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Collier Museum at Government Center

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3331 Tamiami Trail E
Naples, FL 34112 United States
(239) 252-8476

June 2019

Preschool Program: Understanding West African Culture

June 12 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Collier Museum at Government Center, 3331 Tamiami Trail E
Naples, FL 34112 United States
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Join the Collier Museum at Government Center for a preschool program!  This free program is for 2-5-year-olds who have not yet entered kindergarten.  Each one-hour program will focus on learning and play, with a specific topic in mind. This month’s program will focus on the culture of the people of West Africa. Space is limited to 10 children per session, RSVP required. Please note: this is not a “drop off” program. Please plan to attend the program with your children.…

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Our Stories, Our Voices: Pearline Dixon

June 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Collier Museum at Government Center, 3331 Tamiami Trail E
Naples, FL 34112 United States
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Lee Tidewater employees in train car

Pearline Dixon is the eldest daughter of Mother Perry, the highly regarded mid-wife and community activist who delivered over 500 babies in Collier County. Her father, Willie Perry, worked for Lee Cypress as a logger. Born in Monticello, FL, Mrs. Dixon came to Copeland with her parents in 1947 at eleven years old. She was educated at the elementary school for black children in Everglade and was close to several Native Americans living and working in the area. Mrs. Dixon…

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Homeschool Program: Understanding West African Culture

June 26 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Collier Museum at Government Center, 3331 Tamiami Trail E
Naples, FL 34112 United States
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This series of homeschool programming will focus on cultural understanding.  In partnership with the Southwest Florida Cultural Alliance, representatives from a variety of cultures living in Southwest Florida will teach students about their culture through music, dance, and a variety of other mediums. This month’s program will focus on the culture of West Africa. Space is limited, RSVP required. For more information, contact Joy Murphy, Curator of Education at 239-252-8242 or joy.murphy@colliercountyfl.gov.   EVENT RSVP

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July 2019

Our Stories, Our Voices: Nancy “Safari Jane” Tetzlaff

July 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Collier Museum at Government Center, 3331 Tamiami Trail E
Naples, FL 34112 United States
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Nancy “Safari Jane” Tetzloff traveled the world photographing landscapes and their inhabitants. Working side-by-side with her husband, Larry, she created two zoo facilities and became a dedicated museum professional. In 1969, the Tetzloffs started the The Naples Zoo, which became a fully accredited organization. Early on, Nancy was one of a handful of women in the zoo field, but throughout her years of work, she hired many young women and helped to change the field . Nancy retired in 2004.…

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August 2019

Our Stories, Our Voices: Alfie Oakes

August 14 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Collier Museum at Government Center, 3331 Tamiami Trail E
Naples, FL 34112 United States
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Oakes Farms

Born into a fresh produce family, Alfie Oakes opened his first wholesale produce business as a teenager in Immokalee, FL. From this, he would expand his business to become a produce broker and a farmer. In 2012, he bought out his father’s partner and joined his father, Frank, in operating the Food and Thought organic produce market in Naples, FL. In 2013 following the unexpected passing of Frank, Alfie became the head of the family business – a role he…

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Family Field Day

August 24 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Collier Museum at Government Center, 3331 Tamiami Trail E
Naples, FL 34112 United States
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On your mark, get set, GO! Get your family team together to play old fashion games like water-balloon toss, sack races, three-legged races and more!

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September 2019

From Copeland to McDonald’s Quarters: African-American Communities in Collier County

September 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Collier Museum at Government Center, 3331 Tamiami Trail E
Naples, FL 34112 United States
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McDonalds Quarters exterior

African-Americans began arriving in Collier County as runaway slaves around the same time as the Seminoles. During times of segregation and Jim Crow, blacks were not allowed to own property and were only allowed to live in certain areas of town. Because of the laws and racism many of these communities suffered harsh conditions such as no indoor plumbing, unsafe living structures, and garbage and sewage in the streets. Yet, these communities thrived. In this lecture, Joy Murphy, Curator of…

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