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“Naples Depot’s 1947 Budd Tavern Train Car undergoes Restoration!”

A leading attraction at the Naples Depot for over 35 years, the streamlined Budd Observation Car, will finally undergo an extensive year-long restoration to bring the car back to its 1947 roots. Don Whatley, of Shadow Transit Service, Inc., will oversee this complex restoration. The Budd Car, #6601, was one of six built for the Seaboard Air Line Railroad in 1947 and was primarily used in New York–Florida service in trains such as the “Silver Meteor”. The car was originally configured with a tavern section seating 34 people and an observation section seating 24 individually. Included in the observation end ... Read More »

Through My Eyes

The Naples Depot Museum is pleased to present Through My Eyes,  paintings of Naples and the Everglades by local artist Kevin O’Brien on display August 5- October 24, 2015. The free wine and cheese reception, sponsored by the Friends of the Collier County Museums, will be open to the public and held on Thursday, September 17, 2015 from 6pm to 8pm.   Kevin O’Brien is a third generation artist who drew inspiration from his mother and grandmother. Raised in Rocky Neck, Cape Ann, Massachusetts, the oldest, still working Art Colony in the U.S., O’Brien had the opportunity at an early age to appreciate ... Read More »

“The History of Collier County Place Names”

Collier County Museum: June 24 Ever wonder how some of our local places got their names? Who is Gordon Pass named after? How about Doctors Pass? What about Tigertail Beach? Collier County Museums invites visitors to look into an interesting history behind names of the places in the community. The program was organized by Naomi Goren, Curator of Education at the Collier County Museums. Admission is open to the public at no cost and reservations are required. For more information, please call (239) 252-8738 Read More »

“Southwest Florida’s Hurricane History”

Collier County Museum: July 22 Southwest Florida has been hit by several damaging hurricanes over the years including Hurricane Donna in 1960. Learn more about these destructive forces of nature and how they have shaped local history. The presentation was organized by Naomi Goren, Curator of Education at the Collier County Museums. Admission is open to the public at no cost and reservations are required. For more information, please call (239) 252-8738. About Collier County Museums: More than 10,000 years of Southwest Florida History is on display at Collier County Museums’ five locations – the main museum location in Naples, four additional museum ... Read More »

“History Comes to Life” The Collage Art of John M. Williams

The Naples Depot Museum is pleased to present History Comes to Life, The Collage Art of John M. Williams on display April 1, 2015 through May 30, 2015 . The opening wine and cheese reception, sponsored by the Friends of the Collier County Museums, open to the public at no cost and will be held on Thursday, April 2, 2015 from 6pm to 8pm. Williams, who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, brings history to life through his intriguing cut paper collage portraits of important figures in U.S. and world history. He illuminates their lives, emotions and the background elements ... Read More »

Argh, Matey!

‘Jumpin’ John Mincieli, Debi Goodaker and Bonnie Cottage guard the Pirates Day treasure chest.

By Don Manley Rain and wind outside did nothing to dampen spirits of the children and adults cavorting inside the Marco Island Historical Museum on a recent Saturday. The dank conditions also failed to significantly hold down attendance at the museum’s Third Annual Pirate Day festival, held from 10 AM-2 PM, Jan. 24. Pirate-themed crafts, face painting, pirate games and treasure hunts are the attractions at the family-themed event, where youths came decked out in their buccaneer best to solve puzzles, capture “treasure” and enjoy food, drink and all the museum has to offer. “It’s been a lot of fun, ... Read More »

Painting Southwest Florida’s History

Second Place: Pete Sottong’s acrylic on hand-carved wood block relief depicts oyster, clam and lightening whelk shells. They were among the bivalves and other marine life whose shells were used in the mounds constructed by the Calusa Indians, Marco’s Island’s original inhabitants.

