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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Sunday, March 3 at 2pm

Karon Grunwell Buckley - The Florida Pioneer Museum

Florida Pioneer Museum on Krome Avenue in Florida City

Our guest speaker for the March 3rd meeting at the museum is South Florida native Karon Grunwell Buckley on the subject of the Florida Pioneer Museum on Krome Avenue in Florida City.

Currently on display at the museum is a collection of fruit and vegetable carton labels from prominent shippers of yesteryear. From Florida City to Arch Creek in Dade County, packing houses were erected at the turn of the century along the Florida East Coast railroad tracks. By 1926, the Seaboard Airline Railway extended their mid-Florida route to Homestead, encouraging more packing houses to open.

Karon, and her father George Grunwell, are among the directors of the Florida Pioneer Museum, founded in association with Bob Jensen, dating back to 1962. The Florida East Coast Railway owned two bungalows which were the homes of the FEC section foreman and station agent. They were located on adjacent lots on the east side of South Flagler in Homestead just south of the Landmark Hotel. One of them, the station agent’s home, is the building the Museum is housed in now. The other one, the section foreman’s home, burned down.

Visitors to the Museum explore life as it was in South Florida in the early 1900s with rooms furnished as they would have been then with artifacts donated by local residents. Children find many items that they can touch and operate such as early telephones, cash registers and kitchen equipment. A tool room displays the agricultural implements and tools that early settlers used to plow their fields with mules. Exhibits also feature Henry Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railway, schools, churches, archeology, Native Americans, and the tourism industry.

March Birthdays

3 Scott Biggane
7 Elizabeth Whalen
15 Betty Filippi
16 Dr. James Hutson
20 Jane Stubbs
23 Philip Balbi
24 M. Hooper
24 Hannah Lipton
24 Phillip Tedder
28 Dr. Joseph Fitzgerald
Birthday Cake
Coral Gables Museum

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The Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade invite all with an interest in local history to join us at the Coral Gables Museum community room on the first Sunday of each month (except July and August) from 2 to 4pm.
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Every member is encouraged to contribute to the historical society by serving on the board of directors, helping with refreshments, the telephone and mail committees, programs, and more. Please let us know how you can help.
Corresponding Secretary Mary Pyle leads the telephone committee, along with Pat Ware and Janet English. Please share your thoughts and feedback with them when they call. If you have any questions about the telephone committee, contact Mary at 305-264-2033 or email:
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Coral Gables Museum
Miami Pioneers and
Natives of Dade Historical Society
PO Box 144353
Coral Gables, FL 33114-4353
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