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joined guests and friends of the Dade Heritage Trust for the recent opening of their summer exhibition: Stiltsville: Life on the Flats.

When determining what might make a great summertime exhibition, the Trust decided to celebrate South Florida’s National Parks and the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service by showcasing Stiltsville.

Uniquely Miami, this set of structures in Biscayne National Park has a colorful past and presents a captivating story – blending architecture, fun, environment, hurricanes and activism –  all captured in the original exhibit.

“Presenting this exhibit gives Dade Heritage Trust a wonderful opportunity to educate our visitors and new Miamians about our organization, and shed some light on the importance of preservation”, says Dade Heritage Trust’s Executive Director, Christine Rupp.  “The Trust also serves as an official Heritage Tourism Center for the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, so guests from around the globe are learning about Stiltsville.”

Curated by Donna Shelly and designed by Little Gables Group, the exhibit features images by photographers Brian Call and Brian King, original video, historic photos and memorabilia contributed by Antoinette Baldwin and the Stiltsville Trust.

Dade Heritage Trust is Miami-Dade County’s largest historic preservation organization.  It’s focus is preserving our community’s architectural, environmental and cultural heritage, through education and advocacy.  The organization’s offices are located in the 1905 office of Miami’s first physician, Dr. James Jackson; a lovely one-story wood frame building in the heart of Brickell.  With beautiful natural light, tall ceilings and 1900’s architectural details, the former waiting rooms have been converted into gallery spaces which house changing exhibits.

Admission to the exhibit is complimentary.  Dade Heritage Trust is located at 190 SE 12 Terrace and Brickell Bay Drive and is open seven days a week, 10-5 Monday thru Saturday and 12-5 on Sundays.


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