Tag Archives: Julia Tuttle

Kick off Women’s History Month on March 1 with the Miami-Dade Women’s History Coalition

Did you know that March is National Women’s History Month? And did you know that Miami is the only major US city to boast a woman founder? The Women’s History Coalition of Miami-Dade County  is sponsoring a public event to kick off Women’s History Month and to honor Julia Tuttle, the “mother of Miami.” The event will take place in the Miami City Cemetery at Tuttle’s gravesite (1800 NE 2nd Avenue) at noon on March 1. Penny Lambeth, Chair of the Cemetery Restoration Committee, will be giving a presentation dressed as Julia Tuttle. Continue reading for more information about the Coalition and this event. Continue reading


Thoughts on Developing a Tour: Ghosts and Gravestones

For as long as I can remember I have been a sucker for Halloween.  As kids we had a babysitter who was missing half of a finger and would use that hand to add intensity to her already horrific ghost stories.  As a result of her tutelage, to this day I am a master ghost story teller right down to the voices and sound effects.  When I was a volunteer English teacher several years ago, I loved teaching my immigrant students words like “candy corn” “Jack O’ Lantern” and “Trick or Treat.”  So, it is natural that I should love our Ghosts and Gravestones tour.  I should make a clear distinction, however, that this tour has nothing to do with the make-believe.  The Ghosts and Gravestones tour tells real stories of murder, mystery, intrigue and loss.

Ghosts and Gravestones

Centered around Miami’s historic City Cemetery, just north of the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts on Northeast Second Avenue, this tour has the inherent qualities to give your average participant “the willies.”  The City Cemetery was created in 1897 in an area that was described as Continue reading