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For Immediate Release:
April 20, 2015
Media Contact:
Brittany Jones
jonesb@miamidade.gov
305-235-1668

Free lecture at the Deering Estate at Cutler: "Tamiami Trail - How It Came About"


(MIAMI, April 20, 2015) – 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 Theatre at the Deering Estate at Cutler located at 16701 SW 72 Avenue. The lectures are free and open to the public.

Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Topic: “Tamiami Trail – How it Came About”
Presenter: Bob DeGross

Visitor Center Theatre; FREE & open to the public.

The opening of the Tamiami Trail in 1928 changed the face of South Florida for generations to come.  The construction of the road was a feat likened to the construction of the Panama Canal.  Bob DeGross, will highlight the challenges of constructing a highway across the Everglades using 1920s equipment and technology. Bob will also include a discussion about Monroe Station and its purpose.

Bob moved to South Florida from Wisconsin in 1994 to work in Everglades National Park. In 2003 he moved to the west coast of Florida to work at the neighboring Big Cypress National Preserve where he is the Chief of Interpretation and Public Affairs.

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). DeeringAdventure 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.

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