The Florida Maritime Museum (FMM) is excited to announce the opening of a new temporary exhibit, “Cuban Fishing Ranchos in Tampa Bay” on Thursday, October 12th from 5:30 to 7pm. Seasonal visitors are nothing new to Florida. For more than 100 years, between the mid-1800s, Cuban fishermen set up seasonal fishing camps along our coast where they would catch fish, salt them, and send them back to Cuba to sell. In this exhibit, explore what brought these visitors to our shores and what happened to them.
Join FMM for an opening reception from 5:30pm to 7pm on Thursday, October 12th. Light refreshments will be available courtesy of the Florida Maritime Museum. A free salsa lesson, given by dance professional Pamela Callender, will also be provided from 4:30 pm to 5:30pm before the opening. Admission is free but RSVPs are appreciated. The exhibit will be on display in the museum until Friday, December 16th.
This exhibit was produced in partnership with the Florida Public Archaeology Network and the University of West Florida.
Supplemental Programming: On Wednesday, October 18th at 3pm, join the museum in kicking off its fall lecture series with a presentation on “Cuban Fishing Ranchos in Tampa Bay.” Guest speaker Jeff Moates, Director of the West Central Regional Center of the Florida Public Archaeology Network, will explore the history of Florida during the “Fishing Rancho Period,” a time when Cuban fishermen lived and worked on along the Gulf Coast. The lecture will start promptly at 3:00 PM in the main gallery of the Florida Maritime Museum. Admission is free and seating is first come first serve, beginning at 2:30 PM. FMM members can reserve seats by calling (941)708-6120 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
PSA: Join the Florida Maritime Museum on Thursday, October 12th from 5:30 to 7pm for a new temporary exhibit on “Cuban Ranchos in Tampa Bay.” For more than 100 years, between the mid-1800s, Cuban fishermen set up seasonal fishing camps along our coast where they would catch fish, salt them, and send them back to Cuba to sell. In this exhibit, explore what brought these visitors to our shores and what happened to them. A free salsa lesson is available before the exhibit opening. For more information visit www.FloridaMaritimeMuseum.org.
About the Florida Maritime Museum
The Florida Maritime Museum is located in a 1912 Schoolhouse in the historic fishing village of Cortez. The museum seeks to preserve and share Florida’s Maritime history, with a special focus on the gulf coast. This is done through a collection of informative exhibits, research materials, educational programs and community events.
photo from the Florida Maritime Museum