Marjory Stoneman Douglas: Lady of the Everglades

March 27th, 2014

Photo Courtesy: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory Marjory Stoneman Douglas’ (1890-1998) name is synonymous with Florida environmental activism. The Minnesota-born, Wellesley College graduate came to Miami in 1915, at age 25, to work as a society columnist for the Miami Herald. Her father, Frank Stoneman, was editor-in-chief at the time Read More...

School House Rock: Overtown’s Booker T. Washington High School

February 20th, 2014

Booker T. Washington School Building, February 15, 1930. Photo Courtesy: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory Grab your books, head out the door, and get ready for class at Booker T. Washington Senior High School. The Overtown high school has made recent news with its nationally ranked championship football team Read More...

Light from Darkness: Purvis Young’s Public Art Projects

February 14th, 2014

Purvis Young in his studio. Photo Courtesy: The New York Times Student Journalism Institute Beyond the constant roar of Interstate 95 and the scattered detritus of an era long forgotten, there are the brightly painted wall surfaces done by the late artist Purvis Young. The African-American artist, born in 1943, lived and worked in Overtown until his death in 2010 Read More...

Hot Couture: Downtown Miami’s Burdines Building

December 19th, 2013

Flagler Street at night. Postmarked July 20,1956. Photo Courtesy: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory Famous for being the source for year-round “Sunshine Fashions,” Burdines department store was founded in 1896 in Bartow, Florida by William Burdine and partner Henry Payne Read More...

Fins, Futurism, & Fun: Miami Seaquarium

December 12th, 2013

While the rest of the country bundles up this winter, South Florida visitors and locals can spend a simmering day at the Miami Seaquarium. Approaching its 60th anniversary, the Seaquarium opened its doors on September 24th, 1955. The $2 million project, which took 14 months of construction to create the 38-acre marine-life attraction, was the dream of wealthy Ohio industrialist Fred D Read More...

Big Plans for a Monolith of MiMo

July 11th, 2013

http://youtu.be/fpwjN3y2ptU Everybody in Miami -- and probably most people in South Florida -- know the office tower at 7880 Biscayne Boulevard as "the INS Building," and for good reason. Since the U. S. Immigration and Naturalization Service moved in in April 1983, the building has been a flash point of protest, intrigue and controversy, as the many strands of Miami's immigrant communities tense and relax Read More...

Beach Planning Commission: Gleason Can Go

June 26th, 2013

http://youtu.be/l7PoRhZTCbU In the Miami Herald Christina Veiga reports that Miami Beach's Planning Board is OK with demolishing the historic Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater as part of the redevelopment of the city's 52-acre convention center district. Veiga's story also includes detailed accounts of the two development plans and the Planning Board's responses to them Read More...

One Herald Plaza Memory Bank: Linotype, Cliches and Stereotypes

June 25th, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAKE8VzvJZk The Wolfson Archives' movie tour of One Herald Plaza when it was new continues, getting into the nitty-gritty technical details of publishing a newspaper fifty years ago. The new clip in the Archives' playlist, "One Herald Plaza Memory Bank," takes viewers on a whirlwind trip through the lost world of metal type and engraved plates, beginning in the Herald's composing room and photo studio Read More...

One Herald Plaza Memory Bank Adds More Memory

June 19th, 2013

http://youtu.be/fAB3WAwGdMI The Wolfson Archives' look at One Herald Plaza when it was new continues with another clip in its YouTube playlist, One Herald Plaza Memory Bank. The new clip, from a film produced by Miami filmmaker Fred Frink, offers a behind-the-scenes look at the Women’s Department and the process of preparing news stories for publication Read More...

0596.012-19 — Opa-Locka City Hall, 1975

June 17th, 2013