Sunday, May 16, 2021

History Comes Alive with Marco Island Pioneers


The Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) Presents “History Comes Alive With Marco Island Pioneers” on January 9, 2018 at 7 PM in the Rose History Auditorium (RHA). MIHS members are admitted free, non-members are asked to pay $10.

Take a trip back in time with the talented Marco Island Historical Society Re-enactors as they bring colorful characters from our island’s Pioneer past to life on the stage of RHA.

Meet Molly Hamilton portrayed by Cindi Kramer. Molly is the mail order bride who came to the Ten Thousand Islands in 1917 after answering an advertisement in a magazine placed by John Louis Hamilton. She will enthrall you with tales of her life running a boarding house and grocery store on Marco Island in the early 1900s.

You’ll also meet Nurse Hazel Pettit Griffin, portrayed by Evelyn Case. Nurse Hazel attended the University of Florida at Gainesville in 1924. Through her eyes you will have a window into life in the Doxsee Cannery built and opened in 1911.

Tommie Barfield, Queen of Marco Island brought to life by Betsy Perdichizzi will be joined on stage by Deaconess Bedell, Missionary to the Everglades played by Marion Nicolay as they share the momentous story of the dedication of the Everglades National Park on December 26, 1947 by President Harry Truman.

These and other stories from the early days will transport you to the Pioneer era of Marco Island – come join us!

From left: Marion Nicolay as Deaconess Bedell, Evelyn Case as Nurse Hazel, Betsy Perdichizzi as Tommie Barfield and Cindi Kramer as Molly Hamilton. (Submitted Photo)

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