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


Cottage Clean Up-November 12

 Join us on Sunday, November 12 at 8 AM for a cottage clean up event sponored by Beach Talk Radio and the Estero Island Historic Society. Sign up by emailing [email protected]

Public Meetings

The EIHS is delighted to offer three fascinating presentations at our 2024 Public Meetings. Locations will be confirmed in December.

Please join us to learn more about local and regional history. Admission to all hour-long Public Meetings is free of charge. Donations are welcomed.

Monday, January 8, 2024, 1 p.m. Edison and Ford: Two Giants Who Helped Shape Southwest Florida Presented by Alexandria Edwards, Edison and Ford Winter Estates.

Monday, February 26, 2024, 1 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

Monday, March 11, 1 p.m.

A History of the Koreshans

Presented by Ron Westcott, Koreshan State Park Docent

Holiday Open House and Book Signing

Please join us on Saturday, December 16, from 1 to 3 p.m., to celebrate the upgraded deck, grounds and in-process interior restoration of the historic 1921 “We’re Still Here”cottage.

This sturdy little building survived 6 feet of interior storm surge thanks to its construction of yellow pine and cedar. The Annex will be restored in the coming years.

The December 16 Open House — A Celebration of Lost Icons — will commemorate the life of founding EIHS Board member and longtime Curator, AJ Bassett as well as other EIHS leaders who are no longer with us.

We will also launch the book Lost Icons of Fort Myers Beach, written by EIHS.

President Ellie Bunting. Meticulously researched, filled with fascinating anecdotes and many historic photos, this book will be a treasure for all those who care about Fort Myers Beach, past and present. All profits will support the restoration of the EIHS.


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