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; Lecture begins at 7:00 pm for the public. Free.

Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Topic: “The Florida Land Boom of the 1920s and the Archaeological Effects”
Presenter: Juan L. Riera
Visitor Center Theatre; FREE & open to the public.

This presentation will focus on the many different individuals and ideas for making Florida a tropical paradise and what effect this had on the archaeology of the state. The talk will discuss well known people such as Glenn Curtiss, the Mizner brothers, and Carl Fisher who greatly altered the environment and the archaeology of South Florida. Also examined will be lesser known characters such as Collier, Munroe, and Merrick.

Juan L. Riera is a native of South Florida and a graduate of the University of Florida (B.A. in History), Florida International University (M.A. in History and a graduate certificate in Cuban and Cuban-American Studies), and completed a doctoral program in Texas in Colonial Latin American History with Minors in Archaeology and Museum Studies. Juan has many years of experience teaching, working in museums, and archives and libraries. Among his experiences Juan has worked at the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research. Currently Juan works in the tourism industry and as a lecturer.