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For Immediate Release:
April 16, 2013
Media Contact:
Cathy Guerra
ferrec@miamidade.gov
305-235-1668

Free Lecture at the Deering Estate at Cutler ''World War II and the Blimp Base at Richmond Field''


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, May 9th, 2013, at 7:00 pm
Topic: "World War II and the Blimp Base at Richmond Field"
Presenter: Dr. Anthony Atwood
Visitor Center Auditorium
FREE and open to the public.

Have you ever reflected on South Florida's role during World War II?  Are you familiar with the Richmond Field Blimp Base which was active during that time period?  On Thursday, May 9th, Dr. Anthony Atwood will discuss the importance of Florida's role, emphasis on South Florida, not simply as a vast training camp, but equally important as a point of departure of United States military air power around the world.  The offshore waters were also the scene of a critical navy battle, one of the few in the western hemisphere. Anthony Atwood Ph.D. is a recently retired Navy Reserve Officer, the Executive Director of the Military Museum and Memorial of South Florida, a Florida International University History professor, and a native Miamian.

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.