Bonita Springs Historical Society, Inc.



Board Meeting, 10 am, every First Monday of month at Liles Hotel in Riverside Park on Old US41. All members are welcome to attend.

From October to May, our regular meetings include:

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

Thanks to the Lions Club and all who made the February 15, 2015 BSHS 5th Annual Fish Fry as Sold Out Event. Great weather, great food, and great fun!

Thanks to all our sponsors, workers, attendees and speaker David Southall who made our March 11, 2015 for the BSHS Spring Luncheon at Spanish Wells a Sold Out event! "Moonshine in the Sunshine" -"Gulpin' on the Gulf" was a BIG success!

Bonita Springs Historical Society

2015 Speakers Series

The Bonita Springs Historical Society continues the very popular presentations!

Uncovering Hidden History   

(from Spotlight Magazine)

By Jane Whitehead

Bonita Springs Historical Society

Out of sight can be out of mind. History can be hidden for many reasons. Our speakers this year will talk about historic places and events that are removed from us by physical distance, by intentional acts or simply by the passage of time. Join us as we uncover these hidden things.

The Bonita Springs Historical Society Speakers Series, free and open to the public, takes place at the Bonita Springs Lions Club, 10346 Pennsylvania Avenue in Bonita Springs.

On Friday, January 16th. Jim Sernovitz spoke about “Hidden Places” in Florida to a full room and was well received. Thanks Jim!

On Friday, February 20 at 7 p.m. “Hidden Stories” with Sabine Van Dam informed and moved the full room!


Theresa Schober will speak about Mound Key, hidden in plain sight in Estero Bay.

On Friday, March 20 at 7 p.m. we’ll learn about a place “Hidden by Time”. Mound Key is where the new and old worlds collided. Sometimes we are separated from history by the passage of time. Layer upon layer builds up covering civilizations until they are nearly forgotten. Such is the story of Mound Key, the Calusa capital in Estero Bay.

Theresa Schober, an authority on the Calusa civilization will take us on a tour of remnants of elevated mounds and ridges, sculpted canals and watercourts, reminders of the once thriving Calusa society in today’s southwest Florida landscape.

Theresa Schober is an archaeologist and cultural resource consultant working in south Florida since 1998. She directed the restoration and exhibit development at Mound House and Newton Park on Fort Myers Beach. She serves as vice president of the Florida Anthropological Society and of the Archaeological Research Cooperative. Theresa is also Executive Producer of a forthcoming documentary film about the Calusa capital of Mound Key.

Theresa is also co-curator of ArtCalusa: Reflections on Representation. The wonderful exhibit is currently showing at the Collier County Museum until March 31. She plans to have some of the excellent ArtCalusa companion books for sale at our March 20th meeting. Click here for exhibit information.


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

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

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