Who Made the Everglades?

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Archaeologist at Mound House

Human beings leave their mark wherever they go. That’s true even of swampland, specifically the Everglades. Rachael Kangas, public archaeology coordinator for the Southwest Region of the Florida Public Archaeology Network, will take listeners on a timeline back to the formation of the Everglades for a program at the Mound House on Tuesday, Feb. 12 beginning at 5:30 p.m. with refreshments. The program begins at 6 p.m. the cost is $5 Reservations are required. Call 239-765-0865 for reservations.

People have lived in this unique environment for thousands of years, interacting with the geology, ecology and archaeology of the area. It’s an important resource – and also the source of a great deal of controversy about how those resources should be used.

Kangas, who also is director of the archaeology laboratory at the University of Central Florida, is often in the field at digs and spends the rest of her time on outreach, making archaeology accessible to the public at programs for all ages.

The Mound House is at 451 Connecticut St., Fort Myers Beach. Overflow parking is at 216 Connecticut St.

About Mound House: The oldest structure on Estero Island, the Mound House sits atop a 2,000-year-old shell mound left by the Calusa Indians. A museum on the grounds contains artifacts of these people as well as the later settlers, including Cuban fishermen. Its nearly 3 acres of landscaped, bayfront grounds contain hundreds of native plants and are available for exploring.

Museum Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for students with college ID; $5 for ages 6 to 12; free for children 5 and under. It’s open Tuesday – Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the winter season. For more information, including programs about art of the Calusa, guided tours of the museum, and family kayak trips and others, go to moundhouse.org or call 239-765-0865.