MP/NOD Monthly Program Archive

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Our Monthly Historical Programs Archive

Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade

The Miami Pioneers and Natives Of Dade present a program of interest to history enthusiasts in South Florida, usually on the first Sunday of the month at 2pm.

Our usual venue is the Coral Gables Museum, but during pandemic conditions, we meet online using the Zoom app.

Some of our programs have been recorded and can be view from links on this page.

Link to the Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade YouTube Channel.

Miami Herald Photographer Al Diaz presents a visual history

Miami Herald Photographer Al Diaz presents a visual history

MPNOD – Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society

Saturday, May 11, 2024

The Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade were pleased to welcome award-winning Miami Herald Photographer Al Diaz for a look back as some of the most notable moments from his assignments in the past 40 years.

Al Diaz captures the decisive moment when covering natural disasters, political campaigns, sports championships, temperamental celebrities, and angry mobs.

Al also shared some memories of growing up in Miami, the places he frequented and some favorite activities.


Watch the Zoom meeting on YouTube:
MPNOD Zoom – Saturday, May 11, 2024


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The History of Arch Creek Trust

History of Arch Creek Trust

MPNOD – Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society

Saturday, February 10, 2024

The Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade were pleased to welcome Susan Weiss and Ximena Valdivia for a program on the history of preserving one of South Florida’s most iconic natural wonders.

The presentation provided an overview of Arch Creek Trust and its work in preserving the rich natural history and significant archeology of Arch Creek in North Miami, from its earliest native inhabitants to the present.

The presentation also highlighted the FIU-Arch Creek Trust Digitization Project to preserve the organization’s archival records reflecting the expansive history and prehistory of the site. Through this project Trust volunteers — with support from FIU faculty and staff — scanned historical papers, photographs and other materials for inclusion in FIU’s dPanther Repository. They also contributed to metadata creation to support access to the historical materials in perpetuity.


Watch the Zoom meeting on YouTube:
MPNOD Zoom – Saturday, February 10, 2024
Arch Creek Trust


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Fred Hand’s Pioneer Miami Photo Studio

Fred Hand – Miami’s First Photo Studio

MPNOD – Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society

Saturday, January 13, 2024

The Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade welcomed Stephanie Garcia and Margarita Mirabal from the Miami-Dade Public Library’s digital collections and historic archives, with a program on photographer Fred Hand, proprietor of Miami’s first photo studio.


Watch the Zoom meeting on YouTube:
MPNOD Zoom – Saturday, January 13, 2024
Fred Hand – Miami’s First Photo Studio


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Miami — Wilderness Outpost To Vibrant Metropolis

Miami — Wilderness Outpost To Vibrant Metropolis

MPNOD – Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society

Saturday, October 14, 2023

The Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade historical society welcomed Casey Piket for another fine presentation on local history.

Since its inception, the City of Miami has evolved from a wilderness outpost to vibrant metropolis that continues to reinvent itself with each passing decade. The center of the city, and its most important thoroughfare, Flagler Street has also evolved over the past 127 years.

Aavocational historian Casey Piket presented a virtual walk down Flagler Street through the years from Biscayne Boulevard to the Dade County Courthouse, sharing historic photographs and the stories of the Magic City’s most colorful characters and iconic architectural heritage.


Watch the Zoom meeting on YouTube:
MPNOD Zoom – Saturday, October 14, 2023
Casey Piket: Miami — Wilderness Outpost To Vibrant Metropolis


Enjoy the program? You can make a donation easily with one click.

Sam Zygner - Baseball Under the Palms

Sam Zygner: Baseball Under the Palms

MPNOD – Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society

Saturday, July 8, 2023

The Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade historical society welcomed Sam Zygner, author of several books on the history of baseball in Miami, to our Saturday, July 8th meeting at 2pm at the Pinecrest Branch Library.

Sam’s books are titled, Baseball Under the Palms – History of Miami Minor League Baseball the Early Years: 1892-1960; and Baseball Under the Palms – History of Miami Minor League Baseball Volume 2: 1962-1991.

Sam’s historic presentation consists of an overview of the scope of minor league history in Miami and Miami Beach, the years 1892 through 1991, with a focus on the major highlights, the important names associated with overall baseball history that made their mark in Miami, and historic events and figures that coincided with the game as it developed from townball to officially-sanctioned professional play.


Watch the Zoom meeting on YouTube:
MPNOD Zoom – Saturday, July 8, 2023
Sam Zygner: Baseball Under the Palms


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Bea Brickell: Reflections of Old Miami and the Florida Keys

Bea Brickell on Reflections of Old Miami and the Florida Keys

MPNOD – Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society

Saturday, June 10, 2023

The Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade historical society hosted a monthly meeting on Saturday, June 10 at the Pinecrest Branch Library at 2pm to hear guest speaker Bea Brickell give a presentation on remembrances of Old Miami and the Florida Keys.

Among her topics were:

  • The Brickell household back when the boys William, Charles and George were growing up
  • Plantation Key: the skiff and the crocodile
  • Prohibition and gangsters – Key West to Miami

Beatrice A. Brickell, Esq. (Bea) is the great granddaughter of William and Mary Brickell. As a graduate of American University and Georgetown University Law Schools, she practiced international trade law in Washington DC for over 30 years and saw much of the world. She continues to travel and when not recalling tales of old Miami, spends summers fixing up a pioneer cabin near Big Sky, Montana. Bea also spends time in Beaufort,SC and Washington DC.


Watch the Zoom meeting on YouTube:
MPNOD Zoom – Saturday, June 10, 2023
Bea Brickell on Reflections of Old Miami and the Florida Keys


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Archaeologist Bob Carr - Ten Artifacts That Tell The Miami Story

Bob Carr: Ten Objects That Tell The Miami Story

MPNOD – Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society

Saturday, April 8, 2023

The Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade historical society welcomed noted Archaeologist Robert (Bob) Carr for a program on 10,000 years of Miami’s human occupation on Saturday, April 8, 2023.

Archaeologist Robert (Bob) Carr tells the story of 10,000 years of Miami’s human occupation by focusing on ten artifacts and objects beginning with Tequesta and Seminole artifacts that depict Miami’s first people. Miami’s historic period is highlighted from the founding of a Spanish mission at the mouth of the Miami River in 1567, American and Bahamian settlers, Fort Dallas to the mid twentieth century’s growth of Miami as a major American City.

Bob Carr has worked as an archaeologist with the State of Florida, the National Park Service, and became Dade County’s first archaeologist, and retired as the County director of Historic Preservation. He is currently director of the Florida not-for-profit Archaeological and Historical Conservancy, and author of numerous articles and two books: Digging Miami and a pictorial history of the Everglades. He has just completed a novel about the Miami Circle titled “The Python Conspiracy”.


