Paul George: The History of Little Havana
A leading expert on Miami and its history, Dr. Paul George, looks at Miami's large Cuban community and the contributions it has made towards the part of the city known as Calle Ocho or Little Havana, an area prominently featured in the images on view in the exhibition Remaking Miami: Josefina Tarafa’s Photographs of the 1970s. Dr. George recounts the fascinating story of how this enchanting neighborhood—which includes a Cuban walk of fame, a cigar factory, a domino park, and more—came to be.
For three decades, Dr. George has toured his way to local, national, and international acclaim with his continuing series of historic tours. Through walking, coach, and boat tour experiences, Dr. George has welcomed tour participants on a memorable journey of South Florida through its historic neighborhoods, landmarks, and sites. A graduate of Miami Dade Community College and the University of Miami, he holds a Masters and a doctoral degree in history from Florida State University. Dr. George has taught at several universities and colleges, including Florida State University, Florida A & M University, Florida Atlantic University, and the University of Miami. From 1991 to 2016 he was a history professor at Miami Dade College. As an author, Miami native, and Resident Historian at HistoryMiami Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate in downtown Miami, Dr. George has gained fame for his uncanny ability to recall the most impressive details about the people and places that make South Florida so unique.
This event is free and open to the public. The exhibition Remaking Miami: Josefina Tarafa’s Photographs of the 1970s is open for viewing from 5:00 to 6:00 PM. Dr. George's talk begins at 6:00 PM. Seating is limited so please register in advance.
MOAD's programs are made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. They are sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts.