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. . .
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. . .
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. . .
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. . .
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,. . .
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. . .
Presenter: Corey Malcolm, Director of Archaeology, Mel Fisher Maritime Museum Location: IMAG History & Science Center, 2000 Cranford Avenue, Fort Myers Time: Program 7:00pm South Florida was never a hub for the Transatlantic Slave Trade, but because of its location as a gateway to the Caribbean, many significant, associated events occurred here. Today, evidence for the Slave Trade can be found in Florida, both on land and under the sea. Marine archaeologist Corey Malcom, of. . .
Fighting over a stolen herd by Frederic Remington. The image was included in an August 1895 Harper’s magazine article entitled, “Cracker Cowboys of Florida.” Presenter: Dave Southall Location: Collier County Museum, 3331 Tamiami Trail East, Naples, 34112 With the removal of the aboriginal population and later the Seminole people, vast herds of cattle, descendants of the Andalusian breeds brought by the Spanish in the 16th century, roamed wild across central Florida. These cattle herds provided. . .