UPCOMING Events

Event Details

Event Details

12/12/2019

7pm - 8:30pm

Wintergarden Presbyterian Church

Event Details

12/12/2019

  

THE FASCINATING MILITARY HISTORY OF SW FLORIDA: From Fort Ogden to Punta Gorda AAF

Gary Butler will take you on a journey of the fascinating military history here in Southwest Florida. Using primary sources with vintage photographs, he will tell the story from the First Seminole War to the important airfields which trained our pilots during both world wars.

                   

African-American Union soldiers at Fort Myers, Civil War

Gary will bring to life the days when Arcadia was called the “Aviation Capital of Florida” training pilots in two wars, including the British RAF. The Buckingham AAF gunnery school in Fort Myers and later the Sarasota, Venice and Punta Gorda were responsible for training the lion’s share of bomber pilots for WW II. Included will be letters written by cadets on life on these airfields. Of course, he will share a wealth of vintage photographs. You won’t want to miss this important presentation.

GARY BUTLER

Gary Butler has over thirty-five years as an executive with non-profit organization. He joined the Military Heritage Museum, as Executive Director in May of 2018. Prior he served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Boy Scouts of America in Irving TX.

7pm - 8:30pm

Wintergarden Presbyterian Church

HISTORIC BARTOW FIELD TRIP

NEW 19th AMENDMENT EXHIBIT-POLK COUNTY HISTORY CENTER

By 1900, the once wilderness town at the source of the Peace River, overnight became the biggest city in south Florida. Cattle and the phosphate mining helped to bring wealth and propsperity to Bartow, the County seat. Our tour will view the multiple exhibits in the Polk County History Center, the beautiful 1908 courthouse. Later we will tour the historic L.B. Brown house the home of a prominent African-American
Builder. As well as the 1920 Wonder House an architectural marvel undergoing restoration. Besides the many great permanent exhibits housed in the beautiful 1908 court house, there is a wonderful and popular World WarI exhibit on for 2020, a brand new exhibit on the passing of the 19th Amendment,The right for women to vote and its 100th anniversary on August 20, 2020.

Frebruary is African-American History Month. L.B. Brown and his historic Victorian house is not only a Polk County treasure but a rare Florida African-American History landmark. Our guided tour after lunch will give you an intimate view of a famous Floridian who despite the racism, Jim Crow laws and the KKK, became one of Florida’s most prominent citizens. Lunch will be at Sonny's BBQ, Bartow ( not included in price)
Trip is being sponsored by the Charlotte County Florida Historical Society. Tour bus provided by All-around Travel.
$50. society members, $75 non-members, Deadline for reservations and payments January 14, 2020, For more information call (732) 740-5055

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