Bonita Springs Historical Society, Inc.



From November to April, our regular meetings include:

Board Meeting, 10 am, every First Monday of month at Society Headquarters on South Riverside Dr. All members are welcome to attend.

General Membership Meeting, 10 am, every Third Monday of month at Liles Hotel in Riverside Park on Old US41.

Bonita Springs Historical Society 2014 Speakers Series - see below

January 17, 2014Wacky Florida 

February 7, 2014Looking for Angola   

March 7, 2014Ditch of Dreams  

The Bonita Springs Historical Society and Lions Club present the

4th annual old fashioned fish fry to benefit the historic McSwain House

Sunday, February 16, 2014  12pm - 2pm

Freshly prepared local fish, delicious sides & dessert. Musical entertainment on the plaza of the historic Liles Hotel in Riverside Plaza - rain or shine.

Advance ticket sales at the Liles Hotel & Lions Club Thrift Store $12 per person children under 12 years old $5. Tickets at the door on Sunday $15 per person

Please see February Newsletter for more details.

Important Notice:                                      

Party in the Everglades - UPDATE

The Party in the Everglades, originally planned for March 15th will be held later in March so that our fundraiser is not competing with large events already planned next door at Riverside Park. Unfortunately, we did not receive the events schedule until recently, so the board agreed to move our Wonder Gardens date forward. The good news is that Daylight Saving time allows for better viewing of the gardens and birds into the early evening and since we will be outside, our Florida weather should be more comfortable later in March. We will announce the new date ASAP.

Bonita Springs Historical Society 2014 Speakers Series

The Bonita Springs Historical Society will be digging into history with its 2014 Speakers Series. While archeologists literally dig to discover long lost or forgotten chapters of history, other historians dig through documents, maps, newspapers, and letters to try to paint a picture of times past. The job of the Bonita Springs Historical Society is to unbury some of those forgotten chapters.   


7:00pm Lions Club 


January 17, 2014Wacky Florida 

February 7, 2014Looking for Angola   

March 7, 2014Ditch of Dreams  

WHERE:Lions Club of Bonita Springs, 10322 Pennsylvania Avenue (off Old 41)

WHO:Jane Whitehead, Speaker Series chairman, 239-390-2092

The Bonita Springs Historical Society invites one and all to its 2014 Speakers Series, Digging Into History. 

On Friday, January 17:  Florida’s Wacky History - Eliot Kleinberg, well known columnist for the Palm Beach Post, will prove that Florida history is often as wacky as it is fascinating and astonishing. As Kleinberg digs into Florida history, he will also make the case that history is more than a collection of amusing stories; history matters. 

On Friday, February 7: Dr. Uzi Baram, professor of archaeology and cultural anthropology at the New College of the University of South Florida in Sarasota will talk about his experiences in Looking For Angola. Angola, an almost forgotten 1800’s community of former enslaved Africans and Seminole Indians, was located along the Manatee River on Florida’s west coast. The settlement was destroyed and vanished from memory. Who were these people and what became of them? Dr. Baram led the team that dug for the answers.

On Friday, March 7: Dr. Steven Noll, senior lecturer at the University of Florida, Gainesville and an enthusiastic believer that history can be entertaining as well as intellectually stimulating, will take us on a journey of twists and turns in this bizarre story of the effort to dig a canal across Florida, The Ditch of Dreams. A subtitle for this project might have been What Were They Thinking?  

For more information, contact Jane Whitehead, 239-390-2092

Come join us.   

The Speakers Series is free and open to the public. 

Society office phone number is (239) 992-6997.

Mailing address:  PO Box 3015, Bonita Springs, FL 34133

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