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Museum of Medical History Lecture

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

Join us for a lecture by Dr. Jeffrey Elsbery and Dr. Jacob H. Goldberger from the Museum of Medical History at Florida SouthWestern State College for a discussion the development of their museum, which covers the practice of medicine in Southwest Florida from the mid-1800s to the 1970s. The museum is the home of one […]

Third Thursday Lecture – Evolution Of The Airboat

Museum of the Everglades 105 Broadway Ave W, Everglades City

The airboat has become an iconic symbol of the Everglades, and this presentation will trace the history of these unique watercrafts from their earliest, experimental incarnations through the modern mega-boats of today seating twenty or more thrill-seeking tourists. The many uses of these fast-moving swamp-ready vehicles will be discussed in depth, with examples ranging from […]

Hercules in a Box: Dynamite, Du Pont, and the Building of the Tamiami Trail

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

Stephanie Long, the manager of the Collier Museum at Government Center, will be doing a deep dive into the history of one of the objects in our collection, a wooden crate from the Hercules Powder Company. The complex story of this simple object covers black powder, the wealthy Du Pont family, the slaying of a […]

Third Thursday Lecture – Growing in the Glades: An Agricultural History of Everglades City

Museum of the Everglades 105 Broadway Ave W, Everglades City

While many early settlers were attracted by the area’s diverse and plentiful fish and game, it was the extraordinarily fertile soil that caused them to stay. Squash, pumpkins, and cucumbers gave way to sugarcane and tomatoes — crops still grown throughout the region. Pioneer farms supplying soldiers in the Civil War would eventually grow into […]

Cowboy Coffee: Did Coffee Win the Civil War?

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

The best part of waking up is learning how to make the cowboy coffee in your cup! Learn about how the pioneers made coffee and what they made it with. Sample some of this wonderful brew and talk about coffee and its impact on the Civil War. Free coffee for all attendees. No decaf within […]

The Allure of Immortality: An American Cult, a Florida Swamp, and a Renegade Prophet

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

FGCU Associate Professor Lyn Millner will be discussing her book about the Koreshan utopian commune founded in Estero in the late 19th century. Named as one of the five best books about cults by the Wall Street Journal, The Allure of Immortality details the story of Cyrus Teed and his followers who settled in swampy, […]

Third Thursday Lecture — The Other Side of “Progress:” The Tamiami Trail’s Dark Legacy

Museum of the Everglades 105 Broadway Ave W, Everglades City

Although the construction of a highway across the Everglades in the mid-1920s is still celebrated as a miracle of modern engineering, the devastating effects this edifice would have on both the ecosystems of the Everglades and the culture of the region’s indigenous people is often overlooked. This day-before-Earth-Day presentation will explore the unfortunate effects of […]

Building with the Land — A Look at Southwest Florida’s Vernacular Architecture

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

Join Elaina Gyure, Curator of Education for the Collier County Museums, to discover how Floridians from three very distinct eras of Collier County’s history – the Calusa, the crackers, and the developers of the 1920s – reacted to and worked with the environment through the vernacular structures they built. (Please note: the topic of this […]

The Train, the Trail, and the Origins of Florida Tourism

Museum of the Everglades 105 Broadway Ave W, Everglades City

Museum of the Everglades Manager Thomas Lockyear, a former curator of the railroad museum on Pigeon Key, will discuss the roles of Henry Flagler's railway and Barron Collier's Tamiami Trail in opening Florida to tourism and establishing it as the state's primary industry. This is an in-person lecture. If you cannot join us in the […]

Cowboy Coffee: Stuff from the Chuckwagon

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

The best part of waking up is cowboy coffee in your cup! Learn about how pioneers made coffee and what they made it with. Sample some of this wonderful brew and talk about coffee and other offerings of the chuckwagon. Free coffee for all attendees. No decaf within 100 miles.