MPNOD- Miami Pioneers and NAtives of Dade historical society
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Here is a fresh update from the Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society
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Thank you Brad Bertelli

Brad's program on Dr. Henry Perrine and Indian Key was insightful and entertaining. His knowledge of Keys history is amazing and we're so pleased he shared insights and historical facts with us about Doctor Perrine and background on Indian Key, leading up to the infamous incident that ended the doctor's life on August 7, 1840 during the Second Seminole War.

If you missed the meeting and Brad's presentation in person or on Zoom, you can watch the recording, and many others, on our past programs page.

Saturday February 11 at 2pm

Historic Restoration Architect Richard Heisenbottle

Miami Pioneers - Architect Richard Heisenbottle

The Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade historical society welcomes noted historical preservation specialist and award-winning architect Richard Heisenbottle for a program on the restoration of seminal properties and venues in South Florida.

Richard Heisenbottle, FAIA is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Architecture and one of the most respected architects in South Florida, with more than 35 years of experience in all aspects of architecture, planning and interior design. In 1987 he formed R.J. Heisenbottle Architects, specializing in historic preservation. Mr. Heisenbottle was awarded the Miami Chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ Silver Medal for Design in 2003, and was elected to the AIA College of Fellows in 2005.

R.J. Heisenbottle Architects is well known for the historic restoration of many of the region’s most prestigious buildings including: the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, one of the first atmospheric theaters in the country; the Colony Theater, an Art Deco gem in the heart of the Miami Beach Historic District; the Freedom Tower, a National Historic Landmark; Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, also a National Historic Landmark, and the Miami Edison Middle School, winner of a National Trust for Historic Preservation “National Preservation Award.”

Mr. Heisenbottle is also the recipient of Outstanding Preservation Project Awards from the Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects, numerous awards from the Miami Chapter of the AIA, and the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation.
Get more program details on the event web page:

Register with the library for in-person or online attendance:
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

Special Notices for Local History Enthusiasts:

from MP/NOD member Janna McConnell:

Saturday, January 21 at 10am

Old Edison High School Memorabilia Day

The memorabilia room at the "old" Edison high school, with an exceptional collection of early items, will be open on Saturday, January 21st from 10am to noon for an informal gathering. The school address is 6101 NW 2nd Ave (iTech Mega Technology Magnet School). There is a large parking lot across from the school.

Directions: I-95 exit at 62nd Street. Turn east toward the Bay and the school just past the corner of NW 2nd Avenue at the traffic light.
from MP/NOD member Becky Matkov:

Wednesday, February 1 at 10am

Chapter K - P.E.O. Annual Book Review

Attend a wonderful historical book review event hosted by Chapter K of the Philanthropic Educational Organization with noted author Les Standiford, author of Palm Beach, Mar-A-Lago and the Rise of America's Xanadu, starting with refreshments at 10am at the Coral Gables Congregational church, followed by the book review at 11am. A donation of $15 is requested. For tickets, please call 305-606-5555.

Save The Date:

Saturday, March 11 at 2pm

The History of Frankie's Pizza with Cesar Becerra

Cesar Becerra on Frankie's Pizza

The Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade historical society presents historian Cesar Becerra and his program on Frankie's Pizza on Bird Road. Get details online.
Past Programs - MP/NOD

Did You Miss A Meeting?

View and share some of our previously recorded Zoom interactive online historic programs on YouTube. Use these links to visit our Past Events web page and our YouTube channel with all recorded programs.

Past programs web page:

Link to the MPNOD YouTube channel
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Join our historical society and support our monthly programs for only $20 a year. Use the Membership Application online, or request one in the mail from our treasurer.
We accept online payments via Pay Pal or credit card, or mail your check made to MP/NOD to our Treasurer:

Marlene B. Carlin
MP/NOD Treasurer
14900 SW 71 Ave.
Miami, FL 33158

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A Big Thank You! To all our paid members, and to all the new members joining. Your contributions to support our programs and services to the community are greatly appreciated.
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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