Watch the Zoom meeting on YouTube:
MPNOD Zoom – Saturday, April 8, 2023
Ten Objects That Tell The Miami Story


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The History of Frankie's Pizza with Cesar Becerra

Cesar Becerra on Frankie’s Pizza

A Slice of Heaven
A “taste” of Frankie’s Pizza

MPNOD – Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society

Saturday, March 11, 2023

The Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade historical society presents historian Cesar Becerra and his program on Frankie’s Pizza on Bird Road.

The story begins on Valentines day in 1955. Two newly weds had just gone back from honeymooning in Miami Beach and hastily tossed giant baking pans in the trunk of their car and raced back to open Miami’s first pizza shop — Frankie’s On Bird Road.

The rest is history.


Watch the Zoom meeting on YouTube:
MPNOD Zoom – Saturday, March 11, 2023
A Slice of Heaven, A “taste” of Frankie’s Pizza


Enjoy the program? You can make a donation easily with one click.

Miami Pioneers - Architect Richard Heisenbottle

Architect Richard Heisenbottle
Historic Restoration in Miami

MPNOD – Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society

Saturday, February 11, 2023

The Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade historical society welcomed 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.


Watch the Zoom meeting on YouTube:
MPNOD Zoom – Saturday, February 11, 2023
Architect Richard Heisenbottle – Historic Restoration in Miami


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MPNOD - Sat, Jan 14 - Brad Bertelli: Henry Perrine and Indian Key

Brad Bertelli
Dr. Henry Perrine and Indian Key

MPNOD – Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society

Saturday, January 14, 2023

The Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade historical society presents historian Brad Bertelli and his program on The Henry Perrine and Indian Key Connection on Saturday, January 14, 2023.

Brad explores the life of Dr. Henry Perrine and his connection to Indian Key. Dr. Perrine sought to live in warmer climates after being accidentally poisoned by arsenic. The event altered his life trajectory, leading him to abandon the medical profession and pursue a career in horticulture. It also introduced him to Indian Key, where his life tragically ended during the second escalation of the Seminole War on August 7, 1840.

Brad Bertelli, a native of Southern California, moved to Florida in 1989 and into the Florida Keys in 2001. Today, he is an Honorary Conch, Florida Keys historian, speaker, and writer.


Watch the Zoom meeting on YouTube:
MPNOD Zoom – Saturday, January 14, 2023 – Brad Bertelli – Dr. Henry Perrine and Indian Key


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Miami Pioneers - Gaston Drake and Princeton

Miami Pioneer Gaston Drake

MPNOD – Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society

Saturday, October 8, 2022

Miami Pioneer Gaston Drake (1871-1955) was born in his maternal grandparents’ mansion in St. Louis, brought to the family orange groves in Yalaha on Lake Harris as an infant and educated at Princeton University. He came to Miami at the turn of the 20th century, and for over 50 years was a fixture in the Magic City’s business and social life.

His Drake Produce company shipped fresh fruits and vegetables north. He raised money from his Princeton classmates and created Drake Lumber, based in Princeton — the town in South Dade he named after his alma mater. Drake Lumber was a major supplier of timber for Henry Flagler’s Over-Sea Extension to Key West and John Collins’ wooden bridge that connected Miami Beach with Miami.

Daniel Patrick O’Connell is a retired investment banker/financial advisor who has lived in the Brickell neighborhood of Miami for four years. Pat is President of the Princeton Club of South Florida, which serves the 350+ Princeton University alumni in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.


Watch the Zoom meeting on YouTube:
MPNOD Zoom October 8, 2022 – Miami Pioneer Gaston Drake


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Matt Stock - Abandoned Everglades

Matt Stock Abandoned Everglades

MPNOD – Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society

Saturday, September 19, 2022

Award-winning Photographer Matt Stock has earned a reputation for his dramatic images of natural wonders, including his series of Abandoned Everglades.

Abandoned Vehicles of the Everglades explores the interaction between man and nature as seen through night-time environmental portraits of vehicles long abandoned in the Everglades ecosystem.

Each image was captured at night utilizing the highly specialized technique of light painting combined with long exposures and seasonally specific images without adding anything to or taking away from the scene. Everything you will see in these images was actually there on location: the super moon, the milky way, and of course the automobiles. Over the decades these man-made objects have become a part of the cycle of life as flora and fauna grow around and literally through them.


Watch the Zoom meeting on YouTube:
MPNOD Zoom September 10, 2022 – Matt Stock Abandoned Everglades


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Tony Pernas - The American Flamingo

Tony Pernas, American Flamingos

MPNOD – Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society

Saturday, July 9, 2022

The Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade historical Society presents a lecture by Tony Pernas on the History Of The American Flamingo. American Flamingos are a cultural icon of Florida, yet their status in Florida has been controversial for nearly a century. This presentation by Tony Pernas of the Florida Flamingo Working Group (FFWG) will shed light on the history of Florida Flamingos and efforts by FFWG to promote conservation and awareness.


Watch the Zoom meeting on YouTube:
MPNOD Zoom July 9, 2022 – Tony Pernas, American Flamingos


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Jason Vuic - The Swamp Peddlers

MPNOD – Jason Vuic
How Lot Sellers, Land Scammers, and Retirees Built Modern Florida and Transformed the American Dream.

MPNOD – Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society

Sunday, March 6, 2022

Our special guest is Jason Vuic, author of The Swamp Peddlers: How Lot Sellers, Land Scammers, and Retirees Built Modern Florida and Transformed the American Dream.

Florida has long beckoned retirees seeking to spend their golden years in the sun, but, for many, the American dream of owning a home there was financially impossible. That changed in the 1950s, when the so-called “installment land sales industry” seemingly appeared out of nowhere to hawk billions of dollars of Florida residential property, sight unseen, to retiring northerners.


Watch the Zoom meeting on YouTube:

MPNOD Zoom March 6, 2022 – Jason Vuic, author of The Swamp Peddlers


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MPNOD - National Park Service Museum and Archive - Bonnie Ciolio

MPNOD – National Park Service Museum and Archive with Bonnie Ciolino

MPNOD – Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society

Sunday, February 6, 2022

Our special guest was Bonnie Ciolino, archivist for the South Florida Collections Management Center in Everglades National Park with “Opening the Closed Doors: National Park Service Museum and Archival Collections in South Florida.”


Watch the Zoom meeting on YouTube:

MPNOD Zoom Feb 6, 2022 Annie Ciolino – National Park Service Museum and Archive


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Bob Carr - The Bigger Picture of Brickell Point

Archaeologist Bob Car on Brickell Point

MPNOD – Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society

Sunday, January 9, 2022


Watch the Zoom meeting on YouTube:

MPNOD Zoom Jan 9, 2022 Bob Carr on Brickell Point


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Captured On Camera - Quick Takes of Historic Miami-Dade

Wolfson Archives – Captured On Camera

MPNOD – Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society

Sunday, November 7, 2021


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Cesar Becerra - Miami's 125th Anniversary

2021 August – Miami’s 125th Anniversary

MPNOD – Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Debut of Cesar Becerra’s new book

Orange Blossom 2.0


Watch the Zoom meeting on YouTube:

Orange Blossom 2.0

https://youtu.be/ClTcG0jGFAw


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the Forgotten History of Aladdin City

2021 June – The Forgotten History of Aladdin City

You might have noticed it when looking at maps of the Redland region, Miami’s countryside. The name of Aladdin City is labeled on the area near SW 216 Street (Hanlin Mill Road) and SW 162 Avenue (Farm Life Road). This triangle section, bordered by these two main roads, as well as the railroad tracks, was a well planned suburb destined to be an ideal community back in the 1920s.

