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Dig In Progress  
  A local archaeological dig is in progress at the ancient Key Marco site. This site is no longer visible to the naked eye, as it has been affected by construction and development since the island was first settled.
Outreach Assistant Posted
  ”The position for outreach assistant at the Southwest Regional Center is now posted at the University of Florida website. Please note that a degree in archaeology is not required; qualified applicants for the position may well come from different professional backgrounds. Also, please note that the candidate need not relocate to Lee County. Residence in any one of the five counties covered by the Southwest Regional Center is acceptable, as outreach in all of these counties is the main priority. Spanish speakers will especially help to bring successful public outreach to those communities in the region (such as in Collier County) where English is often used as a second language. Experience working with the public is needed for the successful applicant, and a background in education or communication, and a willingness to learn basic culture history in this area. Also, flexibility and a willingness to work at several Saturday events (most of which will be in Lee County) and attend some
e evening meetings of the archaeological society in Bonita Springs will be a plus.”
Finds From Dives 
  The Charlotte County Historical Center presents an exhibit on archaeological finds from dives made by crews at the Mel Fisher Museum in the Keys. (I personally think this exhibit may give a misleading view of underwater archaeology as it is properly done, since most underwater digs are not geared toward finding “treasures” that are worth X amount of dollars, and which produce thousands of finds that can be shown in many museums. Some critics agree with me, while others think the underwater finds made by these folks are just cool. You be the judge… but remember that all finds made underwater within the state of Florida officially belong to the state, and finds off the coast are often subject to lengthy legal battles over ownership….-KBS)
50 Years of Recognition
  The Seminole Tribe recognizes 50 years of recognition by the US government in August.
Walking tours
  Walking tours of the famous murals around Punta Gorda begin August 12, the day before the anniversary of 2004’s Hurricane Charley (which was responsible for destroying many of the original murals in the town). Brochures will be distributed at this significant event.
Lee Parent and Child Magazine
  Great news! This month in Lee Parent and Child Magazine, a photo spread about back-to-school clothes for kids was shot in the Lee County Black History Society’s museum! The space in an historic schoolhouse makes a great backdrop for these kids and their fashions, and is also a great reminder to visit this museum (off of Hwy 82/Martin Luther King Blvd.) if you have not already.
Michael Wylde Lecture
  Michael Wylde presents a lecture and slide show of his exciting work on important sites in the Southwestern United States, while he recently served as a crew chief of groups on an Earth Watch excavation. Don’t miss this look at a very different kind of history than we have here in Florida. This lecture is sponsored by the very active Southwest Florida Archaeological Society, and it will take place at 7:30 in Bonita Springs (exit 116 from I-75). All SWFAS meetings are held at the community center across from the band shell on Old Highway 41. This spot is just up the road from Everglades Wonder Gardens too, so you may want to take a peek inside before the lecture. Meet Michael at 7, which is when coffee and snacks are served.
Florida Humanities Council Grant
  The Clewiston Museum recently received a grant from the Florida Humanities Council, to support a speaker series about local history and culture, to take place this fall and spring. Speakers will include historians, stoytellers, and authors. Stay posted here for more details.

Lewis and Clark Expedition

  In October 2011, the Clewiston Library will host an exciting exhibit about the Lewis and Clark expedition! This is funded by a grant from the American Library Association
Florida Anthroplogist Journals
  The SW Regional Center has loaned its complete set of Florida Anthroplogist journals to the Bonita Springs Historical Society, for use in their library space at the historic Liles Hotel on Old 41. Feel free to come by this comfortable reading room and look at a growing collection of Florida history materials in this non-lending library. The journals will stay in Bonita Springs through early 2008, when they will move to another interested location.
Recent Finds  
  Photos of some of the recent finds can be found at a link to one story by Joel Hood at the Sun-Sentinel; photos are by Mike Fisher  
Grant Funding for the Mound House
  The Mound House in Fort Myers Beach is applying for grant funding from the Division of Historic Resources in Tallahassee to prepare renovations to the historic property, and to produce interpretive displays at the house and archaeological site. We wish the Mound House well with this proposal!


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