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In the News: “The Year of the Calusa”

They worshipped three deities and believed that they themselves had three souls, the third of which dwelt in their eyes and survived death. They feasted on fish and shellfish, piling their kitchen scraps and broken pottery into midden mounds upon which they built their temples and homes.They inhabited and dominated Southwest Florida from Charlotte County to Collier County and beyond for more than 2,000 years. They fought against Spanish invasion, slinging the arrow that eventually killed Ponce de Leon. In the end, they succumbed to the diseases the conquistadores rained down upon them.

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Collier County Museums Present Strategic Plan in Public Forum

The Collier County Museum Division is pleased to present a new five-year organizational strategic plan for public review and commentary.

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Marco Island Historical Museum Part of “Florida’s Best-Kept Secrets”

The Marco Island Historical Museum was recently featured as part of the article “Florida’s Best-Kept Secrets” from Kenwood Travel. The Museum is listed alongside other Florida attractions such as Leu Gardens in Orlando, Weeki Wachee Springs, Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, and others.

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Naples Depot Museum Presents “Sites & Scenes: Collier County’s Historic Places”

Collier County, with its sandy beaches and warm winter weather, is known mainly as a vacation destination. Yet, if one takes the time to truly explore our county, they will find a treasure trove of history, from the 19th Century homes to a railroad depot from the Roaring ‘20s. These are just some of the sites and properties that have survived the passage of time and the inevitable allure of progress. While not every important site and structure has been preserved, this exhibition will highlight some of our County’s most important historical landmarks, and the stories behind them.

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Horr House Marco Island by Nic Provenzo

Naples Digital Photography Club Presents: “What’s Old Is Not Forgotten”

“Little that is old is preserved in Southwest Florida. The Horr House is the special exception and seldom photographed because of its location. It spoke to me upon my seeing it and said, ‘Take a 19th Century image of me, I deserve to be remembered as such!’” Provenzo said.

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In the News: “Museum presents ‘What’s Old is Not Forgotten’”

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In the News: “Poinciana Cottages hold on to its history”

The new Poinciana Cottages are modern and luxurious, but there’s a lot of history lurking under the surface.

Just a few years ago, two old cottages sat on the land along Sixth Street South in Old Naples, where two sisters had inherited the property from their father, George Rogers.

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In the News: “89 years of access: Happy Birthday, Tamiami Trail”

It is hard to overstate the impact of the Tamiami Trail on Everglades City. Prior to the completion of the road in 1928, the only access to the town was by water, through Chokoloskee Bay and the 10,000 Islands.

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Naples Digital Photography Club presents:  “Transportation in the Digital Age”

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Postcards and Perceptions: Culture as Tourism

Postcards serve as guidepost to the changes of early 20th century Florida history. Their simple, yet evocative imagery reveals the adaptive nature of the Seminole people and attest to the complex pressures and adjustments Seminoles endured to assert their identity.

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