Tune in for Robert Burr’s presentation on the Forgotten History of Aladdin City. You can also download the PDF version of the presentation

Please enjoy this YouTube video of the program.

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Becky Matkov - Flight Into Egypt Stained Glass Restoration Project

2021 May – Flight Into Egypt Stained Glass Restoration Project

Becky Roper Matkov, past president of the Deering Estate Foundation is our guest speaker on the recent stained glass restoration project Flight Into Egypt, along with a presentation by Elizabeth Battaglia, of the 100 Ladies of Deering.

Two rare pre-17th Century stained glass art panels that once belonged to Charles Deering have been restored and returned to the Deering Estate’s 1922 Stone House for permanent display. The project was made possible thanks to the donation of the panels by Mrs. Barbara Danielson and Mrs. Richard Danielson, and the initiative and funding of the 100 Ladies of Deering, a philanthropic circle of the Deering Estate Foundation, the Deering Estate Foundation’s Charles Deering McCormick Art Fund, and private donors.

100 Ladies of Deering web site: https://100ladiesofdeering.org

Please enjoy this YouTube video of the program.

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The Future of Miami Marine Stadium - Don Worth

2021 April – Don Worth – Miami Marine Stadium

Don Worth provides a power point presentation that describes the Stadium’s history, its present status, steps necessary to bring it back to life, and its remarkable and exciting future. Built in 1963, Miami Marine Stadium hosted many remarkable events during its 28 year history. The Stadium closed after Hurricane Andrew and has remained shuttered ever since.

Check the Restore Marine Stadium Facebook group page for updates. https://www.facebook.com/Restoremarinestadium/

Please enjoy this YouTube video of the program.

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A Short History of the Coconut Grove Sailing Club

2021 March – Renny Young – Coconut Grove Sailing Club

In December of 1945 a meeting was held at Dr. Paul Robertson’s home on Saint Gaudens Drive in Coconut Grove. About 30 people (men, women and boys) gathered to form a youth membership club to promote sailing, racing and water safety.

The club was titled the “Coconut Grove Sailing Club.”

Please enjoy this YouTube video of the program.

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Charles H. Baker and Java Head

2021 February – Charles H. Baker and Java Head

A recording of the Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade presentation about the life of world travelers and celebrated bon vivants Charles and Pauline Baker, creators of the famed Java Head residence on the Coral Gables Waterway. Charles Henry Baker Jr. was an American author best known for his culinary and cocktail writings.

Please enjoy this YouTube video of the program.

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The Barnacle - The Growing Up Years
2021 January – The Barnacle, The Growing Up Years

Marlin Ebbert presents a short documentary featuring interviews with Bill and Charlie Munroe, reminiscing about growing up at The Barnacle historic homesite in Coconut Grove. This live stream meeting on Zoom will include an interactive discussion with Marlin Ebbert and BIll Munroe. Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade members and friends, as well as the general public, are invited to join in, starting at 2pm on Sunday, January 10th.

Please enjoy this YouTube video of the program.

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Anthony Atwood - Miami Military Museum
2020 December – Miami Military Museum – This Old Headquarters

Celebrating the 79th anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day, Anthony Atwood presents a program on the history of the Military in South Florida on Sunday, December 6th at 2pm, via zoom online interactive video. Ten Floridians, including two from Homestead, are still on USS Arizona. We remember them and discuss the Pearl Harbor Remembrance hosted annually at the museum.

Please enjoy this YouTube video of the program.

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John Nordt III - history of Coconut Grove, Key Biscayne, Biscayne National Park
2020 November – John Nordt on Coconut Grove, Key Biscayne and Biscayne National Park

John Nordt III presents a program about the history of Coconut Grove in the late 19th century, the lighthouse keeper on Key Biscayne, Israel Lafayette Jones, his son Lancelot Jones, and history of Elliott Key from ship wrecking to pineapple farming to property ownership and development, finishing with the creation of Biscayne National Park from 1890 thru 1970s.

Please enjoy this YouTube video of the program.

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The Art of Bob Fink – from the Coral Gables Company to Everglades: River of Grass.
2020 October – The Art Of Bob Fink

Our guest speaker is Thomas Lockyear, Museum Manager at the Museum of the Everglades in Collier County, on the subject of Bob Fink, the son of Denman Fink –- who illustrated much of the promotional material for the Coral Gables Company.

Please enjoy this YouTube video of the program.

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The History of Arch Creek Trust

History of Arch Creek Trust

MPNOD – Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society

Saturday, February 10, 2024

The Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade were pleased to welcome Susan Weiss and Ximena Valdivia for a program on the history of preserving one of South Florida’s most iconic natural wonders.

The presentation provided an overview of Arch Creek Trust and its work in preserving the rich natural history and significant archeology of Arch Creek in North Miami, from its earliest native inhabitants to the present.

The presentation also highlighted the FIU-Arch Creek Trust Digitization Project to preserve the organization’s archival records reflecting the expansive history and prehistory of the site. Through this project Trust volunteers — with support from FIU faculty and staff — scanned historical papers, photographs and other materials for inclusion in FIU’s dPanther Repository. They also contributed to metadata creation to support access to the historical materials in perpetuity.


Watch the Zoom meeting on YouTube:
MPNOD Zoom – Saturday, February 10, 2024
Arch Creek Trust


Enjoy the program? You can make a donation easily with one click.

Fred Hand’s Pioneer Miami Photo Studio

Fred Hand – Miami’s First Photo Studio

MPNOD – Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society

Saturday, January 13, 2024

The Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade welcomed Stephanie Garcia and Margarita Mirabal from the Miami-Dade Public Library’s digital collections and historic archives, with a program on photographer Fred Hand, proprietor of Miami’s first photo studio.


Watch the Zoom meeting on YouTube:
MPNOD Zoom – Saturday, January 13, 2024
Fred Hand – Miami’s First Photo Studio


Enjoy the program? You can make a donation easily with one click.

Miami — Wilderness Outpost To Vibrant Metropolis

Miami — Wilderness Outpost To Vibrant Metropolis

MPNOD – Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society

Saturday, October 14, 2023

The Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade historical society welcomed Casey Piket for another fine presentation on local history.

Since its inception, the City of Miami has evolved from a wilderness outpost to vibrant metropolis that continues to reinvent itself with each passing decade. The center of the city, and its most important thoroughfare, Flagler Street has also evolved over the past 127 years.

