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15th Annual MSD History & Heritage Festival

February 19, 2019 - February 23, 2019

Everglades Laundry Historic Photo

Museum of the Everglades’ annual MSD History & Heritage Festival celebrates the region’s unique past with five days of presentations by a wide variety of authors, artists, scientists, historians and adventurers.  From informative talks to swamp walks, this event has something for everyone.


Tuesday, February 19 • 10:45 AM – 3:00 PM

Opening Luncheon at Everglades Isle • $25 per person, $20 for members of Friends of the Museum of the Everglades
“A Lunch, A Postcard and Nickname: Marjory at Yale” by Cesar Becerra, author. Share with Cesar his memories of Marjory Stoneman Douglas

Wednesday, February 20 – Education and Adventure

Historic Canoe Tour: Big Cypress*
8:30 am • Max 12 people, approx. 2-3 hrs

“History of the Fakahatchee”
Ranger Mike Duey, Fakahatchee Strand Preserve • 9:00 am

“And Then There Were Five: The Story of the Collier County Museums”
Amanda Townsend, Director, Collier County Museums • 10:00 am

“A Drive Through the Park: The Road to Flamingo”
Cesar Becerra, Author • 11:00 am

“Life in the Ten Thousand Islands from 1870 to 1970”
Marya Repko, Author • 1:00 pm

“The Biology of the Fakahatchee”
Mike Owen, Biologist Fakahatchee State Park 2:00 pm

“History of the Tamiami Trail, Conner’s Highway, and Ingraham Highway”
Bruce Emerson, Author • 3:00 pm


Thursday, February 21 – Step Into the Glades

Kayaking the Fakahatchee with Tod Dahlke*
8:30 am • Max 12 people, approx. 3-4 hrs

“Repurposing the Past: Naples Depot & Beyond”
Lisa Marciano, Naples Depot Museum • 9:00 am

Otter John’s Wild Everglades Animal Presentation
10:00 am

“The History of Seminole Cattle in Florida”
Rey Becerra, Adventurer/Activist • 11:00 am

“History of the Gladesmen”
Jack Shealy, Jr. • 1:00 pm

Swamp Walk with Mike Owen*
Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park
1:00 pm • Max 12 people, approx. 3-4 hrs

“A Man Named Jaudon: New Insights of Loop Road”
Cesar Becerra, Author • 2:00 pm

“The Price of a Feather”
Ranger Pele LaFrance, Big Cypress National Preserve •3:00 pm


Friday, February 22 – History and Heritage

“Working Together: The Unique Sociology of Punta Gorda”
Martha Bireda, Director, Blanchard House Museum of African History • 9:00 am

“The Value of Green”
Ranger Erica, Big Cypress National Preserve • 10:00 am

“The Wild, Wild South: The History of Florida’s Cattle Industry”
Theresa Schober, Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch • 11:00 am

“How the Jet Port Saved the Swamp”
Tony Pernas, Supervisory Botanist, Big Cypress National Preserve • 2:00 pm

“A Line in Memory: The Seminole Wars of the 19th Century”
Ranger Jon Swain, Big Cypress National Preserve • 3:00 pm


Saturday, February 23 – Our Path from the Past

“Does Smokey Have it Wrong?”
Ranger Daniel Higinbotham, Big Cypress National Preserve • 9:00 am

Fakahatchee Tram Tour*
10:00 am • Max 20 people, approx. 1.5 hours

Otter John’s Wild Everglades Animal Presentation
10:00 am

“What Happened to Ochopee”
Jeff Whichello, Author • 11:00 am

“Museum of the Everglades: From Laundry to Museum”
Martha Hutcheson, Museum of the Everglades • 12:00 pm


* Reservations Required for Excursions, Call (239) 252-5026 for more information.


February 19, 2019
February 23, 2019
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Museum of the Everglades
105 Broadway Ave W
Everglades City, 34139 United States
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(239) 252-5026