Silvia Ros

Photographer
    
Miami Beach Womens Club
Location: Miami, Florida
Nationality: Cuban American
Biography: Silvia Ros is a Cuban-American, Miami-based photographer with a master’s degree in architecture. After a decade as a museum photographer, she launched a freelance career, concentrating not only on her own creative projects such as... read on
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Miami Beach Womens Club
Credits: silvia ros
Date of Work: 04/22/08 - 07/19/19
Updated: 07/19/19
Location: Miami Beach, Fl
In 1926, Miami Beach was a budding resort town on a barrier island, off the coast of the growing metropolis Miami. Winter time residents were flocking to the sunny beaches from up north, but few had relationships with the community. Mrs. Clayton Sedgewick Cooper wanted to change that. She created an organization and sent out an invitation to the women of Miami Beach, and founded the Miami Beach Women’s Club.  The objective of the club was to establish a basis of friendship between the residents of Miami Beach and that they may become an integral part of the life of the city. In their own papers the MBWC stated that ‘in order to hold a group a women together they must not be given high ideals, they must have practical constructive work.’ And over time what they did was quite remarkable.
A desire to develop the cultural life of the community led the members to concentrate their early efforts in the creation of the Miami Beach Public Library, they begun with a book drive that yielded 899 donated books.
In 1942 they evacuated their clubhouse so that the US Armed Forces could use their building as classrooms and for training, they sold war bonds and stamps to support the troops, and sewed for the Red Cross. Later they were recognized by President Reagan for their ‘charitable and civic endeavors’.
On April 22nd, 2008, a fire destroyed their clubhouse, which by that time had been donated to The Wolfsonian-FIU. The membership photos that survived the fire reflect not only the history of Miami Beach, but lives of the women who were identified only by their husbands’ names.
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Unseen Miami

By Silvia Ros / Miami, Fl — Miami is famous for its beaches, art deco, Miami Vice and the fiery cocaine wars of the 1980s. People wax..
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National LGBTQ Documentation Project

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In The Ring

By Silvia Ros / South Florida — In the Ring: The Art of Boxing 2003-2008 It is not superficial thing, a fad or moment of a generation...
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Black Lives Matter, Miami, Juneteenth

By Silvia Ros / Miami, Florida — Black Lives Matters protests in Miami both in historic Coconut Grove and Little Haiti.  
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Miami, Black Lives Matter Protests

By Silvia Ros / Miami,Fl — Miami has not had the largest or most volatile protests since the death of George Floyd at the hands of the..
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Catch as Catch Can: The American Rodeo

By Silvia Ros / South Florida
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The Flag

By Silvia Ros / american legion post 67, miami, fl — I have always been fascinated by the American Legion. You see unique outposts wherever you go, all across..
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Photographing Cuba: My Myth, My Reality

By Silvia Ros — My mother left Havana in 1961, after the family tobacco farm was nationalized. She was a teenager when she..
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Hold Fast

By Silvia Ros — Thematically my work frequently features individuals willing to take extreme risks to live a genuine and..
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