Marco Island Historical Society meets Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Rose History Auditorium in our own new museum complex on Marco Island. 7 p.m. Open Social Hour. 7:15 Brief MIHS Meeting, Craig Woodward Docent Recognition. 7:30 Speaker Introduction: Jerry Masters. 7:35 History of the Fakahatchee: Marya Repko. Contact Jerry Masters 239-394-3917.
Marya moved to Everglades City in 2000 to retire from the computer business. She was fascinated with the little planned town in the middle of the swamp and because she grew up in a Village in Connecticut that was even smaller and more remote. She became a volunteer at the Museum in Everglade City and started reading about their history. There was no one book that gave it all so by the time she had devoured everything on the library shelves, she knew enough to write “A Brief History the Everglades City Area.” Some of the older residents were very helpful reading the draft and recalling past times. Because she knew the book would have a limited distribution, she published it herself. Since then, she has done a kids’ version and a Spanish translation. Other books followed: “Angel of the Swamp; Deaconess Harriet Bedell in the Everglades” and “A brief History of the Fakahatchee.”
Currently, she is the co-editor of “The Mullet Rapper” which comes out ever 2 weeks with local news. She also is the president of the Everglades Society for Historic Preservation and membership secretary of the Friends of Fakahatchee.