1953 – The new dog track on Stock Island, which was built in six weeks, drew an opening-night crowd estimated at 4,000.
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
Historian: Corey Malcom
Archivist: Breana Sowers
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
Florida Keys History News
Today in Keys History – Jan. 31, 2023
Today in Keys History – Jan. 30, 2023
1967 – Charles Helberg, 62, died of a sudden heart attack at the Key Wester Motel on South Roosevelt, which he had built in 1951. In December 1949, Helberg, Vicent Conley and Abe Golan formed Key West Improvement, Inc., which purchased most of the eastern half of Key West from William R. Porter and the Key West Realty Company.
Florida History Services
Florida History Distance Services
For non-county residents unable to visit the archive, some services are available for a fee.
Florida History Image Services
Learn more about how you can acquire and use images from our archive.
Florida History Visitor Services
Please call or email before planning a trip, as staff may not always be available to assist.
Florida Keys History Resources
FamilySearch Affiliate Library
Enhanced access to the FamilySearch database. Available only at your nearest library, access provided via our PCs or WiFi.
View 21,000+ images from the library’s archival collection
Ancestry Library Edition
Your ancestors left clues along the way. Now, you can trace them online. Available only at your nearest library, access provided via our PCs or WiFi.
Mile Markers: Keys History
A collaborative digital library project of the Monroe County Public Library and Florida International University.
Key Names Gazetteer
A geographical directory of every place name for an island in the Florida Keys, a digitized version of the comprehensive publication created by the late Jim Clupper.
Free online access to select archival resources from collections housed in the State Library and Archives of Florida.
View the Monroe County Public Library’s contributions to the Digital Public Library of America.