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, April 7 at 2pm at the Museum

MP/NOD Monthly Meeting - Richard R. (Dick) Renick

The guest speaker is long-time South Florida resident and Navy veteran Richard R. (Dick) Renick, a popular politician in the state of Florida. He served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1966 to 1977, as a Democrat, and the Florida State Senate from 1975 to 1982. He also had a distinguished career as a cinematographer, television and film director.

Dick was born in the Bronx on Oct 14, 1930, before the family moved to Hialeah in 1936. He attended Hialeah Elementary School along with brothers Ralph and Robert.

His brother Ralph Renick, was a popular television journalist for 35 years in the early days of Florida's first television station. His brother Robert was a long-serving member of the Dade County School Board.
The members of the Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade historical society invite the public -- especially those with an interest in local history -- to attend the monthly meeting on the first Sunday of the month at 2pm at the Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Avenue in Coral Gables.

Each meeting features a presentation by a guest speaker, followed by social time and refreshments. The public is invited.

Peters Family Reunion set for June 21-23 in Miami

A notice from Laura Lee Glass

Many of the Peters family were members of the Miami Pioneers Historical Society, including those on my husband's direct line.

The Peters Family were early Miami settlers. Solomon James Peters of Lowndes Co., Georgia came to Florida after the Civil War where he married Sydney Martha Hardin of Silver Springs, Florida. They had 9 children: 8 sons and 1 daughter.

Following the 1895 big freeze the family relocated from central Florida to Miami Dade - Lemon City where they became early pioneers of citrus and tomato industry. The town of Peters, Florida is named for the family. One son, Tom Peters became known as the "Tomato King."

The family was also involved in development and even politics -- son Hugh Gordon "Pat" Peters served as a County Commissioner. Memorabilia of the family is located in the History Miami Museum.

Any Peters relative please contact Laura Lee Glass ( for information.
Peters Family
MP/NOD members will remember that noted historian and long time member of the Miami Pioneers Thelma Peters married into the family.

Related: Martha Anne Peters story:
Coral Gables Museum

Monthly Meetings at the Museum

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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April Birthdays

Birthday Cake
01 Martha Stockhausen
10 Louise Bennett
10 Nancy Smith
12 Harold Sherritt
15 Shelley Adelman
17 Dolores Dimitriou
17 Joan Evans
17 Judy Jureski
19 Karen Leslie
21 John Tomberlin
24 Patricia Eaton
27 Jill Gusko
29 Barbara Givens
30 Dinah Graham
30 Wayne Whittlesey
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 at the museum.
Your officers and board of directors are always eager to hear your suggestions, comments and feedback on matters of importance to you.

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:
After our meetings, our group traditionally enjoys refreshments and social time. If you’re able to contribute to this effort, please bring some small snacks, fresh fruit, cookies, brownies, chips and dip, or a similar item that you’d like to share with your friends.
Volunteer - Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade
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.
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Miami Pioneers and
Natives of Dade Historical Society
PO Box 144353
Coral Gables, FL 33114-4353
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