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From Copeland to McDonald’s Quarters: African-American Communities in Collier County

September 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

African-Americans began arriving in Collier County as runaway slaves around the same time as the Seminoles. During times of segregation and Jim Crow, blacks were not allowed to own property and were only allowed to live in certain areas of town. Because of the laws and racism many of these communities suffered harsh conditions such as no indoor plumbing, unsafe living structures, and garbage and sewage in the streets. Yet, these communities thrived. In this lecture, Joy Murphy, Curator of…

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Third Thursday Lecture Series: Florida Pirates – Fact & Fiction

September 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Did Gasparilla really plunder the Spanish Main from a hideout in Southwest Florida? Was there treasure buried throughout the Ten Thousand Islands? Who was Black Caesar and did he really keep captives on Captiva Island? We'll try to separate the truth from the tall tales during this talk about pirate 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…

Naples Depot Museum

Museum Day Live!

September 21 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Ready for an adventure? Enjoy a special day out with the family at the Naples Depot Museum, as guests of the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum Day Live! In the spirit of the Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission every day, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the county open their doors on September 21, 2019 for free! The Collier County Museums’ five locations are always free. So to celebrate Museum Day…

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Homeschool Program: Invasive Species of the Everglades (Part II)

September 25 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join the Collier County Museums for a homeschool program! Each one-hour program will focus on a specific topic of learning. This month, learners will create an Everglades removal plan to restore the native ecosystem. Presentation by Fish and Wildlife Conservation. Limited seating, RSVP required. For additional information, please contact Joy Murphy, Curator of Education at 239-252-8242 or joy.murphy@colliercountyfl.gov.   EVENT RSVP

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Preschool Program: Destination Calusa

October 2 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join the Marco Island Historical Museum for a preschool program!  This free program is for 2-5-year-olds who have not yet entered kindergarten.  Each one-hour program will focus on learning and play, with a specific topic in mind. This month’s program will focus on the Calusa. What was daily life like for the Calusa?  View the Calusa exhibit and explore our new Calusa art space and learn about early residents of SW Florida. Space is limited to 10 children per session,…

Tony Mauriello – Why Native Plants

October 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

People are becoming more aware and better educated about our environment. There seems to be a sincere desire to live in such a way that our impact on the environment is lessened. Perceptions about nature and beauty are changing, too. While a green lawn was once thought of as beautiful, natural landscapes are now valued for their biodiversity as well as their beauty. The importance of native plants in the local ecosystem will be discussed and information about resources for…

Everglades Laundry Historic Photo

Third Thursday Lecture Series: From Collier Laundry to Collier Museum

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

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…

Pioneer Pumpkin Palooza

Pioneer Pumpkin Palooza

October 19 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Wind your way through the hay maze to the pumpkin patch. Enjoy fun pioneer-themed activities for all ages from a scavenger hunt, face painting, hayrides, games, arts and crafts and so much more! FREE. For more information, please call (239) 252-2611.

Children in exhibit gallery

Homeschool Program: Destination Calusa

October 23 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join the Collier County Museums for a homeschool program! Each one-hour program will focus on a specific topic of learning. This month, learners will explore a day in the life of the Calusa, learn their survival techniques, and create Calusa art. Limited seating, RSVP required. For additional information, please contact Joy Murphy, Curator of Education at 239-252-8242 or joy.murphy@colliercountyfl.gov.   EVENT RSVP

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Cowboy Roots: Artist’s Reception with Don Columbus

October 23 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Join us for an artist's reception with photographer Don Columbus, featuring cowboy poetry with Clint Raulerson. About the Exhibit "Cowboy Roots - Photography by Don Columbus" Discovering Roberts Ranch three years ago, photographer Don Columbus grew fascinated by the long time-depth of Florida’s cattle industry and the cultural roots of today’s cattle men and women, and the ranches they work. His photography captures this hard working “Real Florida” lifestyle; revealing a richer present by focusing on details often missed in…

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