In partnership with the Archaeological Society of Southern Florida, a non-profit, volunteer organization which acts as a support mechanism for the office of the Miami-Dade County Archaeologist, the Deering Estate presents a monthly lecture highlighting unique and interesting connections to our past. This serves as a focal point for local archaeology enthusiasts and professionals in the field, and helps to promote knowledge and appreciation of native archaeological and historical sites in the South Florida area.
The Archaeological Society of Southern Florida meets at the Deering Estate on the 2nd Thursday of the month (Seasonal: September 2016 through June 2017)
In partnership with the Archaeological Society of Southern Florida, the Deering Estate presents a free lecture on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm.
Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Topic: “From Munroe to Charles and Robert to Jaudon: 30 Years of Chasing South Florida History”
Presenter: Historian Cesar Becerra, with a special appearance by Robert Is Here’s Robert Moehling
Deering Estate, Visitor Center Theatre; FREE & open to the public.
Cesar Becerra began his journey and love for South Florida history and culture through the storytelling sessions of his Cypress Elementary teacher Rita Collard and his mother Olga Becerra, who also worked at Cypress and was the recipient of a 20-year recognition award from Everglades National Park. Cesar remembers staring into shadow box displays that his mom’s students made of dioramas of the Everglades, Seminole encampments, hammocks and Spanish fortifications.
At any one time, Cesar is working on at least half a dozen projects. Come hear about some of his learnings over 30 years and what is up ahead. His latest book focuses on the “Disney World of fruit stands,” Florida City’s own Robert is Here. Becerra will be bringing along his friend and the book’s subject Robert Moehling, proprietor of Robert is Here.
Cesar Becerra is a former road warrior (when gas was 99 cents a gallon) who drove through all 50 states in a one-year road trip for the Travel Channel. A type 2 diabetic, Cesar decided to “thru-hike” the 2,160 mile Appalachian Trail in 388 days and through all four seasons. Now addicted to long distance walking, he has begun the first leg of a 20,000 mile journey called The World Walk for Diabetes, as he attempts to circumnavigate the globe on foot (so far Key West to Arizona). Filmmaker and writer with more than a dozen titles to his resume, he also teaches environmental education at Nature’s Classroom and is the lead tour manager for Educational Field Trips.
He has worked at the Barnacle State Historic Site, Indian Key, the Deering Estate, Fairchild Tropical Garden, the Gold Coast Railroad Museum and Big Cypress National Preserve. He has taught at dozens of local schools including classes at FIU, Miami Dade College and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at FIU. He is the chief consultant of Everglades collections at FIU’s Green Library Special Collections and has donated a significant part of his personal collection of Everglades and Miami memorabilia, research findings and artifacts to FIU.
Far more than an aimless wanderer, Becerra teeters on the edge of two worlds; as an observer of modern day life and a believer of turning back the clock to a simpler time. He is at the helm of a bevy of interesting projects that educate, entertain and inform people about a new (feel free to call it radical) approach of living a balanced and purposeful life.
About the Archaeological Society of Southern Florida
The Archaeological Society of Southern Florida (ASSF) was established in 1949. The ASSF operates as a non-profit, volunteer organization which acts as a support mechanism for the office of the Miami-Dade County Archaeologist, serves as a focal point for local archaeology enthusiasts and professionals in the field, and helps to promote knowledge and appreciation of native archaeological and historical sites in the South Florida area.