Coral Gables Museum
285 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134 - United States
The Coral Gables Museum celebrates the 1920’s planned community of Coral Gables and presents exhibits and programs that examine the built environment.
The Museum’s mission is to celebrate, investigate and explore the civic arts of architecture and urban and environmental design, including fostering an appreciation for the history, vision, and cultural landscape of Coral Gables; promoting beauty and planning as well as historic and environmental preservation for a broad audience, including children, families, and community members, as well as local, regional, national and international visitors. The museum optimizes its mission by cultivating effective partnerships, and providing programming that includes exhibitions, collections, educational offerings, lectures, tours, publications and special events.
CREATING THE DREAM: GEORGE E. MERRICK AND HIS VISION FOR CORAL GABLES
An introductory exhibition about Coral Gables’ founder and developer, George Merrick, his family and other visionaries who inspired him and helped him turn his dream of a place where “your castles in Spain are made real” into reality. This exhibit addresses local history, including pioneer life, the Florida Land Boom, architecture, urban planning and development.
Curated by Arva Moore Parks, designed by Tom Graboski and fabricated by SFY Architectural Signs and Displays, it is housed in Betty and L.D. Pankey Gallery and Coral Gables Galleries — five rooms that were once the Coral Gables Police and Fire Station jail. Now beautifully restored, the rooms provide an intimate space to tell the story from the beginning.
Sacred Ground: The Rise, Fall and Revival of Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery
August 2nd – November 6th, 2018
Gallery 109 and Abraham Gallery
This exhibition is a compilation of historic documents and objects from the archives and grounds of the Lincoln Memorial Park, one of Miami’s most historically relevant yet neglected cemeteries. Original funeral home ledgers dating back to 1920, telegrams, photographs, maps and US Military markers among other valuable artifacts are accompanied by documentary videos and a photographic essay by Pulitzer Prize artist Carl Just. Together, they only help tell the story of an African American community that has many ties to the creation and development of Coral Gables, but they also speak for many other southern communities in the country when it comes to the way black history has been represented and preserved. A schedule of related programs includes visual and performance artists’ presentations, academic lectures and educational projects with children.
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