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MIAMI, February 02, 2018 The American Red Cross is celebrating its South Florida Centennial with a multidimensional exhibit at the Coral Gables Museum featuring historical artifacts, images and uniforms that will bring to life the Red Cross’ humanitarian mission. The exhibition will open with a free public reception today, Friday, Feb. 2 from 6-10 pm in conjunction with Coral Gables Gallery Night, and will be on view until May 27.

From its early days supporting the war effort through its modern-day response to Hurricane Irma, see how the lifesaving work of the American Red Cross has evolved along with our changing South Florida landscape.

In March 1917, Harriet Parsons James, a wealthy Miami socialite, invited a group of prominent Miamians to her Coconut Grove estate to establish a local chapter of the Red Cross. With World War I raging in Europe, she galvanized community efforts to help soldiers and their families, and by April the chapter had its official charter. For the next 100 years, during war time and times of peace, population booms and natural disasters, through assistance and training programs, the Red Cross has faithfully served the community making it a safer place to live, work and play.


About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.


About the Coral Gables Museum:

The Coral Gables Museum celebrates the 1920’s planned community of Coral Gables and presents exhibits and programs that examine the built environment.

The Museum’s mission is to celebrate, investigate and explore the civic arts of architecture and urban and environmental design, including fostering an appreciation n for the history, vision, and cultural landscape of Coral Gables; promoting beauty and planning as well as historic and environmental preservation for a broad audience, including children, families, and community members, as well as local, regional, national and international visitors. The museum optimizes its mission by cultivating effective partnerships, and providing programming that includes exhibitions, collections, educational offerings, lectures, tours, publications and special events.

The Museum is a true public/private partnership between the City of Coral Gables and the Coral Gables Museum Corp., a private, not for profit 501.c.3 corporation operating an educational cultural institution within a City owned facility.  The Museum raises its own operating budget to fund the exhibitions and educational programs it provides, through memberships, private and government grants, admissions, earned income and, most importantly, with contributions from community members who believe in our mission.

Museum Hours:

Tuesday – Friday: 12pm-6pm

Saturday: 11am-5pm

Sunday: 12pm-5pm

Monday: CLOSED


Admission fees:

Adults - $10

Seniors and Students - $8

Children ages 3-12 - $3

Members - FREE