For many years, professional archaeologists believed that the North American continent was discovered by travelers from Asia across the "land bridge" in the Bering Straits, and the date of these migrations was placed around 13,000 B.C.
Evidence for this was a weapon point discovered in New Mexico with remains of the animals slaughtered by the weapon-bearer.
These Clovis points have now been disputed by new research, which suggests that people may have arrived along the lower coast of our continent and they have pushed the horizon back to 20,000 B.C.
What's new at the Historical Society? — In honor of Florida Archaeology Month, the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve will host the Southwest Florida History and Archaeology Festival on March 24. The third annual festival will feature a presentation by renowned archaeologist Dr. Randolph Widmer, in addition to portrayals of local historic figures, a variety of hands-on activities and guided walks along an ancient shell mound and pioneer settlement.
Admission to the Southwest Florida History and Archaeology Festival is $5 for adults and free for members and kids 12 and younger.
Space on the tours is limited and registration is recommended. For more information, or to register, visit www.rookerybay.org or call 417-6310.
The Marco Historical Players Presentation No. 1 will be at 11 a.m. at Tommie Barfield Elementary (Betsy Perdichizzi), Capt. Bill Collier (Lee Lindberg) and Deaconess Bedell (Marion Nicolay) in the auditorium.
Presentation No. 2 will be at 2:15 in the auditorium: Lida Burnham (Eleanor Burnham), Hazel Pettit Griffin (Evelyn Case) and Barron Gift Collier (Jerry Masters).
A museum for Marco Island — Community spirit abounded at the Spring Appraisal Faire on March 3 as Marco Island Boy Scout Troop 234, Interact Club of Lely High School and Cadets from the Civil Air Patrol pitched in to park cars, set up and tear down. They joined 100 volunteers who worked at various tasks through out the day to raise money for the museum.
Thanks go to our distinguished volunteer appraisers: Wes Cowan, Ken Farmer, Nan Chisholm, Denise and Michael Joyce, Carol Pier and Anna Yamanis Carte and to the Appraisal Faire Sponsors: Wachovia, Hammock Bay Golf & Country Club, Prudential, Florida WCI Realty and Gulfshore Life. Together this community will build the museum.
Marion Nicolay and Betsy Perdichizzi of the Marco Island Historical Society are compiling this report on a weekly basis for the Eagle. Shirley Beckwith oversees the archiving of photos for MIHS.