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.

Please save the date of Sunday, February 15, 2015 for the BSHS 5th Annual Fish Fry. The Old Fashioned Fish Fry will be from 12 noon – 2 pm at the Liles Hotel at Riverside Park on Old US41. Co-sponsored by the Bonita Springs Lions Club.

Join the Bonita Springs Historical Society for this a FUN Fundraiser with freshly prepared fish, delicious sides & dessert!

$15/adult at the door 

$12/adult advance purchase available at the Lions Club Thrift Store

$5/ages 10 and under

Fresh Fried Fish/Baked Beans/Cole Slaw/Hush Puppies

Ice Cream & Cookies

On the plaza of the historic Liles Hotel rain or shine. Proceeds to benefit the BSHS.

Please save the date of March 11, 2015 for the BSHS Spring Luncheon at Spanish Wells. See below for more info and reservation form!

Or CLICK HERE for Luncheon Reservation form.pdf

The Bonita Springs Historical Society will hold its annual fundraising luncheon on Wednesday, March 11, 2015. Doors open at 11:00 am; lunch served at noon in the Grand Ballroom of the Spanish Wells Golf & Country Club.

"Moonshine in the Sunshine" -"Gulpin' on the Gulf" will have a Roaring Twenties theme. In addition to a delicious lunch, the event will include raffle prizes and a dynamic speaker who will highlight Southwest Florida's unique culture of the 1920's-1930's: rum-running, bootlegging, speakeasies, corruption, and more.

Luncheon tickets ($55 each) will be available after January 1 through the Bonita Springs Historical Society. For more information, call 239-992-6997, or send an email

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!

Sabine Van Dam was one of the “Hidden Children.”

On Friday, February 20 at 7 p.m. “Hidden Stories” is the topic. Sometimes historic events and actions are intentionally hidden. A lot of people still do not know the story of the “Hidden Children” of World War II.

Many Jewish families trying desperately to save the lives of their children gave them to non-Jewish families to care for and raise until the war ended. Many of these children never saw their families again and many were never told the secret of their Jewish heritage. Our February guest, Sabine Van Dam, is one of these “Hidden Children.”

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.


Invitation to the BSHS 2015 Fundraiser Luncheon



The 2015 fundraiser luncheon will take place on March 11 at the Spanish Wells Country Club on Bonita Beach Road. Donation is $55 per person with pre-paid Reservations. Scroll down to print the Reservation Form and see the menu. You can reserve a place for a few people or a table for eight or ten.

Doors open at 11:00AM to preview the raffle items and socializing. This is not a dry event! Lunch is served at 12-Noon.

Crowd pleaser David Southall plans lively entertainment with “Moonshiners Bootleggers and Rumrunners” tales of old Florida which men and women are sure to enjoy!

Here’s David in Moonshine clothin’ settin’ near his make believe still. Join the fun and wear South Florida period dress if it pleases you. Be a flapper, moonshiner, revenuer, or a consumer.

A delicious menu is offered for every taste. RESERVE EARLY this is usually a sell-out event!

Thank you for your donation. One hundred percent of your donation supports the Society’s efforts to obtain, preserve & display historical artifacts from our immediate area and inform the public of our heritage.  As a 501(c) (3)  not for profit  organization, a portion of your donation is tax deductible.

The Bonita Springs Historical Society, Inc. is registered with the Florida Department of Consumer Services, Registration # CH-31945 A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free (800-435-73520) within the State. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the State.

CLICK ON BELOW for PDF of Luncheon Reservation Form:

(Should mailed to the BSHS by March 1st)

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

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

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