Turtle Island, the creation story of the Calusa people
We will have our second of monthly meetings for partner planning of the people's centennial events and programs. Everyone welcome. If you wish to learn more about partnering for a great centennial year, visit our website:www.charlottecountycentennial2021.com
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2019, 6:30 PM- WINTERGARDEN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Jeff will introduce you to FPAN’s Heritage Monitoring Scouts ProgramHMS Florida. HMS is a public engagement program focused on tracking changes to archaeological sites at risk. The public is encouraged to apply to the program and and receive monthly updates on training and resources available to HMS Florida participants statewide.
Jeff is the regional Director for the Florida Public Archaeology Network FPAN in Tampa. He earned his B.A. in Anthropology and his M.A. in History/Archaeology from the University of West Florida. Prior to joining FPAN, he was a field tech and crew chief with Archaeological Consultants, Inc, Sarasota. Jeff has done underwater archaeology for the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research and was a museum curator for the Florida Maritime Museum in Cortex, Florida
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Seminole Leader Aunt Polly Parker, Shark Scientist Eugenie Clark and Writer Zora Neal Hurston
Sponsored by the Charlotte County Florida Historical Society and Historical Center Society
Think you know about the Calusa? Think again. Now a book that is written for the general reader about an ancient civilization that lived around the Charlotte Harbor for 25 centuries.
Author and founder of the Charlotte Harbor Anthropological Society Ted Ehmann investigated the mound building societies in the Ohio and Mississippi River Valleys for twenty-five years before moving to Port Charlotte. Despite his extensive knowledge of these ancient people, he had heard never heard of mound builders far away in south Florida. Upon moving to Port Charlotte, he set out to find out what he could. What he discovered is the basis for his book. Written for the general reader, Ehmann tells the story of a highly evolved people who successfully adapted to southwestern Gulf coastal environment, Immigrants from Louisiana around 800 BC, the Calusa engaged with the people already settled here. The result was a highly expressive culture that built monumental shell mound complexes, canals and even entire islands. Ehmann also shares how the view of these people have been misunderstood by Florida researchers, and how their conclusions fail to capture what was really the most " important and significant hunter-gathering society in world history."
COMING SOON - The People of the Great Circle, Prehistoric Mound Builders In South Florida, December, 2019, Pineapple Press, a division of Rowman & Littlefield Publishing ISBN 97816833405 22 Available through booksellers everywhere
Educate the public and officials about the significance of the Calusa Indians and the prehistoric cultural resources in the Charlotte Harbor Region, as well as to sponsor:field trips, speakers, events and symposiums.
Foster and encourage ongoing research and publications while promoting public accessibility to historical sites and the published archaeological research.
Be a clearing house for local knowledge of the Calusa and the prehistory and history of the Charlotte Harbor Region.
Develop and make available ongoing educational materials for local schools and community organizations, while encouraging careers in anthropology.
Charlotte County Anthropological Society, Inc. is a non-profit corporation dedicated to educating, the public and the officials about the significant role of the Calusa Indians and the Charlotte Harbor Region in the prehistory and archaeological history of Florida and North America. The region came into notoriety in 1895-1896 when American ethnographer Frank Hamilton Cushing unearthed the first Calusa sites and treasures. Since the mid-twentieth century, interest in this epoch has decreased, leaving a vast number of sites not researched and questions unanswered. Intensive development of the region since the 1980s has further threatened the integrity of the remaining prehistoric resources.
Our membership is composed of professionals and non-professionals who wish to preserve the numerous rich prehistoric cultural sites and resources of the harbor region from the ravishes of exploitation and inadequate public policy and time
We are dedicated to sharing the rich ancient history and history of the 14,000 years of human s living in the Charlotte Harbor area. our new HERITAGE TOURS OF OLD FLORIDA will help develop heritage tourism for our area, which in turn will help us to preserve the remaining archaeological and historic sites for future generations.
Ted Ehmann, President
Gene Dole, Vice President
Michelle O'Connor, Treasurer
Bill Straus, Secretary
Board of Directors