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Meet Author Marya Repko and Learn about "the Amazing Deaconess of the Everglades"

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Deaconess Harriet Bedell with Seminole children at one of their camps.
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News Release Date: February 20, 2013
Contact: Christopher Derman, 239-695-1165

On Saturday, March 16, from 1:00-3:00 pm local historian and author, Marya Repko, will give an illustrated presentation at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center about Deaconess Harriet Bedell, missionary to the Seminoles in the Everglades, who was canonized by the Episcopal Church in 2009.

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?

A young alligator emerges from its egg.

Alligator hatching season is typically September through October in south Florida. A female can lay up to 50 eggs, about 45 of which will hatch, but only two or three will make it beyond the first two years of life.