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From the Museum’s Archives: August 2017

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Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio vacationed at the Tides Hotel & Bath Club on North Redington Beach in 1961. DiMaggio joined the New York Yankees in 1936 and spent nearly every March in St. Petersburg for Spring Training. The Yankees arrived in St. Pete in 1925, practicing at Huggins-Stengel Field at Crescent Lake and playing their games at Waterfront Park/Al Lang Stadium through 1961, departing for Ft. Lauderdale the following season. The Schrader’s Little Cooperstown exhibit at the Museum of History features a ball autographed by both Monroe and DiMaggio, one of only two items believed to ever be signed jointly by the two icons.

The St Petersburg Museum of History is located at 335 2nd Ave NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. For more information about exhibits, hours, and ticket pricing visit SPMOH.com or call (727) 894-1052.

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History

History Of the Sunshine Skyway

City of St Pete 1 1960

The other day I had an appointment in Bradenton and planned to take I-275 across the Sunshine Skyway. Good plan, but there was a slight impediment. Due to high winds the Skyway was closed, so I had to take the long way around and go through Tampa to US-41, which turned the half-hour trip into two-hour sojourn. Fortunately, by the time I headed home the Skyway was once again open. I marveled at the fortitude of our St. Petersburg residents who had to make this trip in the early days of our communities.

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Parks

Boyd Hill Nature Preserve: A Connection to Old Florida

Boyd Hill Nature Preserve

You may have a hard time remembering you are still in St. Petersburg. Smack dab in the middle of the city, nestled along the western shores of Lake Maggiore is a remnant of Florida’s natural terrain. Boyd Hill Nature Preserve is 245 acres of protected land that serves as a vibrantly diverse “Central Park” to our great Sunshine City. Standing on the boardwalk, facing the lake, adolescent alligators sunbathe in the foreground, while the Trop and the St. Petersburg skyline peak over the trees in the distance. It’s a surreal feeling, but also calming and only fitting that such a colorful city would have such unique park as its centerpiece.

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