Admission is FREE but you MUST have an Eventbrite ticket for entry.* FMM members can reserve seats by calling (941) 708-6120.

Please arrive early, by 5:55 PM, unfilled seats will be given to those on wait list. 

*Once building capacity is reached we cannot allow any more people into the building.


Fishing in Florida: Before Columbus
Wednesday, February 12, 2020

6:00 - 7:00 PM               

Presented by Ginessa J. Mahar, Ph.D.

Fishing has a deep history in Florida – thousands of years deep. This presentation provides an overview of the fishing practices employed by Florida’s indigenous inhabitants from the Archaic period (ca. 8,000 years ago) until Spanish contact (ca. 500 years ago). Archaeological insights will focus on everything from small fish camp sites to maritime cities and from tiny fish hooks to massive fish traps, with a focus on how we know what we do about Florida’s ancient fisher folk.


Dr. Ginessa Mahar recently earned her doctorate from the University of Florida. Her dissertation focused on the fishing practices of communities living along the North Florida Gulf coast during the Woodland period (ca. 1000 B.C. – A.D. 1000). Her approach combined archaeological, ethnographic, and experimental methods, including the construction and harvesting of fish weirs in the Gulf of Mexico. Prior to attending UF, Mahar worked for the American Museum of Natural History where she studied ancient fisher-hunter-gatherers of the Georgia coast.

The Florida Women Behind the Everglades
Wednesday, March 18, 2020

6:00 - 7:00 PM               

Presented by Casey Wooster, Curator of the Florida Maritime Museum

“There are no other Everglades in the world.” – Marjory Stoneman Douglas, The Everglades: River of Grass (1947)

Florida women led the way when it came to protecting the Everglades in the early 1900s. At a time when women fought for the vote, women’s clubs and garden clubs led a movement to save the “river of grass.” This lecture will cover the intertwined history of Florida’s conservation and suffragette movements. Join us to hear about the leading ladies who started the drive to save the spaces of the Everglades.

"Cortez Core - why this particular fishing village endures."
Wednesday, April 15, 2020

6:00 - 7:00 PM               

Presented by Karen Bell, A.P. Bell Fish Company

Karen Bell, of A.P. Bell Fish Company and 3rd generation Cortezian, will share her views on what makes Cortez unique and why the community still maintains its position as an active working waterfront. 

Instructors and guest lecturers at the Florida Maritime Museum and Folk School are independent contractors or volunteers whose opinions are not necessarily those of the Manatee County Clerk of Circuit Court and Comptroller, or Manatee County.

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