• Foraging for foods, the edible plants in South Florida

    Wintergarden Presbyterian Church

    Finally, a topic you can sink your teeth into! Ecologist and owner of Editable Landscapes, Erica Klopf will present the edible plants eaten by the Calusa, as well as for teas. Erica uses the ancient knowledge of plant foods in our region and brings it forward to today's uses. Foragers of all ages welcome. Bring all your senses, including taste, touch and smell to this very special evening.

  • 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

  • The Rosewood Massacre

    Wintergarden Presbyterian Church

    A very special evening with Edward Gonzalez-Tennant, author of The Rosewood Massacre: An Archaeological History of Intersectional Violence. This is part of our society's Centennial Celebration Lecture Series, and commemorates the publishing of a paperback version of Mr. Gonzalez-Tennants's book. The Rosewood massacre was a racially motivated massacre of black people and destruction of a black town that took place during the first week of January 1923 in rural Levy County, Florida. At least six black people and two white people were killed, though eyewitness accounts suggested a higher death toll of 27 to 150. The town of Rosewood was destroyed, in what contemporary news reports characterized as a race riot. Racial disturbances were common during the early 20th century in the United States, reflecting the nation's rapid social changes. Florida had an especially high number of lynchings of black males in the years before the massacre, including a well-publicized incident in December 1922. This event is being shared with the membership and guests of the Charlotte County Florida Historical Society. More to come.

  • 2nd Annual Columbus Day Field Trip to Historic Spanish Point

    Historic Spanish Point


    We will meet at Venice Marina, 990 LaGuna Drive, Venice at 10 a.m. Board our boat for a trip to Old Spanish Point Historical Site. On the way we will probably view dolphins. Ted Ehmann will discuss the prehistory of the Archaic Indians who lived there. He will focus on feasting and how debt played an essential role for the organization and economy of the indigenous people. We dock at the site, where we will have a guided tour of the burial mound and the ancient shell ring. We will visit the early and late settler sites of historic significance as well.Also known as the Palmer Site, it is one of over a dozen Archaic sites in Florida. On our way back, we dock at Evie's Spanish Point for a great lunch. Cost: Members $35., Non-Members $50. Trip is open to members of the Anthropological Society, as well as the Historical Society. and their guests.

  • The Archaeology of the Columbus Landing in the New World

    Wintergarden Presbyterian Church

    Charlotte Harbor Anthropological Society board member and archaeologist Kathy Gerace will present a program on her research at our October 17th meeting. For nearly 500 years there was controversy among scholars and lay people over the exact location of Columbus’s first landfall on his maiden voyage in 1492. A review of historic documents, maps, and descriptive photos will be discussed to show why there were numerous theories. The significance of more finds cannot be overstated, as it provides further proof that the island of San Salvador was the location of Columbus’s first landfall in the New World. Kathy Gerace holds an MS degree in anthropology/ archaeology from Michigan State University. It was meeting the Executive Director of the field station at San Salvadore, Dr. Donald Gerace, that led to their marriage and Kathy becoming the Assistant Director of the field station. Over the years, the field station grew to provide a venue for scientific studies and research for over 100 colleges and universities from the US, Canada, and Europe. In 1988, the CCFL divested their interest in the field station and the Geraces formed a non-profit Bahamian corporation named the Bahamian Field Station (BFS). Knowing that they couldn’t live forever, the Geraces gave the BFS to the College of the Bahamas (COB) in 2003, and it was renamed the Gerace Research Centre (GRC). When the COB became the University of the Bahamas (UB), the GRC became one of their campuses and continues to provide accommodations, lab and field equipment, and all types of logistical support for professors, students, and scientific researchers in the disciplines of archaeology, biology, geology, and the marine sciences. Although Dr. Gerace passed away in 2016, Kathy serves as a life-long member of the GRC’s Board of Directors, and is in almost daily contact with the GRC’s Executive Director and Business Manager as an advisor. She continues to make regular trips to the GRC, and is in the process of writing a detailed history of the GRC. This meeting is open to the members of the Charlotte County Florida Historical Society.

  • The People of the Great Circle

    The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature

    I will be presenting my new book, The People of the Great Circle at the museum's December 2019 "Think and Drink" bishopscience.org/events At The Bishop. Our monthly think drink (science) program transforms the Bishop Planetarium into a theater of discussion where you can grab a beer, glass of wine or a soft drink and learn about science in a relaxed, informal setting that offers plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion.