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Third Thursday Lecture Series: The Deaconess Harriet Bedell

December 19, 2019 @2:00 pm-3:00 pm

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Deaconess Harriet Bedell, an Episcopalian missionary, who had lived and worked with the Cheyenne in Oklahoma and the Gwich’in of Alaska, came to the Everglades in 1932 in hopes of converting the Seminole Tribe. She established the Glades Cross Mission and helped to develop a commercial market for local native handicrafts and clothing, encouraging the Seminole and Miccosukee to focus on traditional designs and styles rather than those of western tribes the public had come to expect from cowboy films. She continued her work with the Seminole well into her 80s until her home and mission were destroyed by Hurricane Donna. While recognized as a humanitarian leader and Great Floridian, the Deaconess’ legacy is not without controversy. Explore her story with us.


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.


December 19, 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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