The Historic Cottage will be open again soon on Saturdays from 10-12.

Open House A Success

Over 100 people visited our Holiday Open House on December 21. This was the first time the Historic Cottage was open to the public since 2020. Refreshments were served, and a tribute was made to honor those who passed away this year including our Curator, AJ Bassett, Preserve President Tom Myers, and community activist Bill Semmer.

This was also the launch day for our new book, Lost Icons of Fort Myers Beach. EIHS president and author of the book, Ellie Bunting, was available to sign the books for visitors.

The 600 copies that were in the initial print run sold out quickly, but a new shipment has just arrived. The book can be purchased through our Shopify Store by clicking here. 

Blessing of the Fleet Returns March 10

On March 10, the Estero Island Historic Society will co-sponsor the Blessing of the Fleet with St. Raphael's Church.This ceremony was first held in 1952 and became part of the Shrimp Festival the next year.

Rev. Michael Rowe will conduct a short service of prayer and songs beginning at 11 AM on Sunday, March 10.

Afterwards, he will walk along the docks and individually bless each boat that is in port.

St. Raphael's Church will be selling their famous peel and eat shrimp after the Blessing.

The Blessing will be held at the Erickson and Jenson Shrimp Docks on Main Street. Follow the signs.


Three Public Meetings Planned

On January 8, 2024, members and friends of the EIHS enjoyed a fascinating presentation by Alexandria Edwards of the Edison and Ford Winter Estates about Edison and Ford: Two Giants Who Helped Shape Southwest Florida. Thanks to the Mound House for hosting this meeting.

Please join us in late February and mid-March to learn more about local and regional history. Admission to all Public Meetings is free of charge. Donations are welcomed.

Monday, February 26, 2024, 2 p.m.

The America's Cup and The Civil War - The Remarkable Story of a Famous Racer-Turned-Combat Ship in Florida

Presented by Robert N. Macomber, Historian and Award-winning Author.

It's a little-known story behind one of the nation's most famous ships and her unlikely role in the Civil Warin Florida — for both sides. 

In this presentation, Robert Macomber speaks about where this ship operated during the war, her long and diverse life afterward, and her ultimate strange demise

Robert Macomber is a multi-award winning author, internationally acclaimed lecturer, former Dept. of Defense consultant, commentator for TV and film, adventurous expedition leader, and accomplished seaman. He was named “2020 Florida Writer of the Year” by the Florida Writers Association.

Robert is best known for the 17 novels completing his “Honor Series”, popular maritime thrillers that describe the life and career of his protagonist, U.S. naval officer Peter Wake, from the American Civil War in Florida, beyond the Spanish-American War in 1898, and well into the 1900s, with Wake’s legacy stretching for generations.

Monday, March 11, 1 p.m.

A History of the Koreshans

Presented by Ron Westcott, Koreshan State Park Lead Docent

Join Ron Westcott for a presentation on the history of the Koreshans. This talk will also focus on the Koreshan properties and industries on Estero Island in the early 1900s.

Ron Westcott has been a volunteer at Koreshan State Park for over 10 years. Ron is fascinated by Koreshan history, and even after all the research he has done, he continues to learn new things. He loves meeting people from all over the world that visit and watching new volunteers gain knowledge about the park.

Two upcoming meetings will be held in the Event Room at Bonita Bill’s, 702 Fisherman’s Wharf, across the footbridge from the restaurant. Stop by early to enjoy lunch, or have a drink and a snack after the meetings, which run from 2 to 3 p.m.

Visit Our Shopify Store

We have a new shipment of Lost Icon books. You may order them by visiting our store.

We also have the Signs of Hope Coasters for sale as well as our popular Historic Afghans.

To enter the Shopify Store, click on the link below:

Shopify Store 

Price List

Items for Sale

Items for Sale

The hard copy book is $40 and the paperback is $30. We have both in stock now. Read about the history of the structures we have lost since Hurricane Ian.
We have coasters for twelve streets showing the artistic signs that were made after the storm. You can purchase a set of 12 for $50 or 6 for $25. We are working on getting a way to order specific streets and will let you know when we get that figured out.
Our popular Afghans are back in stock. We are out of blue, but we have plenty of green and cranberry. 


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