Port Charlotte, Florida 33948, United States

HEARTLAND OF THE CALUSA INDIANS

Past Events

9/20/2018

7000 year old archaeological site, under water excavation presentation by john mc carthy

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Wintergarden Presbyterian Church

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9/20/2018

7000 year old archaeological site, under water excavation presentation by john mc carthy

John McCarthy is the Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Heritage Assn. and the Historic Spanish Point in Osprey, Florida. John shared the incredible discovery in 2017 by a recreational diver of an Archaic Period village site 20 feet under water in the Gulf, off the Manasota Key in Sarasota County.

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Wintergarden Presbyterian Church

10/9/2018

Ted Ehmann presented new research paper to the Warm Mineral Springs Society in north Port

7: 00 PM - 8:30 PMm

North Port

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10/9/2018

Ted Ehmann presented new research paper to the Warm Mineral Springs Society in north Port

Ehmann's research on clay beds of clays suitable for fired ceramics do not exist in all of south Florida and the western portion of central Florida. Researching the state and federal geological surveys, Ehmann concludes that all the ceramics attributed to aboriginal cultures in our prehistory got their clay or vessels from trade only.

7: 00 PM - 8:30 PMm

North Port

10/18/2018

theresa schober, calusa archaeologist and producer of pbs documentary

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Wintergarden Presbyterian Church

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10/18/2018

theresa schober, calusa archaeologist and producer of pbs documentary

Theresa will bring the Calusa to life in this special presentation based on her forthcoming PBS documentary film on the days when the Calusa first encountered the Spanish explorers on the SW coast of Florida.

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Wintergarden Presbyterian Church

11/15/2018

Gene Dole- The Afar of Ethiopia, Finding "Lucy"

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Wintergarden Presbyterian Church

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11/15/2018

Gene Dole- The Afar of Ethiopia, Finding "Lucy"

Gene will present through words and original photographs, his time in the Afar Desert in Ethiopia in 1973-1974 with an International Research Expedition that found our closest hominid ancestor, Lucy

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Wintergarden Presbyterian Church

11/25/2018

Boat Field Trip to visit the shell ring and mounds at historic spanish point

10: 00 AM. - 4:00 PM

Osprey, Florida

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11/25/2018

Boat Field Trip to visit the shell ring and mounds at historic spanish point

On a beautiful day, we boated up the intercoastal at Venice and docked at the Historic Spanish point. We got the royal tour including the Archaic shell ring, the only one on the west coast, as well as the burial and shell mounds. Lunch at Evie's on the water. A perfect day.

10: 00 AM. - 4:00 PM

Osprey, Florida

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1/2/2019

Ted Ehmann - The People of the Great Circle

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Wintergarden Presbyterian Church

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1/2/2019

Ted Ehmann - The People of the Great Circle

Ted will present a synopsis with illustrations of his book being published in the spring about the mound builders in south Florida. Ehmann's research showed that much of the previous research was biased. New research and the inclusion of other models, revealed that the Calusa and Mayaimi were a unique cultural phenomena and were the most significant of their kind in world prehistory.

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Wintergarden Presbyterian Church

1/17/2019

Archaic Tree Island Sites in the Northern Everglades

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Wintergarden Presbyterian Church

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1/17/2019

Archaic Tree Island Sites in the Northern Everglades

Gulf Coast University professor, William Locascio presented his research of the unique tree island communities at the Wedgeworth Site in the northern everglades

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Wintergarden Presbyterian Church

1/26/2019

Mound Mania Field Trip

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Manatee and Pinellas Counties

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1/26/2019

Mound Mania Field Trip

We explored the Safety Harbor Culture temple mounds around the Great Tampa Bay. Starting with the Portavant Mound in Manatee County, we then travelled to Safety Harbor to view the artifacts, have lunch and climb the temple mound in Phillippe Park.

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Manatee and Pinellas Counties

1/30/2019

Pictures of the Journey, The Life and Times of Wells Moses Sawyer

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Marco Island

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1/30/2019

Pictures of the Journey, The Life and Times of Wells Moses Sawyer

Ted Ehmann presented his new biography of artist/ethnographer Wells Moses Sawyer, best known for his work on the Key Marco Expedition in 1896. Presented to the Marco Island Historical Society at the Museum in Marco Island

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Marco Island

2/21/2019

The Seminole of Florida: Past, Present and Future

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Wintergarden Presbyterian Church

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2/21/2019

The Seminole of Florida: Past, Present and Future

David Scheidecker, the archaeologist for the Seminole Tribe, Florida gave a detailed presentation of the history of Florida's native people and sovereign nation. Showing their roots, trials and their modern-day way-of-life.

