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For Immediate Release:
April 01, 2013
Media Contact:
Cathy Guerra
ferrec@miamidade.gov
305-235-1668

Free Lecture at The Deering Estate at Cutler: ''Dade County in the Second Seminole War: A Place of Fire and Blood''


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.

Thursday, April 11th, at 7:00 pm
Topic: Dade County in the Second Seminole War: A Place of Fire and Blood
Presenter: Ernest Lent
Visitor Center Auditorium
FREE & open to the public.

The Second Seminole War was the longest, costliest, and least successful of all the Indian wars that the United States ever fought, but it is a war that has been largely forgotten. This war was waged across all of Florida, from the Panhandle to the Keys, and some more important events took place in South Florida. In fact, several incidents took place within sight of what is now the Deering Estate. If you live in Palmetto Bay, Cutler Bay, Perrine, or Pinecrest, one important engagement might have even taken place in your backyard. The talk will be a discussion of several of the events that affected South Florida.

Ernest Lent recently retired as the senior naturalist at the Deering Estate at Cutler. He graduated with a degree in History from Florida Atlantic University. He has worked in Everglades National Park as a naturalist and guide at Shark Valley and was a naturalist with Miami-Dade Parks and recreation for about 12 years. Prior to that, he worked as a counselor and supervisor in the trauma center at Jackson Memorial Hospital for more than 15 years.

Mr. Lent developed the very popular Mock Archaeology Dig program for the Estate, as well as the Bird walk, Pine Rockland walk, Ethnobotany tour, Tekesta Trail program and numerous other educational programs.

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 www.deeringestate.org.

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.