Welcome to the Key West Maritime Historical Society

Who we are: The Key West Maritime Historical Society is an all-volunteer, non-profit educational and cultural society. We are dedicated to the study and preservation of the rich maritime heritage of Key West and the Florida Keys. We organized as a Florida not-for-profit corporation in 1981. Since 1985 the IRS has granted us 501(c)(3) status.

What we do: The Society sponsors free public lectures, field trips, special events and interpretive projects to increase public awareness and appreciation of maritime history. We also publish the quarterly Florida Keys Sea Heritage Journal. That periodical is mailed directly to our members (and back issues can be seen here on our Journal Archive page). The Journal has been published for over seventeen years, and contains many articles and illustrations not available elsewhere. It is a tremendous aid in learning why the Keys are such a special place.

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KWMHS is very pleased to announce the donation of an outstanding collection of documents and artifacts embodying Key West's heritage, to the Monroe County Library's Florida Keys History Room. The centerpiece of the collection is an 1823 document written by Navy Commodore David Porter ordering that the U.S. flag be raised over the island, essentially establishing Key West as we know it today. Read more.


 

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