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Florida Keys or Bust! A History of Tourism
The talk focuses on the development of the Florida Keys as a tourist destination. It walks through the islands’ history to discover why they maintain their allure for travelers. Why did tourists visit and how did they get here? Where did they stay and what activities were available? And just who were these tourists? Were they people in search of the perfect climate to recuperate from health concerns or were they members of the gay community coming to enjoy its ‘come as you are’ attitude?

Nov 2, 2021 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Cori Convertito
Curator @Key West Art & Historical Society
Dr Cori Convertito is Curator at the Key West Art & Historical Society in Key West, Florida, a position she has held since 2012. The museums she oversees include the Key West Museum of Art & History at the Custom House, the Key West Lighthouse & Keeper’s Quarters and the East Martello Museum. She has researched and installed over 45 exhibitions at the Custom House on both art and history topics. Additionally, she hosts a monthly talk entitled ‘Happy Hour with the Historian’ which looks at various aspects of Florida Keys history. Additionally, She holds a Ph.D. in British Naval History from the University of Exeter, U.K., her thesis entitled ‘The Health of British Seamen in the West Indies, 1770-1806’, for which she was awarded the Boydell & Brewer Prize for the best doctoral thesis in maritime history, 2011-12.