EVERGLADES CITY — More than one hundred and sixty visitors passed through the doors of the old Everglades City Museum, but more than two hundred were in attendance for the Celebration event.
It was a dual celebration for the community that commemorated 83 years since the completion of the Tamiami Trail or US 41, and thirteen years of operation of the Everglades City Museum, depicting the history of the community, its people, industry and heritage.
Museum Director Timothy England states that the Museum was a mission of one of the city’s oldest civic groups, the Everglades Women’s Club.
After many years of various business uses the ladies used the building as a meeting house. In the late nineteen eighties they donated the building for use as a museum, after a monumental effort of the community itself in Tallahassee, and assistance form Everglades city, Collier County and other agencies of the state, it was established.
The anniversary of the museum coincides with that of the Tamiami Trail project completion in the area. The annual celebration event was open to all.
In addition to the museum and its many exhibits the crowd was treated to a storytelling and question and answer session with some of the senior members of the community, who told of life in the City.
There was also free food and entertainment by Everglades City singer and songwriter Raiford Starke.
The event kicked of with the arrival of several cars from the Naples and Marco Antique Cars Association, which traveled the old US 41 route to Everglades City and the museum.