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Free lecture "Wood & Stone: Early South Florida Architecture" at the Deering Estate

MIAMI (January 23, 2018)

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 p.m. Lectures are held in the Visitor Center Theatre at the Deering Estate located at 16701 SW 72 Avenue. The lecture on Thursday, February 8th is "Wood & Stone: Early South Florida Architecture" with Sylvia Gurinsky.

Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
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 H's - 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 will 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.  A Florida International University 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 Deering Estate preserves the 1920's era Miami estate of Charles Deering, Chicago industrialist, early preservationist, environmentalist, art collector, philanthropist, and first chairman of the International Harvester Company. The Deering Estate's first 30 years were marked by preservation and conservation of these rich cultural and ecological resources, while our future builds upon the wonderful legacy of stewardship created by Charles Deering. From canoe tours to bird walks and guided Historic House and 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 art, culture, history, science, preservation, conservation and ecology at the Deering Estate today!

Archaeological Society of Southern Florida
Free lecture "Wood & Stone: Early South Florida Architecture"
February 08, 2018 — 07:00 p.m. - 09:00 p.m.
Deering Estate 16701 SW 72 Avenue Miami, FL 305-235-1668 ext. 233