Aavocational historian Casey Piket presented a virtual walk down Flagler Street through the years from Biscayne Boulevard to the Dade County Courthouse, sharing historic photographs and the stories of the Magic City’s most colorful characters and iconic architectural heritage.


Watch the Zoom meeting on YouTube:
MPNOD Zoom – Saturday, October 14, 2023
Casey Piket: Miami — Wilderness Outpost To Vibrant Metropolis


Enjoy the program? You can make a donation easily with one click.

Sam Zygner - Baseball Under the Palms

Sam Zygner: Baseball Under the Palms

MPNOD – Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society

Saturday, July 8, 2023

The Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade historical society welcomed Sam Zygner, author of several books on the history of baseball in Miami, to our Saturday, July 8th meeting at 2pm at the Pinecrest Branch Library.

Sam’s books are titled, Baseball Under the Palms – History of Miami Minor League Baseball the Early Years: 1892-1960; and Baseball Under the Palms – History of Miami Minor League Baseball Volume 2: 1962-1991.

Sam’s historic presentation consists of an overview of the scope of minor league history in Miami and Miami Beach, the years 1892 through 1991, with a focus on the major highlights, the important names associated with overall baseball history that made their mark in Miami, and historic events and figures that coincided with the game as it developed from townball to officially-sanctioned professional play.


Watch the Zoom meeting on YouTube:
MPNOD Zoom – Saturday, July 8, 2023
Sam Zygner: Baseball Under the Palms


Enjoy the program? You can make a donation easily with one click.

Bea Brickell: Reflections of Old Miami and the Florida Keys

Bea Brickell on Reflections of Old Miami and the Florida Keys

MPNOD – Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society

Saturday, June 10, 2023

The Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade historical society hosted a monthly meeting on Saturday, June 10 at the Pinecrest Branch Library at 2pm to hear guest speaker Bea Brickell give a presentation on remembrances of Old Miami and the Florida Keys.

Among her topics were:

  • The Brickell household back when the boys William, Charles and George were growing up
  • Plantation Key: the skiff and the crocodile
  • Prohibition and gangsters – Key West to Miami

Beatrice A. Brickell, Esq. (Bea) is the great granddaughter of William and Mary Brickell. As a graduate of American University and Georgetown University Law Schools, she practiced international trade law in Washington DC for over 30 years and saw much of the world. She continues to travel and when not recalling tales of old Miami, spends summers fixing up a pioneer cabin near Big Sky, Montana. Bea also spends time in Beaufort,SC and Washington DC.


Watch the Zoom meeting on YouTube:
MPNOD Zoom – Saturday, June 10, 2023
Bea Brickell on Reflections of Old Miami and the Florida Keys


Enjoy the program? You can make a donation easily with one click.

Archaeologist Bob Carr - Ten Artifacts That Tell The Miami Story

Bob Carr: Ten Objects That Tell The Miami Story

MPNOD – Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society

Saturday, April 8, 2023

The Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade historical society welcomed noted Archaeologist Robert (Bob) Carr for a program on 10,000 years of Miami’s human occupation on Saturday, April 8, 2023.

Archaeologist Robert (Bob) Carr tells the story of 10,000 years of Miami’s human occupation by focusing on ten artifacts and objects beginning with Tequesta and Seminole artifacts that depict Miami’s first people. Miami’s historic period is highlighted from the founding of a Spanish mission at the mouth of the Miami River in 1567, American and Bahamian settlers, Fort Dallas to the mid twentieth century’s growth of Miami as a major American City.

Bob Carr has worked as an archaeologist with the State of Florida, the National Park Service, and became Dade County’s first archaeologist, and retired as the County director of Historic Preservation. He is currently director of the Florida not-for-profit Archaeological and Historical Conservancy, and author of numerous articles and two books: Digging Miami and a pictorial history of the Everglades. He has just completed a novel about the Miami Circle titled “The Python Conspiracy”.


Watch the Zoom meeting on YouTube:
MPNOD Zoom – Saturday, April 8, 2023
Ten Objects That Tell The Miami Story


Enjoy the program? You can make a donation easily with one click.

The History of Frankie's Pizza with Cesar Becerra

Cesar Becerra on Frankie’s Pizza

A Slice of Heaven
A “taste” of Frankie’s Pizza

MPNOD – Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society

Saturday, March 11, 2023

The Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade historical society presents historian Cesar Becerra and his program on Frankie’s Pizza on Bird Road.

The story begins on Valentines day in 1955. Two newly weds had just gone back from honeymooning in Miami Beach and hastily tossed giant baking pans in the trunk of their car and raced back to open Miami’s first pizza shop — Frankie’s On Bird Road.

The rest is history.


Watch the Zoom meeting on YouTube:
MPNOD Zoom – Saturday, March 11, 2023
A Slice of Heaven, A “taste” of Frankie’s Pizza


Enjoy the program? You can make a donation easily with one click.

Miami Pioneers - Architect Richard Heisenbottle

Architect Richard Heisenbottle
Historic Restoration in Miami

MPNOD – Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society

Saturday, February 11, 2023

The Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade historical society welcomed 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.


Watch the Zoom meeting on YouTube:
MPNOD Zoom – Saturday, February 11, 2023
Architect Richard Heisenbottle – Historic Restoration in Miami


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MPNOD - Sat, Jan 14 - Brad Bertelli: Henry Perrine and Indian Key

Brad Bertelli
Dr. Henry Perrine and Indian Key

MPNOD – Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society

Saturday, January 14, 2023

The Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade historical society presents historian Brad Bertelli and his program on The Henry Perrine and Indian Key Connection on Saturday, January 14, 2023.

Brad explores the life of Dr. Henry Perrine and his connection to Indian Key. Dr. Perrine sought to live in warmer climates after being accidentally poisoned by arsenic. The event altered his life trajectory, leading him to abandon the medical profession and pursue a career in horticulture. It also introduced him to Indian Key, where his life tragically ended during the second escalation of the Seminole War on August 7, 1840.

Brad Bertelli, a native of Southern California, moved to Florida in 1989 and into the Florida Keys in 2001. Today, he is an Honorary Conch, Florida Keys historian, speaker, and writer.


Watch the Zoom meeting on YouTube:
MPNOD Zoom – Saturday, January 14, 2023 – Brad Bertelli – Dr. Henry Perrine and Indian Key


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Miami Pioneers - Gaston Drake and Princeton

Miami Pioneer Gaston Drake

MPNOD – Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society

Saturday, October 8, 2022

Miami Pioneer Gaston Drake (1871-1955) was born in his maternal grandparents’ mansion in St. Louis, brought to the family orange groves in Yalaha on Lake Harris as an infant and educated at Princeton University. He came to Miami at the turn of the 20th century, and for over 50 years was a fixture in the Magic City’s business and social life.

His Drake Produce company shipped fresh fruits and vegetables north. He raised money from his Princeton classmates and created Drake Lumber, based in Princeton — the town in South Dade he named after his alma mater. Drake Lumber was a major supplier of timber for Henry Flagler’s Over-Sea Extension to Key West and John Collins’ wooden bridge that connected Miami Beach with Miami.