By Don Manley Southwest Florida’s days as a frontier outpost is the subject of a new art exhibit at the Marco Island History Museum. Entitled “Painting SW Florida History,” the show depicts life in Collier County from the late 1800s to the 1920s. The artworks tell the stories of settlers like Tommie Barfield, who arrived on Caxambas with her family in 1902; W.T. Collier, who settled on Marco in 1870; and Barron Gift Collier, who bought large tracts of Lee County in the early 1920s. At the opening reception on Tuesday, Jan. 7, the winners of the show’s juried portion ... Read More »

Marco Island Historical Museum features “Painting S.W. Florida History”

The Marco Island Historical Museum is delighted to present the “Painting S.W. Florida History” exhibit from Jan. 6 to March 21, 2015.  An opening artist reception will take place on Jan. 6 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free.  During the reception, artwork will be juried by a panel of experts and will include a “Peoples’ Choice Award” for attendees to vote on their favorite piece. The exhibition portrays Southwest Florida as one of the last frontiers of the United States.  Each piece tells the story of settlers like Tommie Barfield, who arrived on Caxambas with her family ... Read More »

Featuring pleine aire paintings of Vietnam, ca 1995 by Paul Arsenault

The Naples Depot Museum is delighted to host Images from the Land of the Descending Dragon, pleine aire paintings of Vietnam by local artist Paul Arsenault, on display from Jan. 3 through Jan. 30, 2015. The opening wine and cheese reception, sponsored by the Friends of the Collier County Museums, is open to the public at no cost and will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of America’s withdrawal from the conflict in Vietnam. These special paintings were created on two separate trips in 1995 and 1998, after ... Read More »

“Painting is like a Journey” Naples Depot Museum features the Artwork of Heidi Schmitz

The Naples Depot Museum is delighted to host Painting is like a Journey, paintings by local and international artist Heidi Schmitz, on display from Nov. 5 through Dec. 30, 2014. Sponsored by Friends of the Collier County Museums, the opening wine and cheese reception is free to the public and will be held on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Born in Munich, Germany, Heidi Schmitz teaches in her studio and the Peoples University of Munich, using colors and techniques that reflect a European flair not commonly found in North America. Her paintings show charming landscapes, picturesque views and colorful ... Read More »

“Portraits of Paradise” Art Exhibit


The Museum of the Everglades is excited to host Portraits of Paradise, a photographic art collection by wildlife photographer, Captain Bruce Hitchcock. Native Floridian, Wildlife Photographer and local fishing guide, Bruce Hitchcock has been photographing spectacular landscapes, plants, birds and other Everglades creatures for over 20 years while mostly from a kayak which offers a distinct perspective to the viewer. The artist reception hosted by the Friends of the Museum of the Everglades, which is free and open to the public, will be held Saturday, October 4th, 2014 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. in the Pauline Reeves Gallery at ... Read More »


The Marco Island Historical Museum presents Rob Storter’s “Artwork of the Everglades”, an illustrated guide to the Everglades history.  The exhibit runs from Sept. 2, to Oct. 31, 2014 and will include an opening reception onTuesday, Sept. 2, 5-7 p.m., hosted by the Marco Island Historical Society.  Light refreshments will be served and admission is offered at no cost. The Museum of the Everglades will also honor Storter with the exhibit, “History of Fishing in the Glades through the Eyes of Rob Storter”.  The display will take place through September and include a reception on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 1-3 p.m. at the Museum of the Everglades. Robert Lee ... Read More »

MIHS Alley Proposal – Part II

Lostman’s Key

By Noelle H. Lowery and Craig Woodward During its Aug. 1 regular meeting, the city of Marco Island Planning Board approved a proposal from the Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) to name 11 currently unnamed alleys around the island after major players in Marco’s history. With a vote of 6-1, the proposal was passed onto City Council for review and approval. The proposal is the brainchild of Marco Island historian and attorney Craig Woodward, who worked with several members of the MIHS to come up with local historical figures who were not already recognized in some way around the island. ... Read More »

