Free Lecture Series

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 at Cutler 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 Etate on the 2nd Thursday of the month (Seasonal: September 2014 through June 2015)
The A.S.S.F. Board meeting begins at 6:30 pm and the lecture begins at 7:00 pm for the public. Free.


Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Topic: “Tamiami Trail – How it Came About”

Presenter: Bob DeGross
Visitor Center Theatre; FREE & open to the public.

The opening of the Tamiami Trail in 1928 changed the face of South Florida for generations to come.  The construction of the road was a feat likened to the construction of the Panama Canal.  Bob DeGross, will highlight the challenges of constructing a highway across the Everglades using 1920s equipment and technology. Bob will also include a discussion about Monroe Station and its purpose.

Bob moved to South Florida from Wisconsin in 1994 to work in Everglades National Park. In 2003 he moved to the west coast of Florida to work at the neighboring Big Cypress National Preserve where he is the Chief of Interpretation and Public Affairs.

Please join us for an informative and intriguing presentation on Thursday, June 11th, at 7:00 p.m. at the Deering Estate Auditorium, 16701 S.W. 72nd Ave., Miami.  Hope to see you there.  Bring a friend or two, since almost all of us have traveled that road and the history of it is demonstrates the vision and courage of the leaders at that time.