Vintage Weekend Wonders
Vintage Weekend Wonders

The Story of Man’s Quest to Explore Under the Sea

82990 Overseas Hwy – MM 83, Islamorada, FL  33036

Phone 305-664-9737


For immediate release:

Celebrate History of Diving Museum’s newest Featured Exhibit: Diving With a Purpose: Restoring Our Oceans, Preserving Our Heritage! All are welcome for the opening ceremony, ribbon cutting and also presentations on Sunday, June 2 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

The community is invited to join History of Diving Museum and partnering organizations, Diving With a Purpose (DWP) and the National Association of Black Scuba Divers (NABS), for the opening of the new Featured Exhibit, Restoring Our Oceans, Preserving Our Heritage! The evening will include a chance to meander through the exhibit, a ribbon cutting reception, and also presentations. We will serve light refreshments.

This amazing exhibit looks at underwater archaeology and how it has been used to understand the cultural and historical significance and stories behind shipwrecks and also more.   Diving With a Purpose is a non-profit focused on the African-American component of these stories. The underwater sites on display range from sailing vessels to slave ships to the Tuskegee Airmen of WWII.

Sunday evening activities include two enlightening speakers. NASA engineer Erik Densen will speak on his involvement with the DWP organization from its beginnings in 2004 plus the various projects they have worked on with the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, National Park Service, NOAA, and also others that helped put this exhibit together. The second speaker is archaeologist, Dr. Justin Dunnavant who has also worked closely with DWP and the research associated with African American history in relation to the archaeological sites.

Exhibit on display

The exhibit will be on display through December 31, 2019, with an abundance of events and also special presentations. Some include:

Dive Into History Weekend (June 15-16) with a Saturday morning event at the Museum and an afternoon divea and also marine scavenger hunt at Captain Slate’s Scuba Adventure

FREE admission for dads on Father’s Day

Celebrating PADI Women Dive Day on July 20 with a morning presentation at the Museum from Keys local Karuna Eberl (director) as she discusses her award-winning documentary “The Guerrero Project” covering the 1827 slave ship that sank off the Florida coast. Also, the afternoon includes a Heritage Awareness dive with Sailfish Scuba in Key Largo.

Special presentations and dive trips will continue throughout 2019, so stay up-to-date on social media and at

The History of Diving Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit located in Islamorada (MM83), open daily from 10-5. It’s a must see for anyone traveling along the Overseas Highway. Divers and also non-divers alike are astonished by over 4,000 years of “man’s quest to explore under the sea.”

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