Martin County Library System Press Releases

February 26, 2013

Belle Glade culture events continue with A Pot Only a Mother Could Love March 14 at Robert Morgade Library

CHAUTAUQUA SOUTH
Celebrating the Harvest of the Mind, Body & Spirit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE:  FEBRUARY 26, 2013      
CONTACT:  MCLS PUBLIC RELATIONS (772) 221-1403

 
Katie Higgins combines pottery and archaeology in her presentation A Pot Only a Mother Could Love on Thursday, March 14 at 6:00 p.m. in the Anderson Community Room of the Robert Morgade Library, 5851 S.E. Community Drive on the Chastain Campus of Indian River State College, Stuart.  Based on the archaeological record of the ancient Belle Glade culture and through Higgins’ use of ceramic replications, participants will observe how the vessels would have looked many years ago. The presentation also showcases how the unique pottery would have been created, focusing on the various tempers added into the clay and the types of tools used.
 
This event is brought to you by the Friends of the Martin County Library System, Inc., to complement the We Were Here Viva Florida 500 traveling exhibition presented by the Lawrence E. Will Museum: A Museum of the Belle Glades, on display at the Robert Morgade Library in Stuart, March 4-23. Viva Florida 500 is a yearlong celebration of Ponce de Leon’s arrival on Florida’s shores and the following 500 years of history.

For details or to learn more about other Chautauqua South events or the Martin County Library System call (772) 221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County library or visit the library website, www.library.martin.fl.us.

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February 19, 2013

We Were Here exhibit grand opening March 4 at Robert Morgade Library

For immediate release:  February 19, 2013             
Contact:  Alicen Kikkert, Martin County Library System, Public Relations, (772) 463-3205

                                                                                        
The Robert Morgade Library celebrates the grand opening of the exhibit We Were Here: The People of the Water on Monday, March 4 at 6:00 p.m. The event, free and open to the public, features an exciting first look at the exhibit, an informational lecture on Belle Glade culture presented by Christian Davenport, Historic Preservation Officer/Archaeologist for Palm Beach County, and refreshments. The Robert Morgade Library is located at 5851 S.E. Community Drive on the Chastain Campus of Indian River State College, Stuart.

The People of the Water, as they have been aptly named, lived for at least 2,500 years in Florida’s waters, including Martin County. As the exhibit explains, they built what could be considered the first fish farms, as well as the longest canal system, in North America. Their historical imprint can still be seen across the Florida landscape today.

We Were Here is a Viva Florida 500 traveling exhibition presented by the Lawrence E. Will Museum: A Museum of the Belle Glades, and is being exhibited in regions where The People of the Water lived. Their story will be on display at the Robert Morgade Library March 4 – 23

To learn more about other Martin County Library System events, call (772) 221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County library or visit the library website at www.library.martin.fl.us.

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February 14, 2013

Dr. Rachel K. Wentz explores prehistoric use of fire in Florida Feb. 28 at Robert Morgade Library

For immediate release:  February 14, 2013                                       
Contact:  Alicen Kikkert, Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-3205   

Dr. Rachel K. Wentz discusses the extensive utilization of fire among Florida’s Native Americans on February 28 at 6:00 p.m. at the Robert Morgade Library, 5851 S.E. Community Drive on the Chastain Campus of Indian River State College, Stuart. Dr. Wentz’s lecture examines how prehistoric Floridians relied heavily on fire and how it affected and shaped their lives. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Dr. Wentz is the East Central Regional Director of the Florida Public Archaeology Network. She graduated from Florida State University with a Ph.D. in Anthropology, is on the board of the Florida Archaeological Council and is a Brevard County Historical Commissioner.

Prehistoric Use of Fire is one of several Belle Glade Culture events for adults, and is brought to you by the Friends of the Martin County Library System, Inc., to complement the We Were Here Viva Florida 500 traveling exhibition presented by the Lawrence E. Will Museum: A Museum of the Belle Glades, on display at the Robert Morgade Library March 4-23.

To learn more about other Martin County Library System events, call (772) 221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County library or visit the library website at www.library.martin.fl.us.

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February 13, 2013

Skeletal Biology of the Belle Glade People presentation Feb. 20 at Robert Morgade Library

For immediate release:  February 13, 2013             
Contact:  Alicen Kikkert, Martin County Library System, Public Relations, (772) 463-3205

                                                                                         
Archaeologist Katie Smith will share her research about the bioarchaeology of the Belle Glade culture on Wednesday, February 20 at 6:00 p.m. at the Robert Morgade Library. Based on the analysis of human skeletal remains, the presentation details the physical characteristics, diet and nutrition, health and disease and other social and cultural characteristics of the people of Belle Glade. Smith is currently a graduate student at Florida Atlantic University, working toward her second master’s degree in archaeology.

The Robert Morgade Library is located at 5851 S.E. Community Drive on the Chastain Campus of Indian River State College, Stuart. The talk is free and open to the public.

This presentation, one of several Belle Glade Culture events for adults, is brought to you by the Friends of the Martin County Library System, Inc., to complement the We Were Here Viva Florida 500 traveling exhibition presented by the Lawrence E. Will Museum: A Museum of the Belle Glades, on display at the Robert Morgade Library March 4-23.

