March 2020: Xenia Kyriakou, Florida Gulf Coast University

Date: March 18, 2020 Time: 7:00pm Location: IMAG, Ft. Myers, FL Early Cistercians, a Catholic order of monks and nuns was founded in A.D. 1098 to follow the strict Rule of Saint Benedict. Practitioners are typically believed to have lived obedient, simple lives toiling in agricultural fields and eating only coarse bread, vegetables and herbs. However, word spread of feasts and parties leading to Gerald of Wales calling the Cistercians hypocrites! Chemical analysis of human skeletal. . .

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February 2020: Theresa Schober

Presenter: Theresa Schober Date: February 19, 2020  Time: 7:00pm Location: IMAG, Ft. Myers, FL SUBJECT: In 1521, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon attempted to settle Florida at the mouth of the Caloosahatchee River. While the settlement failed, some of the expedition’s cattle remained. By the 1600s, 20,000 head of cattle supported early Spanish settlements and missions. Open range, unclaimed herds, and the lawless frontier ultimately created Cattle Barons, wide-open cow towns, rustlers, and a new. . .

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January 2020: Dr. Margo J. Schwadron

Presenter: Dr. Margo J. Schwadron SUBJECT: The Ten Thousand Islands contain some of the largest, most complex shell midden mound constructions in the world. Over 12 years ago, Dr. Schwadron began some of the first investigation of many of these monumental sites, and over many years, through National Geographic grants, dissertation work, and National Park Service supported fieldwork, she has completed numerous investigations and specialized studies throughout the region. This talk will provide an overview of. . .

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November 2019: Austin J. Bell

Presenter: Austin Bell, Curator, Marco Island Historical Museum 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 Native American objects ever discovered in North America. Now housed in the collections of such. . .

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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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