Historical Preservation Society of the Upper Keys

    P.O. Box 2200     Key Largo, FL 33037




Jerry Wilkinson, President


Our August program will be our usual second Monday of the month at the Key Largo Library Community Room in the Trade Winds Shopping Plaza at mile marker 101.5.  So please mark your calendars for Monday, August 13th at 7 pm and pass the word along to others who may have an interest.


This month our program will be a presentation on the history of the Christ of the Deep underwater statue given by HPSUK President Jerry Wilkinson.  The narrated slideshow delves into where the statue came from, why it is located at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and the additional castings of the original Christ of the Abyss located around the world.


Last month's program was a presentation titled The Florida East Coast Railway Scare given by HPSUK President Jerry Wilkinson.  The narrated slideshow features period newspaper clippings that outline a series of events that could have resulted in the Overseas Railroad not being built to Key West. We had twenty-four in attendance. 


September meeting change of venue alert: our September 10th program will be held at the Keys History & Discovery Center, mm 82.1 oceanside from 5:30-7:30 pm.  We will be gathering for a ribbon-cutting at the Jerry Wilkinson Research Library and a celebration of Jerry’s 90th birthday!  Please plan to join us for an evening honoring our HPSUK President! 


The books “Images of Key Largo” and “Images of Islamorada” will be available at our meeting for $22 each.  We also have copies of the hardcover “Images of Marathon: The Middle Keys” for $25 and K Wilkinson’s book “It Had to Be You” for $15.  If you would like them mailed someplace, just add $3 to the listed price to cover the cost of shipping.  As a new benefit, paid members receive $1 off all book purchases!  All book sales help the Historical Society continue to keep our local history alive.


Membership renewals were due at the first of the year.  Thank you to those who have already renewed.  Our membership box will be at the front desk at our meeting so we can assist you with your renewal. You will also find information below about how to renew your membership through the mail.  We now send an electronic version of our newsletter.  If you would like to receive the email version, make sure you include your email address when you renew or send a request to Erin Muir at erindmuir@gmail.com.




Historical Preservation Society of the Upper Keys, Inc.

Post Office Box 2200 Key Largo, Florida 33037 Phone (305) 896-6526


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