his last two years living at The Bridge of Ooltewah. He immediately connected with the residents, many from Florida, and he thrived being involved in all the activities. Niles had great respect and appreciation for the management and staff at the Bridge.

He passed peacefully on March 28, 2022, surrounded by family, friends and caring staff.

Save The Date: Saturday, October 8 at 2pm

Miami Pioneer Gaston Drake by Pat O’Connell

Miami Pioneers - Gaston Drake and Princeton
The Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade historical society invites one and all to attend a monthly meeting on Saturday, October 8 at the Pinecrest Branch Library at 2pm to hear guest speaker Daniel Patrick O’Connell give a presentation on an influential pioneer of South Florida — Gaston Drake.
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Marlene B. Carlin
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14900 SW 71 Ave.
Miami, FL 33158
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The Miami Pioneers is Dade County’s legacy historical organization, originally founded in 1936 by prominent pioneer settlers and business leaders who arrived in Miami before the year 1900. The Natives of Dade was incorporated in 1986 by a group of local history enthusiasts born in Dade County. The groups merged on July 8, 2002.
Miami Pioneers and
Natives of Dade Historical Society
PO Box 144353
Coral Gables, FL 33114-4353
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