Monday, December 22, 2014

Melissa Timo - Navigating The Big Water

LABELLE, FL. -- Florida Public Archaeology Network Coordinator for Southwest Florida Melissa Timo will present a special program, Navigating the Big Water, at the third of the 2014/2015 Special Speaker Programs made possible byLaBelle Heritage Museum's collaboration with the Clewiston Museum in its two year grant bringing special programs to both Clewiston and LaBelle. 

The LaBelle program will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at LaBelle City Hall, 481 West Hickpochee Avenue (State Road 80). The presentation is open to the public, and attendees are reminded that entry is at the rear of City Hall.

Pictures of historic paddlewheel steamboats usually conjure up thoughts of the mighty Mississippi River or Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. It may come as a surprise, but steamboats also played a very important role in the early development of Florida. The transportation of goods and people on the frontier peninsula oft times occurred on rivers and lakes. Miss Timo’s presentation will reflect a picturesque history of this bygone steamboat era using Maritime Archeology on the CaloosahatcheeRiver and Lake Okeechobee. Miss Timo is no stranger to regular attendees of LaBelle Heritage Museum's own monthly program meetings; most recently was her program on historic cemeteries and the care of their graves.

Miss Timo is the Florida Public Archeology Network (FPAN) Outreach Coordinator for the Southwest Region, which includes Lee, Collier, Glades, and Hendry Counties. She has worked as an archeologist for thirteen years and done extensive research on the short –lived Spanish settlement that was established by Tristan de Luna at Pensacola Bay in 1559.

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