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Key West Museum Wants Your Drinking Tales

Ida Woodward Barron Collection
Monroe County Public Library
The Cabana Bar at 605 Duval St., circa 1950 when Key West was a Navy town.

  In Key West, stories about carousing in bars can be legendary. Now they will be preserved as history.

The Key West Art & Historical Society is planning an exhibit to open Nov. 20 called Bars, Brews & Blues: A History of Carousing in Key West

It will review the island's history through its watering holes. Key West has had multiple identities throughout its years as a fishing town, Navy post and now tourism mecca — but bars have been a constant throughout. The flow of booze continued through Prohibition, supplied by the near proximity and frequent crossings to Cuba.

As part of the exhibit, the Art & Historical Society is collecting bar tales from the public. Those stories will become part of an oral history component of the show.

To take part, call 305-295-6563.