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History & Heritage Week at Museum of the Everglades

History & Heritage Week at Museum of the Everglades

February 15 – February 19

A weeklong series of lunches, lectures, talks, tours, demonstrations, and more – celebrating and sharing the unique history and heritage of the greater Everglades City area.



Presidents’ Day Picnic
February 15 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Celebrate our area’s rich presidential history and enjoy free hotdogs courtesy of Friends of Museum of the Everglades. Get your photo taken with the U.S. Presidents who visited Everglades City in our Pop-up Presidential Gallery and hear amusing anecdotes about each chief executive’s visit.



Annual Marjory Stoneman Douglas Luncheon
February 16 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Friends of the Museum of the Everglades hosts this annual luncheon honoring the “Grandma of the Glades” who was the catalyst for the establishment of Everglades National Park. The event features a keynote speaker who addresses a theme connected to the annual affair’s namesake, as well as local cuisine, door prizes, and small-town fellowship.

$20 per person



Everglades Expo
February 17 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

A day-long event exhibiting the opportunities available for guests and visitors to explore the Everglades – from educational literature to swamp walks. Tables and tents staffed by local tour guides, partner organizations, park employees, authors, historians, and more will fill the parking lot at Museum of the Everglades – providing information, doing demonstrations, and sharing history, science and more with visitors. One-stop shopping for information about what to do and who can help you do it in the Everglades.



Third Thursday Lecture Series – Art and Artists in Everglades City (and beyond)
February 18 10:00 am

The work of artists living in and around Everglades City—including Rob Storter, Dick Jay, Camille Baumgartner, Bob Klotz, and Varick Niles, as well as photographers Clyde Butcher, JohnBob Carlos and others—will be discussed and explored as it relates to the area’s unique landscape and history.

Third Thursday Lecture Series – Camille Brock Baumgartner
February 18 2:00 pm

Kelly Fitzsimmons, daughter of Everglades artist Camille Baumgartner (featured in the retrospective currently showing in the Pauline Reeves Gallery at the museum) will share her mother’s colorful life story from her own unique and personal perspective.



Preservation Friday
February 19

A day-long series of events dedicated to historic preservation in Everglades City

  • 9:00 am – 10:30 am Historic Walking Tour: A slow-paced comprehensive tour of historic sites at the center of Everglades City—less than a mile of actual walking. Free to the public.
  • 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Historic Bicycle TourA tour of historic sites around Everglades City and Chokoloskee led by the Everglades Society for Historic Preservation—total ride of less than ten miles.
  • 2:00 pm Lecture: Saving our City’s HistoryA presentation by a preservation expert on next steps and strategies for saving historic structures in Everglades City and similar small towns.



History and Heritage Week. photo of the Museum of the Everglades