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In Class with Dr. George: Aviation in Miami

August 28 @ 1:00 pm 2:30 pm

Journey through time with Dr. George during our In Class with Dr. George series! In Class with Dr. George delves into the layered histories of Miami and greater South Florida. Hosted by HistoryMiami Museum’s Resident Historian, Dr. Paul S. George, and presented in conversation with a community stakeholder, this lecture series will include a thematic exploration of topics ranging from South Florida’s unique environment, transportation, aviation, and architecture.

Aviation in Miami with Guest Speakers Irene Schwarz and Renate Van Kempema, World Wings International, Inc.

Explore the history of aviation in Miami. Learn about some of aviation’s iconic figures from Amelia Earhart to Bessie Coleman and Glenn Curtiss. Reflect upon the site of the former Pan American Seaplane Terminal – today’s Miami City Hall – and hear stories of naval aviation and flying boats in Dinner Key.

Dr. George will be joined by Irene Schwarz and Renate Van Kempema with World Wings International, Inc. who will share their own lived experiences as a Pan Am Stewardess and their work with World Wings International today.

Capacity is limited. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Members: $20, Non-Members: $30
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Featured Speakers:

Irene Schwarz
Miami Chapter President and International VP Operations
World Wings International, Inc.

Irene Schwarz’s flying career lasted for 32 years after a rocky start with Pan Am as stewardess from 1973-1974, furloughed after just one year during the energy crisis. National Airlines came to her rescue in the summer of 1974, until the merger in 1980 landed her back at Pan Am until 1991, when Pan Am ceased operation. Irene continued to fly with Delta until retirement in 2005 and was based in New York and Miami.

In 1993, she joined the very active Miami chapter of World Wings Int’l and has since worn many hats; President from 1997-2003 and 2014-2020 and still going. She also served 3 terms on the International WWI Board as VP Ways and Means from 2008-2011, VP Membership & Development 2017-2020 and presently as VP Operations.

In a formal portrait, a person wears a light blue Pan American Stewardess hat and top with a white dress shirt underneath.
Renate Van Kempema
World Wings International, Inc.

Renate Van Kempema was born in 1942 in Northern Germany on the farm belonging to her family since 1515. She came to the USA in 1965 for one year of adventure and that adventure is still ongoing!

As a Stewardess and Purser for Pan Am she flew from 1966 to Pan Am’s end in 1991. She continued as an International Flight Attendant with Delta Air Lines, based in Miami, Atlanta, New York and Detroit. After 54 years, due to COVID Renate’s flying career came to a sudden end, as most international flights were canceled.

Paul S. George, Ph.D.
Resident Historian

For over three decades, HistoryMiami Museum’s Resident Historian Dr. Paul S. 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. As a Miami native, author, and former college professor, 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.

Dr. George, wearing a blue pinstripe suit, burgundy striped tie, and white shirt stands in front of a gallery of black and white archival images against a gray wall.

101 West Flagler Street
Miami, 33130 United States
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305-375-1492
https://www.historymiami.org

Additional Information

Please see below for additional information regarding the program. For further assistance, please contact Visitor Services at (305) 375-1492 or email programs@historymiami.org.

Program check-in will begin 1-hour prior to the program start. Please be on-time, as seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
This program will take place in the Museum’s South Building theater.
Getting to the Museum
Map of Cultural Center Plaza with nearby Government Center. The Cultural Center Garage and HistoryMiami can be seen in the center of the map.
There is nearby parking available in the Miami-Dade Cultural Center Parking Garage, located at 50 NW 2nd Avenue. Parking is $5 with validation.
To request materials in accessible format, sign language interpreters, and/or any disability accommodation, please contact Hana Squires, Accessibility Coordinator, at accessibility@historymiami.org or call (305) 375-1621 at least two weeks in advance of your visit to initiate your request. TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service.)
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Photo Credit: Pan Am seaplane in water at Dinner Key (Miami, Fla.), 1931. Miami News Collection, HistoryMiami Museum, 1989-011-12742. 


Accessibility
To request materials in accessible format, sign language interpreters, and/or any disability accommodation, please contact Hana Squires, Accessibility Coordinator, at accessibility@historymiami.org or call (305) 375-1621 at least two weeks in advance of your visit to initiate your request. TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service.)


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Release

By entering the premises, you consent to interview(s), photography, audio recording, video recording and its/their release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction to be used for news, web casts, promotional purposes, telecasts, advertising, inclusion on web sites, or any other purpose by HistoryMiami Museum (HMM) and its affiliates and representatives. You release HistoryMiami Museum (HMM) its officers and employees, and each and all persons involved from any liability connected with the taking, recording, digitizing, or publication of interviews, photographs, computer images, video and/or or sound recordings. By entering the premises, you waive all rights you may have to any claims for payment or royalties in connection with any exhibition, streaming, webcasting, televising, or other publication of these materials, regardless of the purpose or sponsoring of such exhibiting, broadcasting, webcasting, or other publication irrespective of whether a fee for admission or sponsorship is charged. You also waive any right to inspect or approve any photo, video, or audio recording taken by HistoryMiami Museum (HMM) or the person or entity designated to do so by HistoryMiami Museum (HMM) You have been fully informed of your consent, waiver of liability, and release before entering the premise.