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.
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.”
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)
Years of Recognition
Seminole Tribe recognizes 50 years of recognition by the US government
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.
Parent and Child Magazine
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.
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.
Humanities Council Grant
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.
and Clark Expedition
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
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.
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