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Catholic nuns turn Florida beach club into marine life lab

That was the headline on a 1941 Life magazine story about the Institutum Divi Thomae, a Cincinnati-based Catholic-sponsored scientific research organization that took over the old Oasis Club north of The Breakers in the 1940s.

Photos in the Life story showed nuns collecting marine life specimens on the beach, dissecting a shark, and dispensing chemicals from the former Oasis Club bar.

Those same photos reappeared in The Palm Beach Post’s Nov. 23, 1941 season preview edition:

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Posted in Flashback blog April 9, 2013 at 3:23 pm.

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