As 2020 begins, the Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) celebrates many significant 2019 accomplishments. The “Year of the Cat” now becomes the “Years of the Cat” as the Smithsonian Institution loaned Key Marco Cat and other rare Pre-Columbian Native American artifacts on loan from the University of Pennsylvania continue on exhibit until April 3rd, 2021 at the Marco Island Historical Museum (MIHM).
This important and historic exhibit—a collaborative effort between MIHS and the Collier County Museums—was recognized with the 2019 Florida Association of Museums Award for Museum Excellence, which is the highest honor for a museum in the state of Florida. Among other 2019 honors, MIHS was recognized by the Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC) for the expanded exhibit Paradise Found: 6,000 Years of People on Marco Island in which the Key Marco Artifacts are showcased.
MIHS staff members also have received 2019 honors. MIHS Curator of Collections Austin Bell received an appointment as a Consulting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Philadelphia. In addition, Collections Manager Heather Otis was awarded the Southeastern Registrars Association Travel Scholarship for Emerging Professionals to attend the 2019 SEMC conference in Charleston, South Carolina.
According to MIHS Executive Director Pat Rutledge, “We are so proud of our great professional team members as well as our partners and supporters who have made it possible for us to reach for excellence in everything we do in our work to preserve and present the fascinating and important history of our area to residents and visitors from throughout the world.”
The Marco Island Historical Museum is located at 180 S. Heathwood Drive. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 9 AM to 4 PM. Admission is free, and the site is handicapped accessible. For general information, visit www.themihs.org or call 239-642-1440.