November 20, 2019: HOMEWARD BOUND: THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY OF KEY MARCO’S ARTIFACTS

Presenter: Austin Bell, Curator, Marco Island Historical Museum Location: Collier Museum at Government Center, 3331 Tamiami Trail East, Naples, 34112 Time: Program 7:00pm SUBJECT: In December 2018, Marco Island welcomed “home” some of Florida’s most well-known archaeological artifacts for a special exhibition at the Marco Island Historical Museum. Excavated in 1896 from Key Marco – an archaeological site less than three miles from the museum – the artifacts are some of the most important precontact. . .

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April 17, 2019: Middens in the Muck: Evidence of Late Archaic Tree Island Communities in the Northern Everglades

Presenter: William Locascio, Florida Gulf Coast University Location: Collier Museum at Government Center, 3331 Tamiami Trail East, Naples, 34112 Time: Program 7:00pm SUBJECT: Students from the Florida Gulf Coast University Anthropology Program excavated remains of a Late Archaic village near Belle Glade, FL over two seasons, producing evidence that communities of people thrived in the northern Everglades more than three thousand years ago. The evidence also indicates that the deposition of refuse from day-to-day life. . .

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March 20, 2019: Down and Dirty: The Archaeology of Southeast Florida

Presenter: Christian Davenport, Historic Preservation Officer & Archaeologist, Palm Beach County Location: iMAG History & Science Center, 2000 Cranford Avenue, Fort Myers Time: Program 7:00pm SUBJECT: The interior of South Florida is the last black hole of archaeology research within the lower 48 states. Over a decade of research has not only filled in missing information for Palm Beach County, but has also changed the broader prehistoric interpretations of the state. This lecture will be. . .

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February 20, 2019: Onward and Upward: The History of the African-American Community in Fort Myers, Florida 1867-1969

Presenter: Mr. Jarrett Eady Location: iMAG History & Science Center, 2000 Cranford Avenue, Fort Myers Time: Program 7:00pm SUBJECT: Learn about the history and experiences of the African-American Community here in Ft. Myers, Florida from the post-Civil War period of 1867 to 1969. The emancipation of slavery after the Civil War was supposed to change things for African-Americans, however, over time Florida re-imposed segregation. In 1885, 20 years after the war, Florida passed a law. . .

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January 16, 2019: The Making of Escampaba: The Kingdom of Carlos

Presenter: Theresa Schober Location: IMAG History & Science Center, 2000 Cranford Avenue, Fort Myers Time: Program 7:00pm SUBJECT: The first program of the new year is by local archaeologist and film maker Theresa Schober. Theresa will discuss the making of a soon to be released documentary focused on the Calusa capital of Mound Key. Join us for “The Making of Escampaba: The Kingdom of Carlos.”   The documentary deals with the Spanish discovery of La. . .

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SWFAS DECEMBER 2018 FIELD TRIP TO MARCO ISLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM

On Saturday December 8, 2018 a group of 22 SWFAS members and guests visited the Marco Island Historical Museum.   We were given an overview by a museum staff member to familiarize us with the layout of the museum and to answer any questions we might have. Of course, we were there to see the original ‘Cat’ that is on loan from the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. Seeing the ‘Cat’ was a real experience. . .

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November 14, 2018: Captain John Horr, Marco Island Pioneer

Presenter: David Southall Location: Collier County Museum, 3331 Tamiami Trail East, Naples, 34112 Time: Program 7:00pm SUBJECT: Union Civil War veteran and successful businessman, John F. Horr purchased a “shell mound island” near Caxambas in 1877 to grow pineapples for his wholesale grocery business. A residence was built for him on the island, along with a school for the children of island workers, a packing house and a wharf. All that remains today of that small community is. . .

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March 21, 2018: Made from the Sands of Florida – Egmont Key, Climate Change and the Seminole Tribe of Florida

From left, Quenton Cypress, Juan Cancel, Paul Backhouse, Bobby Henry, Shannon Purvis and Willie Johns stand near the spot on Egmont Key where Seminole Indians were imprisoned during the Third Seminole War. Photo by Peter B. Gallagher.  Presenter: Paul Backhouse, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Seminole Tribe of Florida Location: IMAG History & Science Center, 2000 Cranford Avenue, Fort Myers Time: Program 7:00pm The Seminole Tribe of Florida and south Florida are bound together in a. . .

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April 18, 2018: The Science and Art of Reading Bones

Presenter: Heather Walsh-Haney, Associate Professor, Florida Gulf Coast University Location: Collier County Museum, 3331 Tamiami Trail East, Naples, 34112 Time: Program 7:00pm Fictitious Forensic Anthropologist Temperance Brennan from the television show, Bones, has shaped the public’s perception of how human skeletal remains may contribute to solving a case. This presentation discusses the strengths and weaknesses of the latest techniques actually used by forensic anthropologists, highlighted through casework from the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean,. . .

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January 17, 2018: Night at the Museum – The Lenses of Science and History

A visitor enjoys the fish tank at IMAG featured on the Animal Planet’s tv series “Tanked.” Presenter: Matthew Johnson, Director, IMAG Location: IMAG History & Science Center, 2000 Cranford Avenue, Fort Myers Time: Reception 5:00pm Program 6:00pm The study of Science and History are two lenses we use to understand our world. By practice, these studies have been segregated in informal learning environments like museums. The mission and vision of the IMAG History and Science. . .

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