Stories written by Bob Jensen

Isabelle Krome put South Dade horticulture on map worldwide

Isabelle Krome was an incredible South Miami-Dade County pioneer woman who put Homestead and Redland on the map for horticulturalists all over the world. Isabelle married a talented young Florida East Coast Railway construction engineer, William J. Krome; became the mother of his children, and then a world-renowned horticulturalist after his death. Earlier, while her […]

Florida City’s 100th anniversary highlights museum’s reopening

Florida City will celebrate its 100th anniversary as an incorporated city in December of 2014. The Florida Pioneer Museum will reopen on Saturday, Nov. 9, highlighting the history of Florida City — originally called Detroit until incorporation. Visitors will view early photos of Detroit and Florida City, postcards, a newspaper published by the developers of […]

Homemade Redland jellies and more at Silver Palm UMC holiday bazaar

Homemade Redland jellies, Redland-grown fruits, vegetables and plants, baked goods, handmade crafts and other items will be featured at the Silver Palm United Methodist Church Holiday Bazaar on Saturday Nov. 9, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The bazaar, which is being conducted nearly a month earlier than in previous years, will be in the church […]

Dr. Jeanne Jacobs guest speaker for Black History Month lecture

Dr. Jeanne Jacobs, president of the Miami Dade College Homestead Campus, will be guest speaker for the Feb. 4 Bea Peskoe Lunchtime Lecture series presentation at the Homestead Community Center, 1601 N. Krome Ave. February is Black History Month and the Homestead Center for the Arts presents this free series. The lecture begins at noon. […]

Learn about Florida’s maritime history at Lunchtime Lecture

Florida maritime historian and enthusiast Ray Stewart will be the speaker at the Bea Peskoe Lunchtime Lecture series on Monday, Jan. 7, noon, at the 1st National Bank of South Florida third floor Pioneer Room, 1550 N. Krome Ave. in Homestead. Stewart’s topic will be The Florida Maritimes. The talk is free and open to […]

Everglades National Park topic of Peskoe Lunchtime Lecture

Dick and Kathleen Konicek-Moran will present “The Everglades: Through the Eyes of Explorers, Exploiters, and One Often Overlooked Preservationist,” the Bea Peskoe Lunchtime Lecture, on Monday, Dec. 3, at the Capri Restaurant, 935 N. Krome Ave. in Florida City (opposite the Florida Pioneer Museum). This is a presentation not to be missed and the talk […]

Annual Christmas Bazaar features items made in Redland community

It would not be Christmas in the Redland without the Silver Palm United Methodist Church annual Christmas Bazaar. ‘On Saturday, Dec. 1, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., the ladies of the church will offer the public their handmade items, homemade tropical fruit jellies, home baked items, fresh Redland-grown produce, plants, nuts and an eclectic […]

Presentation to discuss topic of Henry Flagler’s maritime interests


Henry Flagler’s “Navy” will be the topic of Bob Naumann’s presentation on Thursday, Mar. 22, 7 p.m., at Homestead’s Old Town Hall Museum, 41 N. Krome Ave. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and seating is limited. The free presentation will focus on Henry Flagler’s maritime interests starting with the Florida East Coast Steam […]

Redland: Its history and pioneers topic of next Bea Peskoe lecture


When it comes to the history of Redland (not the Redland and not Redlands) George Grunwell is the senior local chronicler of everything Redland. He will be the Bea Peskoe Lunchtime Lecture series speaker on Jan. 9, noon, at the Redland Fruit and Spice Park, located at the corner of Redland Road (SW 187th Avenue) […]

Museum to celebrate centennial of FEC extension to Key West


By Bob Jensen…. Jan. 22, 2012 will mark the 100th anniversary of the completion of the construction of the Florida East Coast (FEC) Railway extension from Homestead/Detroit (now Florida City) to Key West. On that day Henry Flagler, the 82-year-old owner of the FEC Railway, stepped off his private railroad car onto land at Key […]

Florida Pioneer Museum reopens with exhibits of area’s history


By Bob Jensen…. The Florida Pioneer Museum, 826 N. Krome Ave. in Florida City, has reopened for the season. The museum is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m. with volunteer docents present. Admission is free. The museum is housed in the original Florida East Coast railway Homestead station agent’s house, which was […]

Bea Peskoe Series offers you ‘An Hour with Ruth Campbell’


By Bob Jensen…. Homestead Center for the Arts will present “An Hour with Ruth Campbell” as its first 2011 presentation in the Bea Peskoe Lunchtime Lecture Series, at noon Monday, Jan. 3, in the new auditorium at the Homestead Community Center, 1601 N. Krome Ave. (across from 1st National Bank of South Florida’s Main Office). […]

Pioneer Museum in Florida City reopening for season on Nov. 6

Pioneer Museum in Florida City

By Bob Jensen…. The Florida Pioneer Museum, located at 826 N. Krome Ave. in Florida City, will reopen for the winter season on Saturday, Nov. 6. The museum is scheduled to be open from 1 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays, subject to the availability of volunteer docents. Admission is free although donations are […]

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