Daniel Patrick O’Connell is a retired investment banker/financial advisor who has lived in the Brickell neighborhood of Miami for four years. Pat is President of the Princeton Club of South Florida, which serves the 350+ Princeton University alumni in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.


Watch the Zoom meeting on YouTube:
MPNOD Zoom October 8, 2022 – Miami Pioneer Gaston Drake


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Matt Stock - Abandoned Everglades

Matt Stock Abandoned Everglades

MPNOD – Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society

Saturday, September 19, 2022

Award-winning Photographer Matt Stock has earned a reputation for his dramatic images of natural wonders, including his series of Abandoned Everglades.

Abandoned Vehicles of the Everglades explores the interaction between man and nature as seen through night-time environmental portraits of vehicles long abandoned in the Everglades ecosystem.

Each image was captured at night utilizing the highly specialized technique of light painting combined with long exposures and seasonally specific images without adding anything to or taking away from the scene. Everything you will see in these images was actually there on location: the super moon, the milky way, and of course the automobiles. Over the decades these man-made objects have become a part of the cycle of life as flora and fauna grow around and literally through them.


Watch the Zoom meeting on YouTube:
MPNOD Zoom September 10, 2022 – Matt Stock Abandoned Everglades


Enjoy the program? You can make a donation easily with one click.

Tony Pernas - The American Flamingo

Tony Pernas, American Flamingos

MPNOD – Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society

Saturday, July 9, 2022

The Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade historical Society presents a lecture by Tony Pernas on the History Of The American Flamingo. American Flamingos are a cultural icon of Florida, yet their status in Florida has been controversial for nearly a century. This presentation by Tony Pernas of the Florida Flamingo Working Group (FFWG) will shed light on the history of Florida Flamingos and efforts by FFWG to promote conservation and awareness.


Watch the Zoom meeting on YouTube:
MPNOD Zoom July 9, 2022 – Tony Pernas, American Flamingos


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Jason Vuic - The Swamp Peddlers

MPNOD – Jason Vuic
How Lot Sellers, Land Scammers, and Retirees Built Modern Florida and Transformed the American Dream.

MPNOD – Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society

Sunday, March 6, 2022

Our special guest is Jason Vuic, author of The Swamp Peddlers: How Lot Sellers, Land Scammers, and Retirees Built Modern Florida and Transformed the American Dream.

Florida has long beckoned retirees seeking to spend their golden years in the sun, but, for many, the American dream of owning a home there was financially impossible. That changed in the 1950s, when the so-called “installment land sales industry” seemingly appeared out of nowhere to hawk billions of dollars of Florida residential property, sight unseen, to retiring northerners.


Watch the Zoom meeting on YouTube:

MPNOD Zoom March 6, 2022 – Jason Vuic, author of The Swamp Peddlers


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MPNOD - National Park Service Museum and Archive - Bonnie Ciolio

MPNOD – National Park Service Museum and Archive with Bonnie Ciolino

MPNOD – Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society

Sunday, February 6, 2022

Our special guest was Bonnie Ciolino, archivist for the South Florida Collections Management Center in Everglades National Park with “Opening the Closed Doors: National Park Service Museum and Archival Collections in South Florida.”


Watch the Zoom meeting on YouTube:

MPNOD Zoom Feb 6, 2022 Annie Ciolino – National Park Service Museum and Archive


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Bob Carr - The Bigger Picture of Brickell Point

Archaeologist Bob Car on Brickell Point

MPNOD – Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society

Sunday, January 9, 2022


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MPNOD Zoom Jan 9, 2022 Bob Carr on Brickell Point


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Captured On Camera - Quick Takes of Historic Miami-Dade

Wolfson Archives – Captured On Camera

MPNOD – Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society

Sunday, November 7, 2021


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Cesar Becerra - Miami's 125th Anniversary

2021 August – Miami’s 125th Anniversary

MPNOD – Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Debut of Cesar Becerra’s new book

Orange Blossom 2.0


Watch the Zoom meeting on YouTube:

Orange Blossom 2.0

https://youtu.be/ClTcG0jGFAw


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the Forgotten History of Aladdin City

2021 June – The Forgotten History of Aladdin City

You might have noticed it when looking at maps of the Redland region, Miami’s countryside. The name of Aladdin City is labeled on the area near SW 216 Street (Hanlin Mill Road) and SW 162 Avenue (Farm Life Road). This triangle section, bordered by these two main roads, as well as the railroad tracks, was a well planned suburb destined to be an ideal community back in the 1920s.

Tune in for Robert Burr’s presentation on the Forgotten History of Aladdin City. You can also download the PDF version of the presentation

Please enjoy this YouTube video of the program.

Enjoy the program? You can make a donation easily with one click.

Becky Matkov - Flight Into Egypt Stained Glass Restoration Project

2021 May – Flight Into Egypt Stained Glass Restoration Project

Becky Roper Matkov, past president of the Deering Estate Foundation is our guest speaker on the recent stained glass restoration project Flight Into Egypt, along with a presentation by Elizabeth Battaglia, of the 100 Ladies of Deering.

Two rare pre-17th Century stained glass art panels that once belonged to Charles Deering have been restored and returned to the Deering Estate’s 1922 Stone House for permanent display. The project was made possible thanks to the donation of the panels by Mrs. Barbara Danielson and Mrs. Richard Danielson, and the initiative and funding of the 100 Ladies of Deering, a philanthropic circle of the Deering Estate Foundation, the Deering Estate Foundation’s Charles Deering McCormick Art Fund, and private donors.

100 Ladies of Deering web site: https://100ladiesofdeering.org

Please enjoy this YouTube video of the program.

Enjoy the program? You can make a donation easily with one click.

The Future of Miami Marine Stadium - Don Worth

2021 April – Don Worth – Miami Marine Stadium

Don Worth provides a power point presentation that describes the Stadium’s history, its present status, steps necessary to bring it back to life, and its remarkable and exciting future. Built in 1963, Miami Marine Stadium hosted many remarkable events during its 28 year history. The Stadium closed after Hurricane Andrew and has remained shuttered ever since.

Check the Restore Marine Stadium Facebook group page for updates. https://www.facebook.com/Restoremarinestadium/

Please enjoy this YouTube video of the program.

Enjoy the program? You can make a donation easily with one click.

A Short History of the Coconut Grove Sailing Club

2021 March – Renny Young – Coconut Grove Sailing Club

In December of 1945 a meeting was held at Dr. Paul Robertson’s home on Saint Gaudens Drive in Coconut Grove. About 30 people (men, women and boys) gathered to form a youth membership club to promote sailing, racing and water safety.

The club was titled the “Coconut Grove Sailing Club.”

Please enjoy this YouTube video of the program.

Enjoy the program? You can make a donation easily with one click.

Charles H. Baker and Java Head

2021 February – Charles H. Baker and Java Head

A recording of the Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade presentation about the life of world travelers and celebrated bon vivants Charles and Pauline Baker, creators of the famed Java Head residence on the Coral Gables Waterway. Charles Henry Baker Jr. was an American author best known for his culinary and cocktail writings.

