Remembering the Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre

September 11th, 2018

Actor Burt Reynolds passed away on September 6, 2018 at 82 years old. He was well known for his roles in films such as “Deliverance” and “Smokey and the Bandit.” Reynolds was also a Florida native who founded one of the most famous cultural centers in South Florida, the Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre Read More...

Burdines: “The Florida Store”

August 21st, 2018

  [caption id="attachment_3608" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Burdines building looking east along Flagler Street from the intersection with Miami Avenue. Photo courtesy of the State Library and Archives of Florida.[/caption] Before the era of mega malls, there were department stores.  One of the most memorable local department stores in Florida was Burdines Read More...

Sponge Diving at Tarpon Springs

June 5th, 2018

   Spring Bayou.  Photo courtesy of the State Archives of Florida. Tarpon Springs is a quaint little fishing village named after a type of fish that thrived around the waters of the city in the late 19th century. This small town is located on the Anclote River less than a mile from the Gulf of Mexico, is famous as the "sponge capital of the world," and is known for its delectable seafood Read More...

Olympia Theater: Miami’s Cinematic Palace

December 21st, 2017

Construction of the Olympia theater 1925-1926. Photo courtesy of the Florida Archives. Downtown Miami’s transient cityscape is constantly changing. Several of downtown’s original structures have already been demolished to make way for modern office spaces and condominiums. Fortunately, the Olympia Theater is one of the few original Miami landmarks that still remains Read More...

The Dog Days of Summer

August 22nd, 2017

The "dog days of summer" happen to be some of the hottest days in North America. Contrary to popular belief, the phrase has nothing to do with our beloved canine companions. Instead, the phrase "dog days of summer" has roots dating back thousands of years, and is actually associated with the movement of the cosmos Read More...

Iconic Artifacts of the Miami Science Museum

May 4th, 2017

On Monday, May 8, the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science will celebrate its grand opening at its new location at Downtown Miami's Museum Park. On this edition of Learning from Miami,  we bid the old Miami Science museum a fond farewell.  Take a leisurely stroll back in time in the history of Museum Park and look back at some of the original museum’s most cherished artifacts Read More...

Proposed Chinatown Coming to North Miami

April 3rd, 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWKs2DDKSYo&feature=youtu.be News reports featuring the first and second annual Chinese New Year parade in South Florida. Videos courtesy of the Wolfson Archives.    A Chinatown in Miami, why not? It’s no secret that cultural neighborhoods in major cities can be popular tourist destinations Read More...

Presidential Homes of South Florida

February 17th, 2017

In honor of President's Day, Learning from Miami showcases the luxurious South Florida homes of some of America's presidents. Harry Truman’s Key West Retreat President Harry Truman’s Little White House was built in 1890. The edifice functioned as the Key West naval station’s command headquarters during the Spanish-American War, World War I and World War II Read More...

Unusual Homes of Florida

January 24th, 2017

Florida homes are extremely diverse, and have been shaped by an eclectic array of different architectural styles. In this edition of Learning from Miami, we visit some very unconventional residences and the people who call these places home.  South Miami Dome Home In this clip, architect Bob Koger, invites WTVJ to tour his energy efficient Geodesic Dome home Read More...

A South Florida Christmas: Deck the Halls with Christmas Decor

December 15th, 2016

Exterior Christmas home decor sure has come a long way from simple lights hung around homes to the elaborate where Christmas light displays flicker to the rhythm of music. The first home Christmas lights are thought to have been put up in 1882 by Edward Johnson, who was an executive at Thomas Edison's company Read More...