Courtesy photo Butch Wilson, director of the Clewiston Museum, will present the program ÔMayaimis People of Lake Okeechobee' at SFSC on Sept. 19
published: Sunday, September 15, 2013
KVAHC presents 'The Mayaimis People of Lake Okeechobee'
Special to the News-Sun
AVON PARK -- The Kissimmee Valley Archaeological and Historic Conservancy's Speaker Series will present Butch Wilson, director of the Clewiston Museum, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19, in Building B, Room 101, at the South Florida State College Highlands Campus.
Wilson will present the program, "Mayaimis People of Lake Okeechobee." The public is invited at no cost.
The Mayaimis people were part of the Glades Culture, which existed from 500 B.C.E. until shortly after European contact and inhabited the Lake Okeechobee and Kissimmee Valley regions. A sixth-generation Floridian, Wilson grew up on the southern shores of Lake Okeechobee and enjoyed stories by his great-grandmother, grandparents, and other Glades pioneers about the history of the area.
Wilson will review several of the archaeological digs around Lake Okeechobee, provide interpretation, display artifacts, and recall some of the tall tales the old-timers told him about these ancient people. He recounts information from prehistoric days to the terrible 1926 and 1928 hurricanes that wrought havoc and death to the Glades residents living around the lake.
Wilson holds a bachelor of arts degree in history from Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn. He worked for U.S. Sugar for 32 years and was a commercial frog hunter and catfisherman. After retiring, he became the director of the Clewiston Museum, which preserves the history of Hendry County.
For more information, call Alayne Busch at 863-699-1042 or email email@example.com/.
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