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Free lecture at the Deering Estate

MIAMI (May 17, 2017)

In partnership with the Archaeological Society of Southern Florida, the Deering Estate presents a free lecture on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm. The lecture on Thursday, June 8th is "Wood & Stone: Early South Florida Architecture." Lectures are held in the Visitor Center Theatre at the Deering Estate located at 16701 SW 72 Avenue.

Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Topic: "Wood & Stone: Early South Florida Architecture"
Presenter: Sylvia Gurinsky
Deering Estate, Visitor Center Theatre; FREE & open to the public.

From thousands of years to a century ago, South Florida's pioneers learned to be creative in construction. Using natural materials such as limestone and Dade County Pine, they came up with many legendary structures that have survived the three Hs - heat, humidity and hurricanes.

This program takes a look at the best of those local wood and stone structures, including how they were built, how many were preserved and how the public can see them. We'll open up those lighthouses, chickees, bungalows, a few mansions - and more!

Born in Miami, Sylvia Gurinsky is a history consultant, tour guide and freelance writer.  An FIU graduate, she spent 17 years as a local broadcast and print journalist for WPLG-Channel 10 and Forum Publishing Group. Her current work includes leading school and community tours for HistoryMiami and teaching for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at FIU, the Lifelong Learning Institute at Nova Southeastern University and the Girls Empowerment and Mentoring Summer Arts Camp at the Women’s Park. She is currently co-hosting "Roadside Florida," a series of programs about Florida's beloved roadside tourist attractions, for Miami-Dade College TV.

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.

About the Deering Estate
The 450+ acre Deering Estate is an environmental, archaeological and historical preserve. From canoe tours to butterfly walks and guided Historic House & Natural Areas Tours, the Deering Estate has diverse activities for the whole family to enjoy. The Estate is part of the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department, which manages the Estate on behalf of the State of Florida. Discover More history, art, culture, science, preservation, conservation and ecology at the Deering Estate!