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daughter, Ruth Bryan Owen, became
the first woman to be elected to the
U.S. Congress from Florida.
His granddaughter, Helen Rudd
Brown, twice ran unsuccessfully to be a
U.S. Representative from California.
Walk down to Courthouse Square
and imagine the local school children
excitedly awaiting a speech from a
Then, learn more about the many
celebrities who have passed through little
Fort Myers in its relatively short history.
The Southwest Florida Historical
Society is an all-volunteer non-profit
organization open Wednesday and
Saturday between 9 a.m. and noon and
Wednesday 4 to 7 p.m.
It is located at 10091 McGregor
Boulevard on the campus of the Lee
County Alliance for the Arts. Call 939-
4044 or visit www.swflhistoricalsociety.
org for more information.
The Lee County Black History
Society is located at 1936 Henderson
Avenue, adjacent to the Williams
Academy Museum at Roberto Clemente
Hours for the all-volunteer non-profit
organization are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m .
Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4
p.m. on Saturday.
For more information, call 332-8778
or visit leecountyblackhistorysociety.org.
Sources: Archives of the Southwest
Florida Historical Society, Fort Myers
Press, and britannica.com.
Kids Tag Art To Be
Displayed At Downtown Hotel
In a celebration of art, music walk and local community, Hotel Indigo will host
the first annual Kids Tag Art Showcase on Friday, January 20 from 4 to 7 p.m.
Lee County Kids Tag Art, an educational fundraising program, will display 80
one-of-a-kind front-end license plates created by fifth graders countywide.
Lee County Tax Collector Larry Hart, in partnership with The Foundation for
Lee County Public Schools, offers the program each school year. “We are proud
to have a program that brings businesses, students, families and government
together to increase awareness and support art in education,” said Hart, inviting
the community to show support for art in education.
This event is planned in conjunction with the River District’s Music Walk. The
Ssowcase will give fifth grade students the opportunity to display their art to the
public in open forum fashion at the historic Hotel Indigo with music featuring DJ
Additionally, visitors can enter for a chance to win one of five prizes, such as
Tampa Ray baseball memorabilia or Florida Panther Hockey Tickets. No purchase
Lee County Kids Tag Art benefits the Lee County District School art
classrooms. It is designed to teach children how art is used in commerce, exhibited
by 120-plus specialty license plates in Florida. Funding from business sponsorships
and front-end license plate sales are returned to the participating school’s art
KTA showcase image
Final TGIM To Precede
Fort Myers Film Festival
Throughout the 2016-17 season, Thank God for Indie Movie Mondays (TGIM)
has showcased an array of amazing films. Don’t miss your last opportunity of the
season to help the judges decide which films make the grade for final programming
during the annual festival, held from March 8 to 12.
Take part in the fun on Monday, February 6 at 7 p.m ., featuring guest judges John
Biffar, Tracy Gray and Alex Johnson. Hosted by Eric Raddatz and Melissa DeHaven,
TGIM is a great way to spend a Monday evening. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center
is located at 2301 First Street in the historic downtown Fort Myers River District.
Each Monday in season, audiences and judges watch short indie films and help decide
which movies make it into the Fort Myers Film Festival in March. Filmmakers submit their
works each year, and winners are selected each March. TGIM is a seasonal showcase that
runs from September through February of every year.
The Fort Myers Film Festival is Southwest Florida’s most notable indie movie
showcase and contest. The edgy and fresh programming for the Fort Myers Film Festival
has gotten the attention of a global independent film community. The festival is an
intelligent independent filmmaker’s preferred event to create, unite and showcase the
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Fort Myers Film Festival
photos courtesy SBDAC
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