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Caladesi Island Historical Marker Ceremony

Celebratory ceremonies were held on Caladesi Island today as a historical marker was dedicated.  The program was planned by the Caladesi DAR. Some of our group attended, in response to the invitation extended by Terry Fortner when she spoke to our group a few months ago. The Caladesi DAR and the Florida Park service organized the event. It looks like it was a pretty day for a celebration.  Thanks to Kay K. for the photos and video below.

Follow this link for a video of the ceremony from the Tampa Bay Times.

In addition, James Schnur, a librarian who works with the Special Collections and University Archives Department at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, added some information from the celebration to the USFSP Digital Archive.  You can check out the transcription of the presentation, images from the dedication and the program from here. Continue reading

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August Meeting on a rainy night

Great turnout tonight at the meeting, despite the stormy weather.  We enjoyed hearing about Myrtle’s adventures growing up on the island and Terry’s memories of her grandmother.  It was interesting to see all the pictures which helped illustrate life on the island back then.

As Terry describe her grandmother's life growing up on Caladesi Island, she had our full attention.

As Terry describe her grandmother’s life growing up on Caladesi Island, she had our full attention.

Terry enjoys sharing her family history with us.

Terry enjoys sharing her family history with us.

Great turnout on a dark and stormy night.

Great turnout on a dark and stormy night.

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Wednesday’s Speaker:Terry Fortner, granddaughter of Myrtle Scharrer Betz

Our August meeting will be this Wednesday, August 21, at 6:30 at Bill Jackson’s in Pinellas Park.  Our featured speaker will be  Terry Fortner.  Her grandmother was Myrtle Scharrer Betz who wrote the book Yesteryear I lived in paradise: the story of Caladesi Island.  It’s an interesting book about the special experiences she had growing up on Caladesi from rowing her boat to the mainland to attend school to fishing to lots of adventures exploring the island.  If you haven’t had a chance to read the book before the meeting, this is a 2008 article Tampa Bay Times reporter Jeff Klinkenberg wrote about Terry and her family history with Caladesi Island:  http://tiny.cc/caladesi 

We’ll also talk about our trips since the last meeting and upcoming adventures.

Hope to see you there!
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