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Historical view

Cape Coral’s museum reopens for season

September 5, 2014
By JIM LINETTE ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The Cape Coral Historical Museum at Cultural Park reopened this week after its two-month summer hiatus and curator Anne Cull has been busy lining up a number of interesting guests and programs for the Cape Coral Historical Society monthly meetings.

Cull and her team of volunteers spent the summer sprucing up the displays that needed attention and searching for Seminole artifacts to go on display in the museum's new Native American Room to be opened in the near future.

"It's an ongoing process," said Cull.

Article Photos

Michael Pistella

Inside one of the three Cape Coral Historical Museum buildings with items from a replica of a Florida cracker house.

The museum is open to the public 1-4 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Admission is a $5 donation for adults and $2 for children. Museum members and the public is always invited to the Historical Society's monthly meetings at 2:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the Cultural Park Theater.

One of the first major program topics for the October meeting is the sinking of the Spanish Galleon Atocha by an author who wrote a book on the subject.

"We have some of the coins from the Atocha," said Cull. "They are not always on display, but we will display them for a time in January."

Cull said the society's annual bus trip this season will be to the Henry Flagler Museum on Florida's east coast in January.

The society was created to preserve the history of Cape Coral and its original meeting place was the clubhouse at the Cape Coral Country Club. It moved into a multi-functional building at Four Freedoms Park in 1977 until it changed locations again to the present Cultural Park site in 1983. It now occupies three buildings - the Rosen Building, the Gulf American Building and the Kelly Building.

The museum has a group of master gardeners on site every second Wednesday of the month that are available for tours of the museum and Rose Garden and learn about native plants.

The Cape Coral Garden Club tends to the Rose Garden's needs on a volunteer basis.

Cull also is finalizing details for the annual Christmas Show that the Cultural Park Theater puts together for the museum each December.

There's also a celebration of Veterans Day with visits by a number of World War II veterans.

The Museum's annual fundraising gala comes along in March.

"It's a very busy fall and winter season for us," said Cull.

For more information on the museum, upcoming programs or to volunteer call 239-772-7037.



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