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Waste Not, Want Not: Decorate like a Pioneer

Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch 1215 Roberts Ave, Immokalee, FL

Enjoy the simplicity and creativity of the holidays before commercialism. We’ll put together holiday decorations like the pioneers did — using what’s available from nature to celebrate the season.

Rudolph Was a Radical: Holiday Films as Social Commentary

Collier Museum at Government Center 3331 Tamiami Trail E, Naples, FL

Museums Director Amanda Townsend will be exploring some of our favorite holiday TV shows and movies. Not just feel-good stories, these films reflect many of the social concerns of the times in which they were made. Join us for an exploration of the social commentary offered through these beloved and timely classics.

Everglades Americana: The Art of Dick Jay

Museum of the Everglades 105 Broadway Ave W, Everglades City

Museum of the Everglades Manager Thomas Lockyear will discuss the poignant and often whimsical way that artist Dick Jay captured historic events and personalities with paint and sculpture. Part primitive, part folk art, Mr. Jay’s prolific work captured not only the essence of life in Florida’s Last Frontier, but the spirit of the people living […]

Marco Island Historical Society “Florida Talks” — David Powell: Early Cuban Exiles:  Memories of Loss, Struggle and Rebirth

Marco Island Historical Museum 180 S Heathwood Dr, Marco Island, FL

From 1959 to 1973, more than 600,000 Cuban exiles came to the US in two  waves and laid the foundation for the modern Cuban American community. Almost all arrived with only a few clothes and pocket money. Based on interviews with 54 persons about early Cuban exiles, this presentation tells how and why they left […]

Marco Island Historical Society “Florida Talks” — Magdalena Lamarre: Southern Road to Freedom: Florida’s Underground Railroad

Marco Island Historical Museum 180 S Heathwood Dr, Marco Island, FL

The nation’s first Underground Railroad was established in Florida in the late 17th century, servings as a beacon of freedom for runaway slaves from the American south. Existing before the better-known Northern Underground Railroad, enslaved Africans gained their freedom by escaping and earning asylum in Spanish Florida. This presentation focuses on Florida’s early history as […]

Marco Island Historical Society “Florida Talks” — Carrie Sue Ayvar: More than Orange Blossoms: Feisty, Fabulous Women of Florida

Marco Island Historical Museum 180 S Heathwood Dr, Marco Island, FL

Though not always in the history books, the women who helped build, form, shape and develop this state of Florida certainly have inspired hope & possibility! A selection of stories about some of the strong, courageous women whose paths we follow will be shared with time for a Q & A and discussion. An internationally […]

Marco Island Historical Society “Florida Talks” — David Head: Pirates, Privateers and the Fall of Spain’s Empire: How Spanish American Independence Brought Florida to the United States

Marco Island Historical Museum 180 S Heathwood Dr, Marco Island, FL

Over two hundred years ago, in the summer of 1817, a group of pirates and privateers invaded Amelia Island, Florida, a Spanish colony, in hopes of striking a blow for the Spanish American Revolutions. This presentation tells the stories of these revolutionary rogues and their leaders, how they planned to free Florida from Spanish rule, […]