On November 7th and November 18th at 7 PM the Marco Island Historical Society will host fascinating speakers at Rose History Auditorium, 180 South Heathwood Drive, Marco Island. MIHS members are admitted free and non-members are asked to pay $10. Doors open at 6:30 PM.
In 1521, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon attempted to settle Florida at the mouth of the Caloosahatchee River. While the settlement failed, some of the expedition’s cattle remained. By the 1600s, 20,000 head of cattle supported early Spanish settlements and missions. The story of cattle ranching in Florida reads like a “Wild West” novel, but is still part of the fabric of everyday life in our state.
Join Theresa Schober, manager of the Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch on Tuesday, November 7th for an exciting trip through cattle country as she shares rousing stories of Cattle Barons, rustlers and more.
Come learn about the offshore reefs of Collier county’s coast from one of the two divers on the project. Join Katie Laakonen, Environmental Specialist for the City of Naples, on Tuesday, November 18th as she discusses these 26 new reefs constructed of fossilized coral rock, shell and reef balls in the estuarine waters of Naples Bay.
For a complete list of all of the exciting happenings at the Marco Island Historical Society and Museum please visit www.themihs.org or call 239- 389-6447.