Marco Island Historical Society Presents Cool Summer Events

Summer entertainment at the Marco Island Historical Museum includes a full program of summer events. Marco Island Historical Society presents a range of summer events that include dynamic programs on Marco Island and the history of the surrounding area and the ancient, pioneer and modern inhabitants of the area. The programs will be presented in person.

The summer schedule also includes School’s Out, Museums are IN! programs presented by Collier County Museums that will keep educational exploration and engagement going all summer long. All events are free and open to the public. The programs include the following:

The history of Seminole patchwork

Thursday, July 15, 2 p.m. MIHM Sandlin Gallery Join museum director Rebecca Mazeroski to learn about the origins and history of patchwork in Seminole culture and the surprising links to Marco Island. After the talk, stroll through the latest temporary exhibit by Jessica Osceola, a member of the Seminole tribe and an art professor at Florida Gulf Coast University.

The Old’s Diaries: Out of the Vault

Thursday July 29, 2 p.m. Galerie MIHM Sandlin

Join MIHS Collections Director Heather Otis as she pulls one of the Marco Island Historical Society’s most valuable collections out of the vault and into the gallery. She will delve into the remarkable journals, correspondence and photographs of young pioneer Saloma Olds. This incredible collection brings to life the story of pioneer life on Marco Island in the early 1900s.

The Swamp Traders by author Jason Vuic

Thursday, August 4, 6 p.m. Rose History Auditorium also virtual via Zoom Historian and author Jason Vuic presents his latest book, The Swamp Peddlers, and tells the story of how modern Florida was built and how the American Dream was transformed.

The case of the curious cat casting

Thursday, August 5, 2 p.m. MIHM Sandlin Gallery. Join MIHS Curator of Collections Austin Bell to unravel the mystery of a beautiful but confusing bronze cast of the Key Marco Cat. Acquired by MIHS in 2014, the cast is currently on display at MIHM. It would have belonged to the daughter of anthropologist Frank Hamilton Cushing. The only problem? Cushing did not have children. Bell will share his recent adventures at the Smithsonian Institution and the Penn Museum where he uncovered more information on the true origins of the enigmatic object.

Program for teens: digging deep with archeology

Wednesday July 28, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Explore the past and test your sedimentation skills in the most practical way possible… through the realm of archeology. Marco Island is home to one of the most famous digs in Florida history, making it the perfect setting for this in-depth lesson on how archaeologists do what they do. Participants can try out some of the tools of the trade firsthand.

Florida Critters – All Ages

Saturday July 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Stop at the Marco Island Historical Museum for a take-out bag of activities inspired by the museum’s beautiful Selfie Scene mural by JJ Stinchcomb that features the animals of Marco Island. Ideal for children of all ages, but especially for 6-12 year olds.

Call 239-389-6447 for program reservations. The presentations are free. Places are limited to the first 50 registered. The Marco Island Historical Museum is located at 180 S. Heathwood Drive. The Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entrance is free and the site is accessible to people with reduced mobility. CDC guidelines are followed. For general information or to register for School’s Out, museums are IN! events, call 239-252-1440. |

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