Please enjoy this YouTube video of the program.

Enjoy the program? You can make a donation easily with one click.

The Barnacle - The Growing Up Years
2021 January – The Barnacle, The Growing Up Years

Marlin Ebbert presents a short documentary featuring interviews with Bill and Charlie Munroe, reminiscing about growing up at The Barnacle historic homesite in Coconut Grove. This live stream meeting on Zoom will include an interactive discussion with Marlin Ebbert and BIll Munroe. Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade members and friends, as well as the general public, are invited to join in, starting at 2pm on Sunday, January 10th.

Please enjoy this YouTube video of the program.

Enjoy the program? You can make a donation easily with one click.

Anthony Atwood - Miami Military Museum
2020 December – Miami Military Museum – This Old Headquarters

Celebrating the 79th anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day, Anthony Atwood presents a program on the history of the Military in South Florida on Sunday, December 6th at 2pm, via zoom online interactive video. Ten Floridians, including two from Homestead, are still on USS Arizona. We remember them and discuss the Pearl Harbor Remembrance hosted annually at the museum.

Please enjoy this YouTube video of the program.

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John Nordt III - history of Coconut Grove, Key Biscayne, Biscayne National Park
2020 November – John Nordt on Coconut Grove, Key Biscayne and Biscayne National Park

John Nordt III presents a program about the history of Coconut Grove in the late 19th century, the lighthouse keeper on Key Biscayne, Israel Lafayette Jones, his son Lancelot Jones, and history of Elliott Key from ship wrecking to pineapple farming to property ownership and development, finishing with the creation of Biscayne National Park from 1890 thru 1970s.

Please enjoy this YouTube video of the program.

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The Art of Bob Fink – from the Coral Gables Company to Everglades: River of Grass.
2020 October – The Art Of Bob Fink

Our guest speaker is Thomas Lockyear, Museum Manager at the Museum of the Everglades in Collier County, on the subject of Bob Fink, the son of Denman Fink –- who illustrated much of the promotional material for the Coral Gables Company.

Please enjoy this YouTube video of the program.

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The History of Arch Creek Trust

History of Arch Creek Trust

MPNOD – Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society

Saturday, February 10, 2024

The Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade were pleased to welcome Susan Weiss and Ximena Valdivia for a program on the history of preserving one of South Florida’s most iconic natural wonders.

The presentation provided an overview of Arch Creek Trust and its work in preserving the rich natural history and significant archeology of Arch Creek in North Miami, from its earliest native inhabitants to the present.

The presentation also highlighted the FIU-Arch Creek Trust Digitization Project to preserve the organization’s archival records reflecting the expansive history and prehistory of the site. Through this project Trust volunteers — with support from FIU faculty and staff — scanned historical papers, photographs and other materials for inclusion in FIU’s dPanther Repository. They also contributed to metadata creation to support access to the historical materials in perpetuity.


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MPNOD Zoom – Saturday, February 10, 2024
Arch Creek Trust


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Fred Hand’s Pioneer Miami Photo Studio

Fred Hand – Miami’s First Photo Studio

MPNOD – Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society

Saturday, January 13, 2024

The Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade welcomed Stephanie Garcia and Margarita Mirabal from the Miami-Dade Public Library’s digital collections and historic archives, with a program on photographer Fred Hand, proprietor of Miami’s first photo studio.


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MPNOD Zoom – Saturday, January 13, 2024
Fred Hand – Miami’s First Photo Studio


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Miami — Wilderness Outpost To Vibrant Metropolis

Miami — Wilderness Outpost To Vibrant Metropolis

MPNOD – Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society

Saturday, October 14, 2023

The Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade historical society welcomed Casey Piket for another fine presentation on local history.

Since its inception, the City of Miami has evolved from a wilderness outpost to vibrant metropolis that continues to reinvent itself with each passing decade. The center of the city, and its most important thoroughfare, Flagler Street has also evolved over the past 127 years.

Aavocational historian Casey Piket presented a virtual walk down Flagler Street through the years from Biscayne Boulevard to the Dade County Courthouse, sharing historic photographs and the stories of the Magic City’s most colorful characters and iconic architectural heritage.


Watch the Zoom meeting on YouTube:
MPNOD Zoom – Saturday, October 14, 2023
Casey Piket: Miami — Wilderness Outpost To Vibrant Metropolis


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Sam Zygner - Baseball Under the Palms

Sam Zygner: Baseball Under the Palms

MPNOD – Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society

Saturday, July 8, 2023

The Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade historical society welcomed Sam Zygner, author of several books on the history of baseball in Miami, to our Saturday, July 8th meeting at 2pm at the Pinecrest Branch Library.

Sam’s books are titled, Baseball Under the Palms – History of Miami Minor League Baseball the Early Years: 1892-1960; and Baseball Under the Palms – History of Miami Minor League Baseball Volume 2: 1962-1991.

Sam’s historic presentation consists of an overview of the scope of minor league history in Miami and Miami Beach, the years 1892 through 1991, with a focus on the major highlights, the important names associated with overall baseball history that made their mark in Miami, and historic events and figures that coincided with the game as it developed from townball to officially-sanctioned professional play.


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MPNOD Zoom – Saturday, July 8, 2023
Sam Zygner: Baseball Under the Palms


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Bea Brickell: Reflections of Old Miami and the Florida Keys

Bea Brickell on Reflections of Old Miami and the Florida Keys

MPNOD – Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society

Saturday, June 10, 2023

The Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade historical society hosted a monthly meeting on Saturday, June 10 at the Pinecrest Branch Library at 2pm to hear guest speaker Bea Brickell give a presentation on remembrances of Old Miami and the Florida Keys.

Among her topics were:

  • The Brickell household back when the boys William, Charles and George were growing up
  • Plantation Key: the skiff and the crocodile
  • Prohibition and gangsters – Key West to Miami

Beatrice A. Brickell, Esq. (Bea) is the great granddaughter of William and Mary Brickell. As a graduate of American University and Georgetown University Law Schools, she practiced international trade law in Washington DC for over 30 years and saw much of the world. She continues to travel and when not recalling tales of old Miami, spends summers fixing up a pioneer cabin near Big Sky, Montana. Bea also spends time in Beaufort,SC and Washington DC.


Watch the Zoom meeting on YouTube:
MPNOD Zoom – Saturday, June 10, 2023
Bea Brickell on Reflections of Old Miami and the Florida Keys


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Archaeologist Bob Carr - Ten Artifacts That Tell The Miami Story

Bob Carr: Ten Objects That Tell The Miami Story

MPNOD – Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society

Saturday, April 8, 2023

The Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade historical society welcomed noted Archaeologist Robert (Bob) Carr for a program on 10,000 years of Miami’s human occupation on Saturday, April 8, 2023.

