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Date(s) - Saturday, April 9, 2022
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Pinecrest Branch Library


Please join The Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade historical society for a program on local history — Preserving and Protecting Miami’s History at the Library — at 2pm on Saturday, April 9th at the Pinecrest Branch Library, 5835 SW 111th Street in Pinecrest, FL 33156. This event is free and open to the public. Participants can also enjoy the presentation via Zoom.

Our special guest speakers are Stephanie Garcia and Margarita Mirabal, the heads of Miami-Dade Public Library’s Special Collections & Archives and Digitization divisions. They will discuss the practical steps and proactive efforts taken to preserve and protect the treasures of Miami’s history held within Main Library’s walls.

Miami Dade Library Special Collections & Archives

Miami-Dade Public Library System’s Division of Special Collections & Archives holds rare and irreplaceable historical documents for the benefit of the public and scholarly community.  The collections include the Helen Muir Florida Collection, 16mm Film Collection, Cuban Collection of Rare Books & Ephemera, Genealogy Collection, Vasari Project archive, and Rare & Antiquarian books as early as 17th century. It is the primary goal for the collection to provide the public with the contents of the vault, at their request. Its collections include rare books, original manuscripts, over 18,000 photographs, prints, artifacts, audio visual resources, and electronic media.

Stephanie Marie Garcia is the Head of Special Collections & Archives for the Miami-Dade Public Library System, including the Helen Muir Florida Collection, 16mm Film Collection, and The Vasari Project. For over 15 years, she has worked in administrative, curatorial, and research fields within the fine arts. She has worked with international artists, artist estates, and private art collections like the Rubell Family Collection (Miami, FL) and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection (Venice, Italy). In 2016, she was awarded the American Research Library’s Career Enhancement Fellowship program and completed her fellowship with the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University. Her present focus is aimed to refine and evolve the MDPLS Special Collections & Archives division in collections management, cultural material preservation, and archives assessment. She is most focused on how archives and libraries can help produce better connections among underrepresented communities of all ages. In 2021, Stephanie and the Special Collections & Archives division was awarded a two year grant of $70,000 through the James L. Knight Foundations Art Challenge for dynamic programing connected to the Vasari Project archive and Miami’s Art Timeline.

Margarita Mirabal is the original founder and the current manager of the Miami-Dade Public Library System (MDPLS) Digital Collections. Margarita has worked for public, private, academic, and non-profit organizations in various roles including as technical services librarian for MDPLS, digital archivist at the Miami Herald, metadata librarian at Florida International University, and digital assets management system administrator at Wildlife Conservation Society of New York.  Ms. Mirabal obtained a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from Pratt Institute School of Information as well as Museum Libraries and Archives certifications. She was formally trained in art librarianship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Image Library and Watson Library.

For Pinecrest Branch Library information, please call 305-668-4571 or visit the web site: https://mdpls.org/branch-pinecrest

Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: MPNOD – Preserving and Protecting Miami’s History at the Library
Date: Saturday, April 9, 2022
Time: 2pm Eastern Daylight Time

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 886 0376 9702
Passcode: history