Sunday, December 5, 2021

Now at the Marco Island Historical Museum

Pirates say, ‘Arrrrrrrrrrr!’ SUBMITTED photoS

Pirates say, ‘Arrrrrrrrrrr!’ SUBMITTED photoS

By Coastal Breeze News Staff

History buffs are never at a loss when it comes to things to do and programs to see at the Marco Island Historical Museum (MIHM) and Rose History Auditorium.

After his highly successful Jan. 13 program with John Ruthven, renowned wildlife artist and conservationist John Agnew has generously allowed his work to remain on display at MIHM until mid-February.

Agnew’s career began in natural history museums and zoos where he designed amazing exhibits, produced illustrations, and painted murals and dioramas in the US and as far away as Moscow. His paintings now hang in collections around the world and have also been exhibited by the US State Department in US Embassies around the world.

If you were unable to attend the opening of this fantastic exhibit, make sure you don’t miss this second chance

Work of wildlife artist andconservationist John Agnew.

Work of wildlife artist andconservationist John Agnew.

to see and purchase Agnew’s works. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of his art will benefit the Marco Island Historical Society.

If you are looking for a more family-friendly event at MIHM, then head there this Saturday, Jan. 24, 10 AM-2 PM, for the Third Annual Pirate Day.

The event is open to the public at no cost and includes pirate-themed crafts, face painting, pirate games and treasure hunts. Come join the museum’s motley crew for an adventure into Florida’s pirate past. Attendees are encouraged to dress as pirates, solve the puzzles, and pick the right key to win some treasure from “Captains Blood’s Treasure Chest.” There will be food and drink stations, and the museum will be open.

For the more scientifically-minded Marco Island, join Ronald J. Echols, PhD, for his program entitled “On

The Pirate Princess shares her pet snake with children at the 2013 Pirate Day.

The Pirate Princess shares her pet snake with children at the 2013 Pirate Day.

the Origin of the High, Elliptical Sand Rim Around Barfield Bay,” Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 7 PM.

This presentation comes on the heels of one recently given by Echols’ colleague Dr. Michael Sararese, which focused on “The Influence of Climate Change and Sea Level Rise on the Southwest Florida Coast.” The two men have been researching some of the perplexing geological and ecological phenomena currently being witnessed in our very own backyard.

Specifically, Echols has been studying the high, elliptical, sand rim around Barfield Bay, which is shared by Marco Island and Horr’s Island. The height, continuity and most importantly, the elliptical shape of the Barfield Bay sand rim defy simple geological explanations.

Prior explanations of the rim as a dune field may be true, but do not explain the elliptical shape. Perhaps the rim is a collection

Ronald J. Echols, PhD

Ronald J. Echols, PhD

of sand dunes shaped by an underlying limestone solution basin. The existence of such a limestone depression is plausible but not documented. On the other hand, some investigators have compared Barfield Bay to the enigmatic Carolina “Bays” elliptical sand-rimmed depressions that dot the southeastern coastal plain north of Florida where they number in the hundreds of thousands.

Dr. Echols will review current research results on the Barfield Bay sand rim and compare the pros and cons of alternative interpretations for its formation. He also will discuss future research that may achieve a definitive interpretation of this mysterious Marco Island formation.

The program is free for MIHS members and $5 for non-members.

The MIHM is open from Tuesday-Saturday, 9 AM-4 PM. For more information about any current or future programs or exhibits at the museum or Rose History Auditorium, call 239-642-1440 or visit



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