The Visual Memoirs Project, a new MDPL initiative, is underway. Already we have heard some great stories about the evolution of Miami Beach.
Five interviews have been completed and another four are scheduled in December. So far, topics covered include how Jim Crow laws impacted life on the beach; the emergence of the Latin music scene; what it was like to live here during World War II; childhood on Miami Beach in the 1950s; the seedy side of Miami Beach nightlife.
One tale of particular interest to preservationists involves regret over the loss of the Senator by one person who pushed for demolition at the time. These stories are important to capture now, before those who witnessed the early growth of Miami Beach are no longer around.
A sneak preview of the interviews will be on display during Art Deco Weekend on a continuous loop in the Art Deco Welcome Center.
The project is partly funded by the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority. Funding has already been secured for the completion of 30 interviews and the accompanying editing. With additional funding 10 more interviews could be added to the program. A new campaign called Power 2 Give will soon be launched to start the fund-raising drive. More information will be available shortly on how you can support this project.