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Wintergarden Presbyterian Church

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3/20/2019

The Seminole Wars

6:30 PM - 8:00 P

Wintergarden Presbyterian Church

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3/20/2019

The Seminole Wars

We invite you to listen to live bands play beautiful music in the park. Enjoy the sounds of Laureen Davis and the Kings, and enjoy wine tastings hosted by 5th Ave Wines and Spirits.

6:30 PM - 8:00 P

Wintergarden Presbyterian Church

4/18/2019

Nathan Lawres

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Wintergarden Presbyterian Church

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4/18/2019

Nathan Lawres

We invite you to listen to live bands play beautiful music in the park. Enjoy the sounds of Laureen Davis and the Kings, and enjoy wine tastings hosted by 5th Ave Wines and Spirits.

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Wintergarden Presbyterian Church

5/19/2019

Beach & Cookout- Don Pedro State Park

9 AM - 3 PM

Don Pedro State Park

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5/19/2019

Beach & Cookout- Don Pedro State Park

Day trip to enjoy the private beach and have a cookout at Don Pedro Island State Park. The boat leaves the Cape Haze Marina at  9 am. The beach, only accessible by boat has a picnic pavilion, restrooms and grills. Upon return you may use the showers, pool and jacuzzi at the marina. 

9 AM - 3 PM

Don Pedro State Park

5/23/2019

Our Local Treasures- The Archaeology of Warm Mineral and Little Salt Springs

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Wintergarden Presbyterian Church

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5/23/2019

Our Local Treasures- The Archaeology of Warm Mineral and Little Salt Springs

Steve Koski moved her in the 1980s to dive and research the ancient sinkholes that had been occupied and vsited by Native_americans as far back as 13,000 B.C.. Join Steve as he presents the rich prehistory of these springs, our local treasures. Steve Koski is the Sarasota County archaeologist and the President of the Warm Mineral and Little Salt Springs Archaeological Society. The presentation is free to the public

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Wintergarden Presbyterian Church

Events

06/20/2019

Acts of Unspeakable Violence

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Wintergarden Presbyterian Church

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06/20/2019

Acts of Unspeakable Violence

Ted Ehmann will present his re-evaluation of William Sears' archaeology of an "accident" at the sacred mortuary mound and pond site at Fort Center, in Glade County. Ehmann will show how all the data collected, indicates that a hostile neighbor raided the site and desecrated the sacred mortuary and burial place towards the end of the first century A.D. His presentation will use sound evidence from other non-Florida archaeologist and will show how Sears and his contemporaries, disliked finding  and reporting occurances of  inter-group violence between Native-Americans.

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Wintergarden Presbyterian Church

07/18/2019

Foraging For Food, Edible Plants of SW Florida

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Wintergarden Presbyterian Church

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07/18/2019

Foraging For Food, Edible Plants of SW Florida

Erica Knopf, ecologist and owner of Florida Edible Landscapes will introduce us to the wide variety of edible plants, right here around us many plants that were foraged by the Calusa and the preceeding Archaic Indians for centuries. Knopf received her degrees in ecology from Florida Gulf Coast University and is certified in Permaculture. Her specialty besides "edible landscaping" is the return to  food forest. Knopf will illustrate how since the beginning of time, human have played an essential role in creating and maintaining biological diversity in their respective local ecologies.

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Wintergarden Presbyterian Church

08/13/2019

Tragedy and Survival on the Early 19th Century Florida Gulf Coast

7pm - 8:30pm

Wintergarden Presbyterian Church

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08/13/2019

Tragedy and Survival on the Early 19th Century Florida Gulf Coast

Dr. Uzi Baram, a distinguished professor of anthropology at the New College in Sarasota will present on the heritage of the Black Seminole on the Gulf Coast before 1821. Archaeology is revealing the magnitude of Spanish " La Florida" as a haven of freedom from slavery. From the Apalachicola River in 1816 to the Manatee River in 1821, freedom-seeking people fought for their liberty by use of Florida rivers. Dr. Baram illustrates how research has changed the image of the people known as escaped slaves and how the research creates a new heritage tourism for this part of the Florida peninsula. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of this presentation, members of the Charlotte Harbor Anthropological Society will also attend and participate. This unique presentation speaks to how archaeology effects the historical narrative. 

7pm - 8:30pm

Wintergarden Presbyterian Church