March 23, 2017 –  (Key West, FL). Distinguished Speaker John Blades Reveals the Connection Between Henry Flagler, Bananas, and Israel State Establishment

What do bananas, the overthrow of a government, and Henry Flagler have in common?  Attend Key West Art & Historical Society’s Distinguished Speaker Series on Thursday, April 6 from 6:00pm-7:00pm in the Helmerich Research & Learning Center at the Custom House to find out. John Blades, recently retired director of the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, will share tales of Sam Zemurray, the businessman who purchased Flagler’s former yacht ‘Alicia’ to help stage a Honduran revolution to save his banana business and eventually influenced the establishment of the State of Israel.

The Distinguished Speaker Series project is sponsored in part by the Helmerich Trust and the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of the Arts and Culture and the State of Florida. Additional support provided by the Marriott Key West Beachside Resort. Tickets are available at through kwahs.org/education/distinguished_speaker_series; $5 for members, $10 for non-members—advanced ticket purchase is recommended.  For more information contact Adele Williams, Director of Education, at 305-295-6616, x115. Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island.

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On Thursday, April 6 at 6pm at the Custom House Museum, Distinguished Speaker Series guest John Blades will share tales of Sam Zemurray, the businessman who purchased Flagler’s former yacht ‘Alicia’ to help stage a Honduran revolution to save his banana business and eventually influenced the establishment of the State of Israel. (Contributed photo)