January 14, Free Lecture, 7:00 pm “500 years of Cubans in Florida.”

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Miami,Florida – The Cuban Art Project – The January lecture “500 years of Cubans in Florida” presented by Juan L. Riera will look at the long relationship between the island of Cuba and Florida with many structures remaining as well as the oral history that supplement the written histories.

The talk will illustrate how during the past 500 years the state of Florida and country of Cuba have been linked in numerous ways such as architecture, military, religions, revolutionaries, and in transportation. Also discussed will be persons associated with Florida and Cuba such as Hemmingway, Felix Varela, and Jose Marti.

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. Lectures are held in the Visitor Center Theatre at the Deering Estate located at 16701 SW 72 Avenue. The topic on Thursday, January 14, 2016 is “500 years of Cubans in Florida.”

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 has 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, 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.

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.

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