published: Sunday, February 14, 2010
McDonald to speak about Ais Indians
Special to the News-Sun
AVON PARK -- Lt. Col. David R. McDonald, Indian River Anthropological Society president, will speak on the indigenous Ais Indians from Florida's southeast coast at 7 p.m. on Thursday at South Florida Community College in Building G, Room 101, of the Highlands Campus.
McDonald will speak about the Ais' influence and their demise and will include a hands-on review of Ais artifacts and technology. The program is free and open to the public.
McDonald is a fourth-generation Floridian who enjoys walking the shorelines of Merritt Island looking for pottery sherds from the numerous mounds and middens. As he grew up, Florida history was always a major interest. After receiving an associate in arts degree from Brevard Community College, he joined the Army at age 17 and served as an airborne infantryman in the 82nd Airborne Division.
McDonald earned an ROTC scholarship and returned to Florida to earn his bachelor's degree at the University of Central Florida. He was then commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in field artillery and retired after 20 years with numerous military awards including the Legion of Merit.
McDonald pursued his study and research with the Florida Museum of Natural History after volunteering at his children's school. His major focus has been public education. He developed a comprehensive program concerning the Ais Indians of the Brevard County area and has conducted more thean 250 classes.
For more information, call Anne Reynolds at 465-3637 or 441-4803.
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