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Black and white photo of boys on bikes in front of the soo line caboose

WALLACE W. ABBEY:
A LIFE IN RAILROAD PHOTOGRAPHY

May 12 – August 20, 2022

Naples Depot Museum

The exhibition Wallace W. Abbey: A Life in Railroad Photography serves as a platform to present the life work of one of America’s most dynamic and lesser-known railroad photographers, Wallace W. Abbey. Abbey offers a full understanding of all aspects of railroading and delivers his visual ideas in an exciting presentation enjoyable to the railroading community and the general public alike. Abbey’s unique roles with Trains and later the SOO Line as a photographer, journalist, historian, and railroad industry executive allowed him to capture often overlooked perspectives spanning primarily from the 1940s through the 1970s. He witnessed and photographed the sweeping changes in the railroad industry following the shift from steam to diesel locomotives, and showcased the transformation of transportation and photography after World War II.

All Collier County Museum locations offer free admission.

Chocoloskee from Above

VIEWED FROM ABOVE:
AERIAL PHOTOS OF COLLIER COUNTY, 1920S TO TODAY

May 17 – August 20, 2022

Collier Museum at Government Center

Photographers have taken to the air over Collier County for almost a century. Viewed from Above displays some of the aerial photos that have been preserved in the collection of the Collier County Museums. Airbourne photographers captured the unique landscape of Southwest Florida from a vantage point that many of us never see. Captured from above, changes to the landscapes and towns of our county are documented over time, showing us how places have changed or stayed the same over the years. The exhibit also contains contemporary drone photography to provide a “then and now” comparison of some of the historic landscapes and landmarks of Collier County.

All Collier County Museum locations offer free admission.

Louisiana Heron wading

Birds of Paradise:
The Birds of Southwest Florida and the Everglades By Inez Hudson

June 28 – October 1, 2022

Marco Island Historical Museum

Artist Inez Hudson will be sharing her latest collection of oil paintings and mixed media on the theme of birds in the South Florida region, especially of the Everglades. Ms. Hudson has long been active in the Southwest Florida art community, including serving two consecutive terms on the Board of Directors at the Marco Island Center for the Arts and as a founding member of the Art Colony of the Esplanade.

Visit her website to learn more.

All Collier County Museum locations offer free admission.

Black-and-white portrait of a man in a straw hat with a hoe resting over his shoulder

BITTERsWEET HARVEST:
THE BRACERO PROGRAM 1942-1964

April 27 – August 27, 2022

Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch

This exhibit explores the little-known story of the Bracero Program, the largest guest worker program in US history. Between 1942 and 1964, millions of Mexican men came to the US on short-term labor contracts. This bilingual exhibit explores the experiences of the workers and their families. “Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program” was organized by the National Museum of American History in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, and received federal support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center. All photographs by Leonard Nadal.

All Collier County Museum locations offer free admission.

Glen Simmons poling a teal skiff in the Everglades.

Legendary Gladesmen

May 31 – October 1, 2022

Museum of the Everglades

This exhibit explores the lives and work of seminal figures in the Gladesman Culture — from early pioneers who learned to live off the land and waters of the Everglades to the modern day frontiersmen who still call the region home.

This exhibit has been produced in partnership with the Gladesmen Heritage Foundation. Visit their website to learn more.

All Collier County Museum locations offer free admission.