BRING-AND-BRAG COMES TO TOWN HALL MUSEUM

Homestead’s own Historic Town Hall Museum at 41 N. Krome Avenue will host a Bring-And-Brag session on Saturday, December 2 from 1 to 4 p.m. The event is free.

Experts will be on hand to value items and to share the relevant history of family antiques.

The Museum wants to identify pieces of original Homestead history, although any article can be shared.

The rules for Bring-And-Brag are simple. Just two items allowed per customer (a set of dishes would be one item). Second, the Museum suggest no bulky items or large furniture (but bring a photograph instead). Exceptions can be made for significant examples from our City’s history.

The Museum will be decorated for the holidays because Homestead’s traditional Christmas tree lighting and Santa visit are scheduled for Losner Park after 5 p.m. To celebrate, every participant in the Museum Bring-And-Brag will be given a treat.

What pieces of history should you save? It’s simple. Come to the free Bring-And-Brag on December 2nd and let the experts tell you.

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Click on the Articles tab in the menu bar to read posts about the history of the Homestead area. Click on the Researchers tab in the menu bar to view what the Museum currently has on line for those interested in the history of Homestead.

Be sure to scroll down to check the new Bulletin Board, below the photograph of the fire engine, for new items of interest.

The Historic Homestead Town Hall Museum is located in the original Town Hall of the City of Homestead, built in 1917. It is located across the street from Losner Park, just a short distance from the newly-restored Seminole Theater.

On June 16, 2017, our long-time Director, Ruth Campbell, unexpectedly resigned. Larry Diehl will assume the position of interim director on July 18, 2017 and the museum will reopen with the same hours as before: Tuesday through Saturday, from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Admission is free. We will be open during the special events that Main Street Homestead puts on every month starting in September and running through May.

Read about the history of the building that houses the Town Hall Museum.

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We are located at 41 N. Krome Avenue and our phone number is 305-242-4463.  We have displays of historical artifacts, copies of photographs of early families and places and a library and archives open to researchers by appointment.  We also have books, cards and other items for sale.

Our most popular exhibit is the City of Homestead’s original 1924 American LaFrance fire truck, which was restored by private citizens in the Tampa Bay area. It is now home again and on display in the Museum.

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BULLETIN BOARD
Check this bulletin board from time to time – this is where new information about the Museum and its holdings will be posted. To access these holdings, click on the Researchers tab.

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This comprehensive history of Everglades National Park, just web-published by Robert W. Blythe, who placed it in the public domain, is based on extensive research in federal, state, and conservation organization archives; it contains a host of information not found elsewhere and is likely to remain the definitive history of the park for some time.

Wilderness on the Edge: A History of Everglades National Park, is 640 pages long and includes dozens of historic photos and about two dozen maps created just for this work. The author, Robert W. Blythe, prepared a comprehensive index and the appendices include all the Park’s legislation, visitation figures, a chronology and a glossary of names.

To download this book, click on the links that are on the Researchers tab.