To learn more about other Martin County Library System events, call (772) 221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County library or visit the library website at www.library.martin.fl.us.

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February 12, 2013

South Florida Science Museum presents Shark Tooth Lab Feb. 16 at Robert Morgade Library

For immediate release:  February 12, 2013             
Contact:  Alicen Kikkert, Martin County Library System, Public Relations, (772) 463-3205

                                                                                         
Explore the fascinating world of sharks and their relatives at the Shark Tooth Lab presented by the South Florida Science Museum on Saturday, February 16 at 2:00 p.m. at the Robert Morgade Library. Working together, students will take part in a variety of educational activities. Participants will sort and classify genuine fossil shark teeth, learn about the animal’s amazing senses and create their own shark-tooth necklace. Ages 8 and up are welcome and registration is required.

The Robert Morgade Library is located at 5851 S.E. Community Drive on the Chastain Campus of Indian River State College, Stuart.  For further details and to register please call (772) 463-3245.    

This event, one of several Belle Glade Culture events for kids and teens, is brought to you by the Friends of the Martin County Library System, Inc., to complement the We Were Here Viva Florida 500 traveling exhibition presented by the Lawrence E. Will Museum: A Museum of the Belle Glades, on display at the Robert Morgade Library March 4-23.

To learn more about other Martin County Library System programs, call (772) 221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County library or visit the library website, www.library.martin.fl.us

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February 5, 2013

CANCELLATION: Feb. 7 Belle Glade Culture event, Indian Riverkeeper Marty Baum

For immediate release:  February 5, 2013             
Contact:  Susan Opasik, Martin County Library System, Public Relations, (772) 463-2863

Feb. 7 Indian Riverkeeper event with Marty Baum canceled

Indian Riverkeeper Marty Baum,” the Belle Glade Culture event previously scheduled for Thursday, February 7 at 2:00 p.m. at the Robert Morgade Library in Stuart is canceled due to an unavoidable conflict.

The talk is one of several Belle Glade Culture events for adults and children sponsored by the Friends of the Martin County Library System, Inc., to complement the We Were Here Viva Florida 500 traveling exhibition presented by the Lawrence E. Will Museum: A Museum of the Belle Glades, on display March 4-23 at the Robert Morgade Library located at 5851 S.E. Community Drive on the Chastain Campus of Indian River State College, Stuart. 

Next in the Belle Glade Culture series of events for adults will be “Skeletal Biology of the Belle Glade People” presented by Katie Smith 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 20 and “Prehistoric Use of Fire” with Dr. Rachel Wentz 6:00 p.m. Thursday, February 28 (more information forthcoming).  

To learn more about other Martin County Library System events, call (772) 221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County community library or visit http://www.library.martin.fl.us.

 

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January 29, 2013

Katie Adams’ Make Believe Theater brings Florida Folk Tales to two libraries Feb. 2

For immediate release:  January 29, 2013                                        
Contact:  Susan Opasik, Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-2863 

Katie Adams’ Make Believe Theater will present “Florida Folk Tales” at two Martin County libraries Saturday, February 2: 11 a.m. at the Robert Morgade Library, 5851 SE Community Drive, Stuart, and 3 p.m. at the Elisabeth Lahti Library, 15200 SW Adams Avenue, Indiantown.

The backwoods of old Florida meander through your mind’s eye as Katie Adams tells stories from Florida’s cracker heritage. A raccoon that makes wishes come true . .  A young fool who makes the cattle rancher’s daughter laugh . . . A one-eyed fish that saves an old woman from robbers. These characters and more inhabit the captivating, humorous tales from Florida’s folklore. Props, costumes, audience participation, and singing add color to these “gator tales.”

A Belle Glade Culture Event for kids, Katie Adams’ “Florida Folk Tales” is brought to you by the Friends of the Martin County Library System, Inc., to complement the We Were Here Viva Florida 500 traveling exhibition presented by the Lawrence E. Will Museum: A Museum of the Belle Glades, on display at the Robert Morgade Library March 4-23. Additional thanks go to the Southeast Florida Archaeology Society for their support of all We Were Here events.

To learn more about the Martin County Library System, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County community library, visit http://www.library.martin.fl.us or call 772-221-1403. 

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January 22, 2013

Kids 5 and up can see and hold Florida fossils at Robert Morgade Library Jan. 30

For immediate release:  January 22, 2013             
Contact:  Susan Opasik, Martin County Library System, Public Relations, (772) 463-2863

Join Fred Mazza of Paleo Discoveries for “Fossil Discovery Hour,” an educational fossil “show and tell” for families Wednesday, January 30, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at the Robert Morgade Library located at 5851 S.E. Community Drive on the Chastain Campus of Indian River State College, Stuart. 

See and hold rare and unusual Florida fossils and participate in a question and answer session.

 
Recommended for age 5 and up. Registration is required. Please call 772-463-3245 to register.

A Belle Glade Culture Event for kids, Fossil Discovery Hour is brought to you by the Friends of the Martin County Library System, Inc., to complement the We Were Here Viva Florida 500 traveling exhibition presented by the Lawrence E. Will Museum: A Museum of the Belle Glades, on display at the Robert Morgade Library March 4-23.

To learn more about other Martin County Library System programs, call (772) 221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County library or visit the library website, http://www.library.martin.fl.us.

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