History in Motion: Map shows historic Marco sites

How many of you realize that there are two cemeteries on the island? The well-known one is, of course, on Bald Eagle, almost at the intersection with Elkcam Circle. The other one is on private property in the Estates Section of the island. There is a marker to show you where it is, and this brings up the subject of markers in general.

Stop by the Chamber of Commerce and pick up a map of the historic markers all over he island, especially if you are a new visitor or resident. They begin at the northern tip of the island and continue all the way to the south, including things like the old post office, the ferry landing, the site of the Key Marco Cat discovery, Heights Hotel, the fist school and so on. You can have a wonderful time following this tail on a bicycle and learn a lot about our island. Happy New Year!

What’s going on with the Marco museum?

You can “own,” for $100, one of the 720 tiles that will be part of the beautiful 8-by-40-foot mural to grace the outside of the Marco Island History Museum when it opens in early February. The mural, based on by a painting by world-renowned artist Paul Arsenault, depicts life among the Calusa Indians and will be the largest outdoor tile mural based on original art work in North America.

The Marco Island Historical Society is making available all 720 tiles for those wishing to be remembered as part of the museum effort or to commemorate family members and friends. The names of the tile “owners” will be preserved in history forever. Visit theMIHS.org for more details or to make a tile purchase. Checks should be made out to MIHS and sent to P.O. Box 2282 , Marco Island, FL 34146.

Marion Nicolay and Betsy Perdichizzi, of the Marco Island Historical Society, compile this report on a weekly basis for the Eagle. Shirley Beckwith oversees the archiving of photos for MIHS.

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