This exhibit explores the Tamiami Trail’s history, culture, devastating impact on the Everglades, and plans to mitigate that extensive damage. This multi-media interactive exhibit features photographs, historic documents, artifacts, and film.
3331 Tamiami Trail East, Naples, FL
The Collier Museum at Government Center presents Trailblazers: The Perilous Story of the Tamiami Trail, a travelling exhibition originally presented by the Coral Gables Museum and previously on display at the Keys History and Discovery Center. This exhibit will explore the Tamiami Trail’s history, culture, devastating impact on the Everglades and plans to mitigate that extensive damage. This multi-media interactive exhibit will feature photographs, historic documents, artifacts and film. Curated by Jon Ullman.
Jonathan Ullman has been building coalitions and organizing activists to restore the Everglades for the Sierra Club for 17 years. He organized a broad-based coalition to build the River of Grass Parkway, a 6.5-mile collection of bridges across Tamiami Trail to restore water flow to Everglades National Park and Florida Bay. His advocacy on the campaign to raise US-41 helped result in the first raised mile and an additional planned 5.5 mile of bridging. Ullman is highly-knowledgeable about climate impacts to South Florida and the Everglades and is an accomplished writer and blogger. He is also highly-experienced in media outreach. Ullman spent most of the 1990s working with activists to successfully stop a major commercial airport in Homestead between Everglades and Biscayne National Parks. Before joining the Sierra Club staff in 1998, Ullman served as public relations supervisor for the Miami Museum of Science and Space Transit Planetarium. He has also worked as a journalist in Washington, DC, for the Voice of America, Jack Anderson’s Washington Merry-Go-Round investigative column in the Washington Post, and has also written articles for The Miami Herald. Bringing his professional skills from prior careers in public and media relations as well as news reporting has allowed him to bring an articulate and passionate voice for Everglades restoration and climate action.