Please note: The Big Pine Key branch is closed for upgrades and is expected to re-open soon. See the post below for updates and FAQs.

Florida Keys History Center

The Florida Keys History Center is dedicated to the stewardship, knowledge, and understanding of the historic, cultural, and ecological diversity of the Florida Keys. Archival materials include newspapers, maps, images, and genealogy resources.

Located in the Key West Library

(305) 809-5260

Hours of Operation

Monday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesday: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

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Florida Keys History News

  • Today in Keys History – June 5, 2023

    1914 – The U.S. Marine Hospital was located at the corner of Fleming and Emma streets. G.M Gutierrez was the surgeon in charge and S.D.W. Light was the medical officer in command. Dr. Light was also in charge of the U.S. Quarantine Station.

  • Today in Keys History – June 4, 2023

    1939 – The newly built schooner Western Union was given a trial run, with Captain G.R. Steadman at the wheel. The schooner met all expectations and would soon be put into service for the repair of undersea cables.

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