Archaeologist Robert (Bob) Carr tells the story of 10,000 years of Miami’s human occupation by focusing on ten artifacts and objects beginning with Tequesta and Seminole artifacts that depict Miami’s first people. Miami’s historic period is highlighted from the founding of a Spanish mission at the mouth of the Miami River in 1567, American and Bahamian settlers, Fort Dallas to the mid twentieth century’s growth of Miami as a major American City.

Bob Carr has worked as an archaeologist with the State of Florida, the National Park Service, and became Dade County’s first archaeologist, and retired as the County director of Historic Preservation. He is currently director of the Florida not-for-profit Archaeological and Historical Conservancy, and author of numerous articles and two books: Digging Miami and a pictorial history of the Everglades. He has just completed a novel about the Miami Circle titled “The Python Conspiracy”.


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MPNOD Zoom – Saturday, April 8, 2023
Ten Objects That Tell The Miami Story


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The History of Frankie's Pizza with Cesar Becerra

Cesar Becerra on Frankie’s Pizza

A Slice of Heaven
A “taste” of Frankie’s Pizza

MPNOD – Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society

Saturday, March 11, 2023

The Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade historical society presents historian Cesar Becerra and his program on Frankie’s Pizza on Bird Road.

The story begins on Valentines day in 1955. Two newly weds had just gone back from honeymooning in Miami Beach and hastily tossed giant baking pans in the trunk of their car and raced back to open Miami’s first pizza shop — Frankie’s On Bird Road.

The rest is history.


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MPNOD Zoom – Saturday, March 11, 2023
A Slice of Heaven, A “taste” of Frankie’s Pizza


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Miami Pioneers - Architect Richard Heisenbottle

Architect Richard Heisenbottle
Historic Restoration in Miami

MPNOD – Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society

Saturday, February 11, 2023

The Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade historical society welcomed 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.


Watch the Zoom meeting on YouTube:
MPNOD Zoom – Saturday, February 11, 2023
Architect Richard Heisenbottle – Historic Restoration in Miami


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MPNOD - Sat, Jan 14 - Brad Bertelli: Henry Perrine and Indian Key

Brad Bertelli
Dr. Henry Perrine and Indian Key

MPNOD – Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society

Saturday, January 14, 2023

The Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade historical society presents historian Brad Bertelli and his program on The Henry Perrine and Indian Key Connection on Saturday, January 14, 2023.

Brad explores the life of Dr. Henry Perrine and his connection to Indian Key. Dr. Perrine sought to live in warmer climates after being accidentally poisoned by arsenic. The event altered his life trajectory, leading him to abandon the medical profession and pursue a career in horticulture. It also introduced him to Indian Key, where his life tragically ended during the second escalation of the Seminole War on August 7, 1840.

Brad Bertelli, a native of Southern California, moved to Florida in 1989 and into the Florida Keys in 2001. Today, he is an Honorary Conch, Florida Keys historian, speaker, and writer.


Watch the Zoom meeting on YouTube:
MPNOD Zoom – Saturday, January 14, 2023 – Brad Bertelli – Dr. Henry Perrine and Indian Key


Enjoy the program? You can make a donation easily with one click.

Miami Pioneers - Gaston Drake and Princeton

Miami Pioneer Gaston Drake

MPNOD – Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society

Saturday, October 8, 2022

Miami Pioneer Gaston Drake (1871-1955) was born in his maternal grandparents’ mansion in St. Louis, brought to the family orange groves in Yalaha on Lake Harris as an infant and educated at Princeton University. He came to Miami at the turn of the 20th century, and for over 50 years was a fixture in the Magic City’s business and social life.

His Drake Produce company shipped fresh fruits and vegetables north. He raised money from his Princeton classmates and created Drake Lumber, based in Princeton — the town in South Dade he named after his alma mater. Drake Lumber was a major supplier of timber for Henry Flagler’s Over-Sea Extension to Key West and John Collins’ wooden bridge that connected Miami Beach with Miami.

Daniel Patrick O’Connell is a retired investment banker/financial advisor who has lived in the Brickell neighborhood of Miami for four years. Pat is President of the Princeton Club of South Florida, which serves the 350+ Princeton University alumni in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.


Watch the Zoom meeting on YouTube:
MPNOD Zoom October 8, 2022 – Miami Pioneer Gaston Drake


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Matt Stock - Abandoned Everglades

Matt Stock Abandoned Everglades

MPNOD – Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society

Saturday, September 19, 2022

Award-winning Photographer Matt Stock has earned a reputation for his dramatic images of natural wonders, including his series of Abandoned Everglades.

Abandoned Vehicles of the Everglades explores the interaction between man and nature as seen through night-time environmental portraits of vehicles long abandoned in the Everglades ecosystem.

Each image was captured at night utilizing the highly specialized technique of light painting combined with long exposures and seasonally specific images without adding anything to or taking away from the scene. Everything you will see in these images was actually there on location: the super moon, the milky way, and of course the automobiles. Over the decades these man-made objects have become a part of the cycle of life as flora and fauna grow around and literally through them.


Watch the Zoom meeting on YouTube:
MPNOD Zoom September 10, 2022 – Matt Stock Abandoned Everglades


Enjoy the program? You can make a donation easily with one click.

Tony Pernas - The American Flamingo

Tony Pernas, American Flamingos

MPNOD – Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society

Saturday, July 9, 2022

The Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade historical Society presents a lecture by Tony Pernas on the History Of The American Flamingo. American Flamingos are a cultural icon of Florida, yet their status in Florida has been controversial for nearly a century. This presentation by Tony Pernas of the Florida Flamingo Working Group (FFWG) will shed light on the history of Florida Flamingos and efforts by FFWG to promote conservation and awareness.


Watch the Zoom meeting on YouTube:
MPNOD Zoom July 9, 2022 – Tony Pernas, American Flamingos


Enjoy the program? You can make a donation easily with one click.

Jason Vuic - The Swamp Peddlers

MPNOD – Jason Vuic
How Lot Sellers, Land Scammers, and Retirees Built Modern Florida and Transformed the American Dream.

MPNOD – Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society

Sunday, March 6, 2022

Our special guest is Jason Vuic, author of The Swamp Peddlers: How Lot Sellers, Land Scammers, and Retirees Built Modern Florida and Transformed the American Dream.

Florida has long beckoned retirees seeking to spend their golden years in the sun, but, for many, the American dream of owning a home there was financially impossible. That changed in the 1950s, when the so-called “installment land sales industry” seemingly appeared out of nowhere to hawk billions of dollars of Florida residential property, sight unseen, to retiring northerners.


Watch the Zoom meeting on YouTube:

MPNOD Zoom March 6, 2022 – Jason Vuic, author of The Swamp Peddlers


Enjoy the program? You can make a donation easily with one click.

MPNOD - National Park Service Museum and Archive - Bonnie Ciolio

MPNOD – National Park Service Museum and Archive with Bonnie Ciolino

MPNOD – Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society

Sunday, February 6, 2022

Our special guest was Bonnie Ciolino, archivist for the South Florida Collections Management Center in Everglades National Park with “Opening the Closed Doors: National Park Service Museum and Archival Collections in South Florida.”


