Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade
Miami Pioneers & Natives Of Dade -

Next Meeting
November 6
at 2:30pm

Central Christian Church
222 Menores Ave, Coral Gables 33134

Enter the door at the south side of the building on Mendoza Ave. Parking in west lot is also available if you enter from Menores Ave. Street parking is also free on Sunday.

Please bring $1 donation to cover the cost of the room. We very much appreciate those who can provide refreshments such as cookies, crackers, brownies, etc.

We welcome one and all to join us for our monthly historical programs and special events.

We usually meet on the first Sunday of each month except for July and August, or on holiday weekends.

Have a question or comment or suggestion?

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2016-17 Officers

our president is Jim Hartnett

past president, Caesar Philips
treasurer, Marlene B. Carlin
sergeant at arms, Gerda Marchese
parliamentarian, Linda Hertz

November 6 Sunday Meeting

The next meeting of the Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade will take place at the usual location at 2:30pm on Sunday, November 6.

Juan Riera: The Land Boom of 1920

Dr. Juan L. Riera will be the MP/NOD speaker for November 6 meeting.

Juan is a native of Miami. He earned a B.A. from the University of Florida, an M.A. from Florida International University, and his doctorate in colonial Latin American history, archaeology, and museum studies from Texas Tech. His areas of study are history, archaeology, and museum studies. He specializes in colonial Latin American history with an emphasis on Florida and on maritime history of the Spanish empire during the age of sail.

Dr. Riera has six years teaching experience at universities such as Texas Tech University and Wayland Baptist University; eight years of museum work at Mystic Seaport and the Historical Museum of Southern Florida.

He has participated in archaeological digs in Florida and Texas and has conducted research in numerous libraries and archives including the national archives in Seville, Spain. Dr. Riera currently works at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum, teaches at the University of Miami, and lectures at Nova Southeastern University.

He is a guest lecturer at the FAU Lifelong Learning Society Jupiter for Winter 2012 on Maritime History.

To: All Members of Miami Pioneers And Natives of Dade
From: Jim Hartnett, New President

I want to inspire all our members to work together with me in the coming year to help make our club vibrant and more lively.
My Job will be to line up as many good and interesting speakers for you as a reward for your attendance.

How many members do we need? The answer is "Standing Room Only." (of course all will have a seat). See you at each meeting!!

--Jim Hartnett

Future of MP/NOD
I am recruiting all of you to recruit your adult children, relatives and friends to become members. To help recruiting the executive officers have already initiated an interactive online effort to reach out to all the "younger than us" people with our new Facebook page.

Let's tell them about our club, our mission, our passion for local history and invite them to join.

If we're successful, we can pass to future generations our heritage, our history and our love for South Florida through the understanding of our past — and the people who forged this community from a pioneer wilderness.

We will need YOU to attend as many of our meetings as possible to be a supporting audience for our future speakers. The bigger attendance will make future speakers "beg" us to be on our speaker programs. Many of you know or have heard of speakers of interest; if so let me know and I will follow to enhance our programs.

We have contracted with the Church to set up the room for our meetings. Our members are responsible for replacing the chairs, tables and clean up. All those that are able can help. We need: (a) 2 members for the sign in table (b) need 2 or 3 members to set up the beverage table and "sweets" table for the after meeting social. Each 2 months those volunteers will fill in.

Thank You Arva Parks
Last month's speaker was Arva Parks talking about her new book on George Merrick, the man that started and developed City of Coral Gables. She told us about his fine architects and others that were involved in developing Coral Gables. The members enjoyed the program as well as the question and answer session afterwards.

Save The Date: December 4
On the first Sunday in November we'll meet again to enjoy a wonderful program.

Dues Are Due
Now is the time to renew your dues. Please bring your annual $20 dues to the meeting, or mail your check made to MP/NOD to our Treasurer: Marlene B. Carlin, 14900 SW 71 Ave, Miami, FL 33158. Lifetime members are welcome to make a donation to help cover our increasing expenses.

Bring Friends and Family
Our president, Jim Hartnett, is calling on all members to invite family and friends to the monthly meetings to share our enthusiasm and love for local history, and to enjoy our wonderful speakers that make historic presentations.

Welcome New Members
Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade are pleased to welcome new members Judi Sawyer, Judith Sherry, and David Vecchia to our historical society.

We are reminded to invite friends who enjoy and appreciate local history to become MP/NOD members.

Thank You Members
Thank you to all members who bring refreshments which make our social so enjoyable.

And, thanks to everyone who makes a generous donation to the "Money Jar" which goes to paying for the room. We recently increased our donation to the church to $125 per meeting.

Newsletter: Snail Mail or Email?
The cost of printing, stuffing and mailing our monthly newsletter is significant -- our largest annual expense. If you'd prefer to receive your monthly MPNOD newsletter via email, and save your club the cost of printing and postage, please let us know.

Find MPNOD on Facebook
Your favorite local historical society has joined the future with the establishment of our MPNOD Facebook page.