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Meet Author Marya Repko and Learn About Our Local Heritage

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Date: April 3, 2012
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107

On April 14, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Local historian Marya Repko will give an illustrated presentation about the history of the Everglades area. She will talk about early settlers, the building of the Tamiami Trail, its impact on the native Seminoles and Deaconess Harriet Bedell, logging in the Fakahatchee, development in the Picayune, and the efforts of environmentalist Marjory Stoneman Douglas. After the lecture, she will sign her "brief history" books.

Marya grew up in Hadlyme, CT, but lived most of her adult life in Europe as a software engineer. After retirement, she moved to Everglades City, Florida, where her first book "A Brief History of the Everglades City Area" has sold thousands of copies. Other brief histories of Deaconess Harriet Bedell, the Fakahatchee, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, and Sanibel have been well-received. She is President of the Everglades Society for Historic Preservation, membership secretary of the Friends of Fakahatchee, and co-editor of The MULLET RAPPER.

This presentation is provided with cooperation from the Florida National Parks Association. The association is an official private, non-profit partner supporting educational, interpretive, and historical and scientific research responsibilities within the national park units of South Florida. www.evergladesassociation.org

For additional information, please contact the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome center at 239-695-4758.

Did You Know?

Airboat traveling through wet prairies.

Airboats are one of the approved ways to access remote areas of Big Cypress National Preserve. Remember, all off-road vehicle access requires a valid permit, and visitors operating ORVs need to know the legal areas they can operate.