Watch the Zoom meeting on YouTube:

MPNOD Zoom Feb 6, 2022 Annie Ciolino – National Park Service Museum and Archive


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Bob Carr - The Bigger Picture of Brickell Point

Archaeologist Bob Car on Brickell Point

MPNOD – Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society

Sunday, January 9, 2022


Watch the Zoom meeting on YouTube:

MPNOD Zoom Jan 9, 2022 Bob Carr on Brickell Point


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Captured On Camera - Quick Takes of Historic Miami-Dade

Wolfson Archives – Captured On Camera

MPNOD – Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society

Sunday, November 7, 2021


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Cesar Becerra - Miami's 125th Anniversary

2021 August – Miami’s 125th Anniversary

MPNOD – Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Debut of Cesar Becerra’s new book

Orange Blossom 2.0


Watch the Zoom meeting on YouTube:

Orange Blossom 2.0

https://youtu.be/ClTcG0jGFAw


Enjoy the program? You can make a donation easily with one click.

the Forgotten History of Aladdin City

2021 June – The Forgotten History of Aladdin City

You might have noticed it when looking at maps of the Redland region, Miami’s countryside. The name of Aladdin City is labeled on the area near SW 216 Street (Hanlin Mill Road) and SW 162 Avenue (Farm Life Road). This triangle section, bordered by these two main roads, as well as the railroad tracks, was a well planned suburb destined to be an ideal community back in the 1920s.

Tune in for Robert Burr’s presentation on the Forgotten History of Aladdin City. You can also download the PDF version of the presentation

Please enjoy this YouTube video of the program.

Enjoy the program? You can make a donation easily with one click.

Becky Matkov - Flight Into Egypt Stained Glass Restoration Project

2021 May – Flight Into Egypt Stained Glass Restoration Project

Becky Roper Matkov, past president of the Deering Estate Foundation is our guest speaker on the recent stained glass restoration project Flight Into Egypt, along with a presentation by Elizabeth Battaglia, of the 100 Ladies of Deering.

Two rare pre-17th Century stained glass art panels that once belonged to Charles Deering have been restored and returned to the Deering Estate’s 1922 Stone House for permanent display. The project was made possible thanks to the donation of the panels by Mrs. Barbara Danielson and Mrs. Richard Danielson, and the initiative and funding of the 100 Ladies of Deering, a philanthropic circle of the Deering Estate Foundation, the Deering Estate Foundation’s Charles Deering McCormick Art Fund, and private donors.

100 Ladies of Deering web site: https://100ladiesofdeering.org

Please enjoy this YouTube video of the program.

Enjoy the program? You can make a donation easily with one click.

The Future of Miami Marine Stadium - Don Worth

2021 April – Don Worth – Miami Marine Stadium

Don Worth provides a power point presentation that describes the Stadium’s history, its present status, steps necessary to bring it back to life, and its remarkable and exciting future. Built in 1963, Miami Marine Stadium hosted many remarkable events during its 28 year history. The Stadium closed after Hurricane Andrew and has remained shuttered ever since.

Check the Restore Marine Stadium Facebook group page for updates. https://www.facebook.com/Restoremarinestadium/

Please enjoy this YouTube video of the program.

Enjoy the program? You can make a donation easily with one click.

A Short History of the Coconut Grove Sailing Club

2021 March – Renny Young – Coconut Grove Sailing Club

In December of 1945 a meeting was held at Dr. Paul Robertson’s home on Saint Gaudens Drive in Coconut Grove. About 30 people (men, women and boys) gathered to form a youth membership club to promote sailing, racing and water safety.

The club was titled the “Coconut Grove Sailing Club.”

Please enjoy this YouTube video of the program.

Enjoy the program? You can make a donation easily with one click.

Charles H. Baker and Java Head

2021 February – Charles H. Baker and Java Head

A recording of the Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade presentation about the life of world travelers and celebrated bon vivants Charles and Pauline Baker, creators of the famed Java Head residence on the Coral Gables Waterway. Charles Henry Baker Jr. was an American author best known for his culinary and cocktail writings.

Please enjoy this YouTube video of the program.

Enjoy the program? You can make a donation easily with one click.

The Barnacle - The Growing Up Years
2021 January – The Barnacle, The Growing Up Years

Marlin Ebbert presents a short documentary featuring interviews with Bill and Charlie Munroe, reminiscing about growing up at The Barnacle historic homesite in Coconut Grove. This live stream meeting on Zoom will include an interactive discussion with Marlin Ebbert and BIll Munroe. Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade members and friends, as well as the general public, are invited to join in, starting at 2pm on Sunday, January 10th.

Please enjoy this YouTube video of the program.

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Anthony Atwood - Miami Military Museum
2020 December – Miami Military Museum – This Old Headquarters

Celebrating the 79th anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day, Anthony Atwood presents a program on the history of the Military in South Florida on Sunday, December 6th at 2pm, via zoom online interactive video. Ten Floridians, including two from Homestead, are still on USS Arizona. We remember them and discuss the Pearl Harbor Remembrance hosted annually at the museum.

Please enjoy this YouTube video of the program.

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John Nordt III - history of Coconut Grove, Key Biscayne, Biscayne National Park
2020 November – John Nordt on Coconut Grove, Key Biscayne and Biscayne National Park

John Nordt III presents a program about the history of Coconut Grove in the late 19th century, the lighthouse keeper on Key Biscayne, Israel Lafayette Jones, his son Lancelot Jones, and history of Elliott Key from ship wrecking to pineapple farming to property ownership and development, finishing with the creation of Biscayne National Park from 1890 thru 1970s.

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The Art of Bob Fink – from the Coral Gables Company to Everglades: River of Grass.
2020 October – The Art Of Bob Fink

Our guest speaker is Thomas Lockyear, Museum Manager at the Museum of the Everglades in Collier County, on the subject of Bob Fink, the son of Denman Fink –- who illustrated much of the promotional material for the Coral Gables Company.

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Upcoming Programs

See the calendar and special events page for details.

We’re proud to bring many good speakers to make presentations about local history to our audience. If you find these topics of interest, please share with a friend.

Please offer a donation to cover the cost of presentations when you attend a meeting. We very much appreciate those who can provide refreshments such as cookies, crackers, brownies, etc. for social time after the meeting.

Annual Dues

Our annual membership dues are $20 a year. Use the online Pay Pal link for your donation, or mail your check made to MP/NOD to our Treasurer: Marlene B. Carlin, 14900 SW 71 Ave, Miami, FL 33158.

Annual dues of $20 are payable in September to the Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society.

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All donations are greatly appreciated. Help us maintain our historical programs and presentations for the benefit of our community.


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If you prefer to send a check in the mail, please make your payment payable to MPNOD and send to:
MPNOD - c/o Marlene Carlin
14900 SW 71 Ave
Miami FL 33158