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All people of any age or background interested in the prehistoric inhabitants of Charlotte County and the archaeology of Charlotte Harbor inland should join. Meet people with similar interests for socializing, field trips and guest speakers. Members will be invited to join the Charlotte Harbor Anthropological Society, the sixteenth local chapter of the Florida Anthropological Society forming this fall.

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Tragedy and Survival on the early 19th-century Floida Gulf Coast

Wintergarden Presbyterian Church

Dr. Uzi Baram, a distinguished professor of anthropology at the New College in Sarasota will present on the heritage of the Black Seminole on the Gulf Coast before 1821. Archaeology is revealing the magnitude of Spanish " La Florida" as a haven of freedom from slavery. From the Apalachicola River in 1816 to the Manatee River in 1821, freedom-seeking people fought for their liberty by use of Florida rivers. Dr. Baram illustrates how research has changed the image of the people known as escaped slaves and how the research creates a new heritage tourism for this part of the Florida peninsula. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of this presentation, members of the Charlotte Harbor Anthropological Society will also attend and participate. This unique presentation speaks to how archaeology effects the historical narrative. CHAS members, note the time. Evening begins at 7:00 PM.

Pirates and plantations Field Trip

1805 Tamiami Trail


Join the members of the new Charlotte County Florida Historical Society for a summer doldrums field trip. Think of it as "Pirates of the Caribbean" meets "Gone with the Wind". We will have a wonderful day with a guided tour in the beautiful ( air conditioned )Tampa Bay History Center on the Riverwalk, downtown Tampa. Tampa Bay, now an international port city, had its meager beginning with Charlotte Harbor in the[masked]s competing for the Cuban cattle trade. We ended up getting the cattle trade, but they got everything else. We will take most the day there and have our lunch at the Colombian Café before driving to The Gamble Mansion, Plantation and Confederate Memorial. We have a presentation by historian professor Diane Wallman on the Gamble site for the historical society on September 10th at the Wintergarden Presbyterian Church. You can make your reservation by paypal to: bill straus (732)[masked], or mail a check to The Charlotte County Florida Historical Society, 749 Merrick Lane NW Port Charlotte FL 33948

The Afar of Ethiopia, Finding "Lucy"

North Port Community United Church of Christ

Charlotte Harbor Anthropological Society, Vice President, Gene Dole will talk and show pictures of his participation in the[masked] International Afar Research Expedition which resulted in the finding of "Lucy", the most complete skeleton for 90% of human evolution. Join Gene for the 44th anniversary of one of the most important discoveries of the 20th Century. A truly great and engaging presentation of one of anthropologies greatest finds.

Love Letters

Wintergarden Presbyterian Church

Archaeologist Eric Prendergast, South Florida University takes you on an incredible journey. Recent excavations in downtown Tampa, found a jar of love letters in a turn-of-the-century sewer trench. Each of the many letters were intact, fully legible, and filled with yearning. Join Eric for his research into the lovers. It was soon discovered that they were all written to the Captain of famed turn-of-the-century American archaeologist Clarence Bloomfield Moore, who had his own steam ship and crew for his excavations on the Florida Gulf Coast and the Southeastern United States. "The best informative and human presentation I have seen in years". Ted Ehmann

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Foraging for foods, the edible plants in South Florida

Wintergarden Presbyterian Church

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