By Natalie Strom
Past, present and future seems to be the theme of the month at the Marco Island Historical Museum. A Collier County museum, MIHM is also supported by the Marco Island Historical Society. Working together, the museum and historical society constantly offer engaging presentations, improvements on exhibits and family fun days. This month is certainly no different.
October 19 will take families into the past for the museum’s Family Archaeology Day. The free event will take place from 11 AM until 2 PM. Visitors will have a chance to sift through ancient sands to uncover archaeological treasures, create unique Calusa Indian masks, learn pottery and bracelet making and watch real-life archaeologists in action.
The museum is also excited to announce two more Calusa mannequins to its exhibit highlighting the culture of ancient inhabitants of Marco Island. The addition of a warrior and Indian chief completes the mannequin display that also features a fisherman, pottery maker and a shaman with an assistant. The figures are not only life-size, but are even more realistic than the creations put out by the famous Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum. So much so, it is almost frightening, but frighteningly beautiful at the same time. The figures, all created by Kodiak Studios Inc., of Brooklyn, New York, have enhanced the still-in-progress Calusa exhibit. The glimpse into the past they provide gives visitors a chance to see how they utilized simple, earthly materials to create everything from clothing to pottery to weapons.
Perhaps the most exciting announcement came by letter to supporters of the museum regarding a traveling exhibition to be displayed at the museum in the relatively far future: March 7, 2015 to April 25, 2015. The Way We Worked, a Smithsonian Exhibition, comes to the museum thanks to the hard work of Marco Island Historical Museum Manager, Lisa Marciano.
According to Marciano’s letter, “The Way We Worked, adapted from an original exhibition developed by the National Archives, explores how work became such a central element in American culture by tracing the many changes that affected the workplace and environments over the past 150 years. This exhibition draws from the Archives’ rich collection to tell this compelling story.”
Past, present and future – the theme isn’t simply a monthly concept. After all, the idea behind museums in general is to represent just that. With all the museum has to offer, it is certainly garnering a reputation as an informative, well-run, creative outlet for those interested in Marco’s history and much, much more.
It is always free to visit the Marco Island Historical Museum, which is closed on Mondays. For more information, call 239-389-6447 and visit www.theMIHS.org.