The Barrier Island Parks Society, in cooperation with Lee County Parks and Recreation summer day camps, hosted Edward Winn as he presented his soon-to-be released book, “Gone but not Forgotten Mighty Calusa Indians.” The presentation will be held in the Boca Grande Community Center on Wednesday, June 5 at 10 a.m.
“Gone but not Forgotten Mighty Calusa Indians” is meticulously illustrated by Merald Clark. Clark has worked closely with Dr. William Marquardt at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville. Winn considers his book a tribute to Clark, whom he refers to as a “genius of an artist.”
The story is told through two imaginary children named Tom and Suzy who travel back to the time when the Calusa Indians lived for 2,000 years on southwest Florida’s coast. According to Winn, the book was written at the request of two local women who want children to understand the history of who lived on our beautiful coast and how they survived. These women are Ms. Eva Johnson, manager of the Port Boca Grande Lighthouse Museum and Ms. Thelma Proctor, park services specialist with the Gasparilla Island State Park.
Winn has authored several books including: “Florida’s Great King, King Carlos of the Calusa Indians” available at the Port Boca Grande Lighthouse Museum, and seven other titles from “Florida’s Prehistoric Animals” to “… And the Blood Sank into the Earth, The Story of the Three Seminole Wars.”
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