Staff Report

MIAMI – If you or your family lived in Miami-Dade County’s Brownsville neighborhood, you might be able to participate in a project to chronicle the area’s history. The Historic Hampton House Community Trust, Inc. has partnered with FIU Department of History, John S. and James L Knight Foundation, Penelope Pictures, and the State of Florida’s Department of State, Division of Historical Resources for an innovative effort to uncover, preserve, and share the rich history of the Historic Hampton House in Miami-Dade County’s Brownsville neighborhood.

Community members are invited to bring their stories, photos, news articles, postcards, memorabilia, and any other artifacts that help tell the story of the Booker Terrace/Hampton House Motel and the surrounding Brownsville neighborhood. A team of professionals will be on hand to video record your oral histories and talk about the historical significance of your artifacts.

Among the professionals participating will be Katja Essen, an Academy Award nominated filmmaker based in New York City who mixes documentary and narrative genres and is filming a documentary on Liberty Square. Among others participating will be Raymond Elman, artist, videographer, writer and editor, who founded INSPICIO, an arts publishing platform sponsored by the college of Communication, Architecture+ The Arts at FIU in 2016. Objects will be digitized for the Historic Hampton House’s archive. You and your artifacts may even be featured in an upcoming exhibit at the Hampton House or in publications.

For more information, call 305-638-5800.