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For Immediate Release:
February 23, 2013
Media Contact:
Cathy Guerra

Free Lecture at the Deering Estate at Cutler ''Maritime History of Southern Florida''

In partnership with the Archaeological Society of Southern Florida, the Deering Estate at Cutler presents a free lecture on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm. Lectures are held in the Visitor Center Auditorium at the Deering Estate at Cutler located at 16701 SW 72 Avenue. The lectures are free and open to the public.

The Deering Estate at Cutler will also host its 2013 "Archaeology Day" on Saturday, March 16th. Activities and programs for the entire family will be held from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm including educational activities, expert lectures and walking tours of the historic Tekesta Trail.

Thursday, March 14th at 7:00 pm
Topic: Maritime History of Southern Florida
Presenter: Ray Stewart, Maritime historian and enthusiast
Visitor Center Auditorium
FREE & open to the public.

With 2,276 statute miles of coast line, Florida cannot be studied without focusing on its maritime history, and this includes those scavengers of the sea, Pirates. Florida's development has always depended on its waterways and the men and women who sail its coastline. Ray strongly believes we Floridians survive, profit, and die because of the sea. Ray's extensive maritime experience began with his boating family's home on the New England shore. He served in U.S. Coast Guard lifeboat stations, ships at sea, and while assigned to the Key West Coast Guard Station temporarily as the Key West Lighthouse Keeper. His upbringing and his Coast Guard experience instilled in Ray a love of all things nautical and especially of our nation's maritime service. One of his career highlights was rescuing crews off freighters in the north Atlantic while aboard a weather ship.

About the Deering Estate at Cutler
The Deering Estate at Cutler, a Miami-Dade County Park, is located at 16701 SW 72 Avenue in Miami. This 444-acre natural and archeological preserve and historic site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as a center for education, culture and recreation. Historic house tours are offered daily at 10:30 am - 3:00 pm. Natural areas tours are offered daily at 12:30 pm (October - May). EcoAdventure Tours are also offered throughout the year for an additional fee. For more information on the Deering Estate's educational and cultural programs, please visit

About the Archaeological Society of Southern Florida
The Archaeological Society of Southern Florida (ASSF) was established in 1949. The ASSF operates as a non-profit, volunteer organization which acts as a support mechanism for the office of the Miami-Dade County Archaeologist, serves as a focal point for local archaeology enthusiasts and professionals in the field, and helps to promote knowledge and appreciation of native archaeological and historical sites in the South Florida area.