HistoryMiami launches new series with Bay of Pigs invasion forum


HistoryMiami and the Miami-Dade Public Library System are joining forces to launch a new Museum Forums project on Saturday — and the first topic is the Bay of Pigs Invasion .

"The Bay of Pigs Invasion and its aftermath had a tremendous impact in South Florida at all levels, including the economic, political and migratory changes that happened in 1961 and still affects us today,’’ said forum panelist Enrique Encinosa.

That makes it a perfect topic to launch the Museum Forum series, according to HistoryMiami.

“We are excited about this new program because it fulfills the mission at HistoryMiami of connecting people by telling the stories of Miami’s communities, individuals, places and historic events,” said Ramiro A. Ortiz, president/CEO at HistoryMiami.

The first Bay of Pigs invasion forum begins at 11 a.m. at the Coral Gables Branch Library, 3443 Segovia St.

The Museum Forum include a touring series of lectures, panel discussions on historical topics relevant to the Miami-Dade community. Conceived as a tool for civic engagement, the forums are designed to provide an opportunity for sharing with the public the memorable events, people and places that have shaped our region.

Programs will be offered in English and Spanish

Panelists for the Bay of Pigs Invasion forum include:

Humberto J. Cortina is president and founder of HJC Consultants, former Florida State Representative and radio talk show host for WAQI Radio Mambi, Univision Radio. Cortina was born in Havana, Cuba, and fled to the U.S. in 1960. He is a veteran of the Bay of Pigs invasion.

Amado Cantillo is President of the Cuban Pilots Association and active member of Brigade 2506. He was one of the first men to land on Giron Beach and has conducted more than 30 clandestine missions to Cuba..

Enrique Encinosa is an author, former journalist and on-air personality for 25 years with Univision Radio, the U.S. Information Agency and local radio stations in South Florida.

In addition to the Coral Gables Branch event, the Museum Forum will travel to the following library branches in the next two months:

Thursday, Aug. 8 at 6:30 p.m.

West Dade Regional Library

9445 Coral Way

Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 6:30 p.m.

Palm Springs North Library

17601 NW 78th Ave.


Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 5 p.m.

Hispanic Branch Library

1398 SW First St.


The Museum Forum: Bay of Pigs Invasion is made possible by MCM-Munilla Family Foundation with the support of Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners.

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