MPNOD- Miami Pioneers and NAtives of Dade historical society
Hello MPNOD member,
Here is a fresh update from the Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society
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MPNOD Monthly Meeting

Next Meeting: Sunday, September 9

The next Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade meeting will be held on Sunday, September 9th at 2:30pm at the Community Room of the Central Christian Church, as usual.
Our guest speaker is Christine Rupp, Executive Director of Dade Heritage Trust -- with an update on the many important projects DHT is supporting in the coming year.

Christine is responsible for many great programs and events in the community including the Historic Biltmore Tour, Brickell Avenue North Walking Tour, Coconut Grove Bike Tour, the Book & Attic Sale, Dade Heritage Days and much more.

Dade Heritage Trust’s advocacy program has assisted with the rescue and restoration of many historic venues throughout Miami-Dade County. Working with partner organizations and governments, Dade Heritage Trust has preserved and continues to advocate for responsible development and preservation of our community’s historic resources.
Christine Rupp
We look forward to a well-attended September 9th meeting, to get our season off to a good start and announce some positive changes coming to our club.

Reminder: Dues are payable in September

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Please send your annual Dues to our Treasurer

There has been confusion in the past about when we pay our annual dues. The answer is September.

All members are requested to pay their dues in September for the 2018-2019 calendar year. Make plans to attend the September 9th meeting and bring your payment.

Reminder: Newsletter Postage and Printing Charge

Starting in September 2018, all members, including life members, who wish to receive the printed and mailed version of our newsletter, will have to cover the cost of printing and postage in the amount of $10 a year, paid in advance in September.
Send your check for $20 (plus an additional $10 if you wish to receive the printed and mailed newsletter) made to MPNOD to our Treasurer Marlene B. Carlin, at 14900 SW 71 Ave, Miami, FL 33158. Thank you!

Member Update: Peter Forrest

MP/NOD member Peter Forrest is resting comfortably at The Residence United Home Care facility at 9355 SW 158th Avenue, room 107. His phone number is 786-878-5140 x8407. Peter always gathered books of historical interest for our annual raffle at the Installation Luncheon. We miss him and hope to see him again at a meeting soon.
Bring a Friend
As always, let's share the love of local history with family and friends. Bring a friend, a neighbor or a family member to the next meeting.
Your officers and board of directors are always eager to hear your suggestions, comments and feedback on matters of importance to you.

Recording Secretary Barbara Koesy will be leading the telephone committee, along with Corresponding Secretary Mary Pyle and member Pat Ware, to reach out to all our members to remind them of upcoming meetings.

We hope you look forward to receiving a friendly call from the phone committee. Let them know if you have any concerns about getting to the meetings, or other topics of interest.

Fred Hand’s Pioneer Miami Photo Studio

Miami’s first photo studio was operated by Miami Pioneer Fred Hand, who arrived in the city on July 4th, 1898. He was born in Bonn, Germany and came to the United States when he was 15. Hand’s Photographic Studio was first located on Avenue C before moving to 36 East Flagler Street.
Fred Hand Photographic Sudio on Avenue C
Hand’s Photographic Studio on Avenue C
Hand’s Photographic Studio on East Flagler
Hand’s Photographic Studio on Flagler
Fred Hand
Fred Hand
Mr. Hand was described as “an artist of marked ability whose professional work has won distinctive recognition from the fellow members of the craft as well as the laity, and he enjoys the patronage of a discriminating clientele.”

Fred had a life-long love of photography that began as a boy in Tampa. He moved to Ocala where he began his photography career in earnest in 1888 under the tutorship of an able and skilled professional for a period of three years, before moving to Titusville in 1891 where he became an active partner in a thriving studio. Three years later he relocated to West Palm Beach, where he conducted an independent studio for four years.
In 1910, Fred traveled through Europe taking photos for five months.

Fred Hand was married, December 29, 1891, to Olive Williams, daughter of Russell M. and Anna E. (Mclntire) Williams, both of whom were natives of the State of Kentucky, where Mrs. Hand was also born.

The Hands were active members of the Trinity Episcopal church in Miami.

Fred and Olive had two children: Russell Frederick Hand, engaged in the insurance business in Miami, and Gretchen, wife of Paul Smith, a chemist of Indianapolis, Indiana. Gretchen had one son, Linton Frederick Smith, born on April 8, 1919 who died in March, 2011. Linton had two children, Martha Lou Smith Stevenson and her sister, Ann Louise Smith Demertzis.

A popular setup in the photo studio — a stuffed alligator with a scenic background — was often used to suggest the context of the wild Everglades.

Special thanks to Martha Lou Smith Stevenson for donating many of Fred Hand’s original photographic negatives and personal items to the Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade archives.
Children with Stuffed Alligator
Seminole with Stuffed Alligator
Miami Pioneers and
Natives of Dade Historical Society
PO Box 144353
Coral Gables, FL 33114-4353
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