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Third Thursday Lecture Series: From Collier Laundry to Collier Museum

October 17, 2019 @2:00 pm-3:00 pm

Everglades Laundry Historic Photo

The building that is currently the home of Museum of the Everglades began its life as a commercial laundry and dry cleaner. Barron Collier was determined to provide all modern conveniences for the people living and working in what was then the company town of Everglades. The laundry not only washed the swamp mud soiled clothing of the men working on construction of the Tamiami Trail, it handled cleaning the staff uniforms and bed linens for three Collier hotels from as far away as Tampa.

Over the years the building has also served as an insurance agency, a popular local diner, the headquarters of the local Women’s Club and more. Museum Assistant Martha Hutcheson, who served Collier County Museums in this very building for over 15 years, will share the colorful story of how the pink repository on Broadway went from cleaning clothes to preserving history.


Join us at the Museum of the Everglades every month for our Third Thursday lecture series. Presented by museum staff or local authority, these lectures will explore the lesser known and often-overlooked areas of our region’s past.

Every lecture is free, begins at 2 pm and will include an opportunity for questions and discussion.


October 17, 2019
2:00 pm-3:00 pm
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Museum of the Everglades
105 Broadway Ave W
Everglades City, 34139 United States
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(239) 252-5026