By Marilyn Honahan
The members of Newcomers Club of Marco Island were entertained at their May monthly meeting by guest speaker, local attorney and historian, Craig Woodward. Craig, an attorney with Woodward Pires and Lombardo, was introduced by the Newcomers Program Co-Chair, Helen McCullough. He grew up in Old Marco moving here with his family in 1968 and has lived here for 44 years.
His father was Marco’s first attorney who began practicing here more than 40 years ago. Craig’s love of history led him to raise $1.1 million to help build Marco Island’s Historical Museum where he was its first president and is currently the Exhibits Chairman. Craig is a most gifted and unselfish gentleman and through his humble, giving, community minded spirit he helps bring the history of Marco Island to light from its early beginning as an Indian Village to the beautiful island which we now call home.
Craig began by explaining how the Cushing Archaeological Expedition of 1895, led by Frank Hamilton Cushing, was responsible for unearthing some of the most significant historical artifacts which have given us some insight into the lives of Marco’s earliest residents, the Calusa Indians.
In addition to the Cushing Expedition helping to show what life was like for the Calusa, Craig also spoke of the early history of the area going back four to five thousand years and of the pioneering families, on to the Deltona development and the Mackle Brothers and the development of Modern Marco.
He gave a most interesting and informative presentation.