Historical Society Celebrates Holidays with 25th Holiday Open House


A special treat awaits those who visit the Estero Island Historical Society’s Holiday Open House this Saturday, Dec 10 from 2-5pm. Not only will there be punch, baked goods, festive decorations and holiday hospitality, but there will also be a new display of the history of Estero Island.

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Panel showing the 1960’s on Estero Island.

Working for nine months on the project, A.J. Bassett has completed, just in time for the 25th Holiday Open House, a “windows” project that depicts island history in an easy to follow format. About a year ago, seeking to find a way to share more historical information in the small cottage, Bassett decided that the windows would be the best display area. Working with Gary Campbell and Carolyn George at the Print Shop Ink, a series of display posters were crafted and are now in place. The posters begin just inside the cottage entrance with the Calusa Indians and wind along the walls to the Fisherfolk, Pirates, Seminoles, Early Settlers/Homesteaders, Koreshans, 1920’s to the 2000’s with a special World War II panel. The panels tie in with the displays in the cottage. Look for the wool bathing suits of the 20’s and the mannequin displaying clothing of the Koreshans and the Calusa shells used as tools.

Historical Society, A.J. Bassett,
Penny Brown shown here with some of the baked goods from last year’s Open House.
Historical Society Celebrates Holidays with 25th Holiday Open House
Historic Cottage plaque gives history of the cottage. Photos by Missy Layfield.

Limited only by window space, not knowledge, as Bassett and the members of the EIHS are experts on local history, the display is a compact summary of island history that residents and visitors will find interesting. The Holiday Open House gives Islanders the chance to learn a little bit about our little patch of sand, while enjoying some holiday cheer. Don’t miss it!

Saturday, December 10, 2016