During World War II, Miami Springs Elementary students, teachers, staff and PTA answered the call to duty behind the lines. They provided the location of a Red Cross surgical dressing room, made surgical dressings for our military and earned war stamps to buy war bonds. They also collected salvage, established a victory garden and acted as a meeting & training site for air raid wardens serving as Casualty Station 9, Division 5.

The 1943 photo is of the principal and officers of the Miami Springs Elementary School PTA, top row L-R, Mary Kniffen, school principal Mrs. Era May Furr, Mrs. James and Mrs. Elizabeth Madeira, bottom row Mrs Hearh, Peggy Filer, Mrs. Madeleine Robinson, Mrs. Gus Halwardson. Mary Kniffen’s husband Walter Kniffen served as Miami Springs Chief of Police before the war and was killed in action Feb 23, 1945 in the battle of Iwo Jima.

The Miami Springs Elementary School PTA officers and principal are shown in the photograph from 1943 – Photo Courtesy Miami Springs Historical Society


Visit the Miami Springs Historical Society and Museum  The Miami Springs Historical Society is located at 501 East Drive in Miami Springs.

Miami Springs Historical Society Museum

501 East Drive
Miami Springs, FL 33166


From the Palmetto, exit at NW 36th Street and head East on NW 36th Street.  Continue East on NW 36th Street and make a left hand turn (North) on East Drive.  Continue North until you reach 501 East Drive.

From I-95, take I-95 to State Road 112 Westbound.  Exit State Road 112 at NW 36th Street.  Continue west on NW 36th Street until you reach East Drive.  Make a right hand turn at East Drive (North).  Continue North on East Drive until you reach 501 East Drive.

From Hialeah, take Okeechobee Road until you reach East 4th Avenue.  Turn south on East 4th Avenue and cross the bridge into Miami Springs.  Take the center lane and continue south onto East Drive.  You’ll see Stafford Park on your left hand side and then the entrance to the Museum Parking lot at 501 East Drive.

Map to the Miami Springs Historical Society

Miami Springs Historical Museum Hours

The Museum is open each Saturday (except Christmas & New Years) from 12 Noon to 4 pm.

To help support our Members and volunteers’ efforts, we ask for a suggested minimum donation of $8 when visitors arrive (MS Historical Society members, and children under the age of 12 accompanied by an adult, are admitted free to this program).


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