Florida & Collier County

COUNTY MOVES FORWARD TO CHALLENGE FDEP CONSENT ORDER ON OIL EXPLORATION BY DAN A. HUGHES COMPANY (Naples, Fla.) – At Tuesday’s Board of County Commission (BCC) meeting, Commissioners decided to move forward with challenging the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (FDEP) Consent Order with a Texas-based company exploring oil drilling in Collier County Chairman Tom Henning placed an agenda item on the June 10, 2014 agenda to reconsider the BCC’s earlier May 13 decision to challenge the Consent Order between FDEP and Texas-based Dan A. Hughes Company due to a lack of communication with the Board of County Commissioners.  Dan A. Hughes ... Read More »

Paintings of Ferdinando Ambrosino

Collier County Museums is delighted to host From Cumae to Pompeii: A Voyage Through Time, paintings by Ferdinando Ambrosino inspired by archaeological sites in Campania, from June 12-30, 2014 at the Naples Depot Museum. This event is held in conjunction with ArtsNaples World Festival, “Celebrate the Cultural Arts of Italy!” Throughout unique multiple venues, ArtsNaples presents chamber music, opera, symphony, fashion, gourmet cuisine and art exhibitions. A free opening reception sponsored by the Friends of the Collier County Museums will be held on Wednesday June 11, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. For more information about the Naples Depot Museum’s From Cumae to Pompeii: A Voyage Through Time please contact ... Read More »

Meet the New Manager at MIHM


By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Tim England has taken the helm at the Marco Island Historical Museum. He comes to MIHM after spending eight years as the manager of The Museum of the Everglades. This transition comes as former MIHM manager, Lisa Marciano, moves on to be the manager of the Naples Depot Museum. Jennifer Perry has stepped in as manager at The Museum of the Everglades. According to England, the musical positions was the result of the departure of former Naples Depot Museum manager Gary Vincent. When Vincent moved on, says England, “it opened all kinds of opportunities for ... Read More »

Collier Museums Commemorate D-Day 70th Anniversary

Collier County Museums, in conjunction with the Museum of Military Memorabilia and the Friends of the Collier County Museums, commemorate the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, one of the most important historical events of the 20th century.  The ceremony will take place on June 7th from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Naples Depot Museum and will honor all those who fought on the beaches of Normandy, featuring guest speakers, reenactors, and military vehicles.  Additionally, a special exhibit will pay tribute to the noble Allied men and women who braved the Atlantic Wall in an attempt to free Europe from the scourge of fascism. Admission ... Read More »

CBN Columnists Talk History


By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com It’s a big year for Florida; so many reasons to celebrate. The year 2013 marks the 500th Anniversary of the discovery of Florida, the 85th Anniversary of the Tamiami Trail and the 90th Anniversary of Collier County – all of which are noteworthy in their own right. So, plan on parties throughout the year. Some may be similar to the night of May 8th, where a full auditorium celebrated the 90th Anniversary of Collier County thanks to the efforts of the Collier County Museums. The evening was held at North Collier Regional Park and promised four ... Read More »

Pirates commandeer the Marco Museum


By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Ahoy mateys! Arrrr ye ready for a day of plundering and pillaging at the Marco Island Historical Museum? On January 26, the museum will host its first ever Pirate Day in honor of the pirates of Florida’s coasts. It’s true; pirates played an integral role in Florida’s history. Just ask James and Sarah Kaserman, authors of “Florida Pirates: From the Southern Gulf Coast to the Keys and Beyond;” they will be the special guests of the day. In an effort to give the museum branches their own identities, “all of the Collier County Museums have an ... Read More »

Viva Florida Forever


By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Florida is celebrating an anniversary – 2013 marks 500 years since its discovery by the Modern World – a claim no other state can make. Searching for the elusive Fountain of Youth, Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon landed near St. Augustine in 1513. Five hundred(!) years later, Florida’s landscape is ever-changing and ever-growing. In honor of this milestone, Florida is celebrating its heritage with Viva Florida 500, a yearlong homage to the state that so many call home. The statewide initiative led by the Florida Department of State aims, “to highlight the 500 years of historic ... Read More »