Current Exhibits

Florida Lost & Found

DHT presents the artwork of Ronald Shelley, at DHT headquarters, 190 SE 12 Terrace. 

About the Artist: Ronald Shelley has perfected his abilities as a professional illustrator and fine artist. His seemingly effortless style belies his mastery of the exacting watercolor technique. He has a keen understanding of perspective, design detail, and the play of light on objects. Ronald’s skills as an artist include graceful depictions of cabbage palms in the Everglades, dramatic tropical skies; long-gone railroad packing houses and barns; and the subtleties of Florida’s changing seasons.

Also on permanent display are medical artifacts and furnishings from the time the building served as Miami’s first physician’s office.  Constructed in 1905, the building is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Past Exhibits


Environmental Artist and AIRIE Artist Patricia Cummins

The exhibit featured paintings by Patricia Cummins, Environmental Artist and Artist-in-Residence for the National Park System. 

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, this art exhibit showcased some of the plant species and communities found throughout the more than 400 national parks. From giant redwoods and aspen forests to endangered Virginia spiraea and water lilies, the national parks contain a diverse representation of the North American flora. Pat’s painting proudly represents Biscayne National Park.


Stiltsville: Life on the Flats

Dade Heritage Trust welcomes you to Stiltsville:  Life on the Flats, an original exhibit featuring photography, artwork, personal stories and artifacts about Miami’s iconic watery neighborhood.  Curated by Miamian Donna Shelley and designed by Little Gables Group, the exhibit provides personal glimpses into the past present and future of these seven structures and the many structures that were once a part of Stiltsville.

Once privately owned and now a part of Biscayne National Park, Stiltsville continues to intrigue both visitors and long-time Miamians with stories of its raucous past, the impact of hurricanes and the contentious negotiations with the National Parks Service to “Save Old Stiltsville”.  This exhibit runs through October 15 and will feature a curator’s tour, film and a party inn early-autumn at Stiltsville to benefit Dade Heritage Trust and The Stiltsville Trust. 

Find Your Park Exhibit

Dade Heritage Trust presented the exhibit, Find Your Park, which featured student entries from Dade Heritage Trust’s Annual Art and Photography Contest. 

2016’s theme was South Florida’s National Parks.


Lemon City Little Haiti – A Sense of Time…A Sense of Place

This important exhibit, curated by Dr. Dorothy Fields, focused on the area of Miami once known as Lemon City, today’s Little Haiti.

Lemon City, though never incorporated, was one of the earliest settlements in the Miami area, with its history dating back to c.1870, when pioneers rushed to claim their share of land offered by the federal government through the Homestead Act. 

E.H. Harrington named the area for the lemon trees growing on his property, and the first use of the name “Lemon City” is recorded by the County in 1889.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has recently designated the Lemon City/Little Haiti corridor on NW 2nd Avenue as a National Main Street Center demonstration project.

Office Evolution

Dade Heritage Trust presented the exhibit, Office Evolution, that featured the story of Miami’s first physician, Dr. James Jackson and the history of the DHT office building that served as Dr. Jackson’s office from 1905 – 1916. Many thanks to curator Casey Piket and to exhibit design team Little Gables Group for their work in assembling this wonderful, informative exhibit.

Did you know?

Becoming a member of Dade Heritage Trust has many benefits, including:

  • Free admission to all Members Only Events
  • Advance notice and registration for workshops and seminars
  • Discount on DHT walking and bicycle tours
  • Discounts on Children’s Camps
  • Free admission to over 75 museums and institutions participating in the Southeasters Reciprocal Museum Program

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