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Friends of the


Vol. 1, No. 1


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Lee County Purchase Provides Endowment


h 2002


RRC Headquarters

Fall Event Attracts New and Old Friends


by Karen Walker

T ." .2:"- :or he efforts of
many individuals, Lee County
and the Randell Research Center .
forged a partnership when com- .
missioners crafted a purchase of
a Pineland property both environ-
mentally and historically signifi-
cant. Next door to the pictur-
esque Pineland post office, the
county-owned 1920s Ruby Gill
House now serves as the RRC's
headquarters.
On November 2-3, a
combined Open House and
welcome for newly hired John
Worth wasa great success. \vWil
support from volunteers, the
two-day event attracted a steady |
stream of visitors who viewed
the new office. meeting'work
rooms, upstairs archaeology
labs, outdoor workshop/patio,
garage lab, and even the -
kitchen's freezer-load of fish
specimens awaiting preparation as comparative
specimens. Also featured were David Meo with
his stunning Calusa art reproductions, Dick
Workman transforming nati~e-plant fibers into
cord and other items, and geochemist Donna
Surge gleaning information about past environ-
ments from the clam shells thrown out by Calusa
:ndians.
Although many new RRC friends were made,
the event resembled a reunion at times, as many
members of the 1988-1995 excavation field teams
were in attendance. We all reminisced about
how we had only a lab tent in "those days."


From left to right. RRC Friends Warren and
Paul Miller, lohn Worth, and Bill Marquardt
in front of the new RRC headquarters at
Pineland. (Photo by Karen Walker.)


Drive Begins

Maple Hill Foundation to

Help with Operating Funds

by Bill Marquardt

Sof us can identify with this experience:
You want to save money for long-term security.
but you have bills to pay. In a way, this was the
situation the RRC found itself in. Raising an
endowment fund is the best way to ensure that
the RRC will continue and prosper into the future,
because like a savings account it produces
dependable income every year. Up until 2001,
keeping our programs going took most of the
money we brought in.
But now the Maple Hill Foundation has offered
the RRC up to $230,000 in operating expenses
over the next five years while we make a concerted
effort to build our endowment fund to its minimal
goal of $1,300,000. The Maple Hill grant pays
$80,000 the first year, S60.000 the second, and
$40.000 the third. If we make satisfactory progress
toward the endowment, $30 000 will be paid in
the fourth year and $20,000 in the fifth and final
year of the campaign. The support diminishes
each year under the assumption that as our
endowment fund grows, so will the income it
produces. To continue receiving the Maple Hill
Foundation operating funds, we must show steady
progress toward raising our endowment.
The RRC appreciates the \aple Hill Foundation's
faith in us, and has accepted the challenge. With
your help, we will raise our endowment fund by
2006. Gifts to the RRC endowment fund are tax-
deductible to the extent allowed by federal law.
Income from the RRC endowment will be spent in
Pineland and its environs for research, education,
and public interpretation. Please join us in this
campaign. For more information about how you
can help, please contact John Worth (941-283-
2062), Bill Marquardt (352-392-1721, ext. 492),
or Susan Pharr (352-846-2000, ext. 211).







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Report of the Coordinator


by lohn Worth


T e past six months have been busy ones for
the RRC, and as the new full-time Coordinator,
r'm pleased to report lhai te're making progress
on a number of fronts. The new RRC headquarters
next to the Pineland post office is already bustling
with activity. The office and laboratories form
the local base of operations for the RRC. includ-
ing the Friends society and volunteer program.

The RRC has sponsored or participated in several
special public events, including the "Sounds of the
Calusa" concert in October on Sanibel and the recent
Pine Island archaeology fair and public lecture in
March co-sponsored with the Museum of the
Islands and the Native Plant Society. The RRC is
prominently featured in the new "Trail of the Lost
Tribes" brochure, which publicizes archaeological
sites all along the Florida Gulf coast. We have
also been the subject of a number of very positive
newspaper articles and several local video features.


At the Pineland site, more than 650 visitors
have taken guided site tours since October,
including public tours on Saturdays and a wide
variety of public and school-group visits during
the week. And thanks to the work of volunteers,
board members, and an Americorps crew,
several vegetation-clearing and invasive-plant-
removal days have been held. A new wooden
stairway and handrail have been constructed
at Randell Mound, and the nearby storage
shed has been re-roofed. The low entranceway
to the dirt access road into the site has been
filled and graded.

With full-time statllng, a permanent head-
quarters, a growing volunteer force, and financial
support from the Friends organization and
several grants, the focus is now on preparing
for the upcoming construction of our pavilion,
parking lot, and trails, and on building an


lohn Worth tries out the AlumaTraft boat
(slc page 3). (Photo !b\ Scoltt I Iti, II I

endowment to support our long-term financial
stability. The future looks bright, and we at the
RRC appreciate the support of all our new
members in making this vision a reality.


Friends


Society Off to


a Good Start


by Iohn Wiorth


With more than I 0O members as of this

writing, the Friends of the Randell Research

Center organization is now a reality, thanks

in large part to the widespread and positive

response of many past and present
supporters of the Southwest Florida Project

of the Florida Museum of Natural History.

The Friends society was inaugurated with

the final issue of Calusa Nirs published this

past November. The new Friends organi-

zation will provide a basis tor the long-term

support of the Randell Research Center and

its programs in and around Pine Island and

greater Southwest Florida. Through this

quarterly newsletter, the Friends organiza-

tion will ensure prompt communication

of ongoing and future RRC activities and

programs to the supporters who help make

it all possible.


Friends of the RRC as of March, 2002
(Please let us know of any errors or omissions. Thank you for your support')


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Lee County School Students Get

Up-Close Look at Pineland Site

by Cindy Bear and Rick Tully


Scott Mitchel

Restores

RRC's Boat
Classic 1958 Alumacraft
Gleams Like New

by Bill Marquardt

I hadn't seen some of its transformation with
my own eyes, I wouldn't have believed that the
sleek 15-foot Alumacraft before me was the
same boat that took me to losslyn Island every
day in the summer of 1983, the year the
Southwest Florida Project began. That year,
Michael Hansinger had graciously loaned me the
boat, gently but firmly insisting that I hire young
Mickey O'Donohue as my pilot. A few years
later, Mike had donated the boat to the project,
and it had served us well for many more years,
accumulating the usual wear and tear that boats
do in salt water.


C (. ( (.. people hi ing at Pineland might
have gi\en the name "Fiutlering Butterfly" to the
star constellation we now refer to as Orion,
imagines Courtney Bass, a sixth grader from Gulf
Middle School. Courtney, writing as a part of a
language arts activity before her class field trip
to the Pineland site, notes the star formation
reminded her of "two sharp butterfly wings."
Alexis Vidal, Courtney's
classmate, offered a
different
interpretation: '
"This one says
you will find love.
It shows two
becoming one -
The Match ,
Maker."
These Lee -
County students
and many others
have a unique
opportunity to explore an ancient people, both in
classrooms and at Pineland. They visit the long
abandoned town of the Calusa Indians, touch
long discarded artifacts, recreate long forgotten
tools, and imagine anew what life might have
been like centuries ago.
The synergy of events on a field trip makes all
lie difference for student understanding.
Students climb a mound and gaze westward


across Pine Island Sound toward the distant
barrier islands. In the next glance they study the
exposed face of a small pit and realize ;hey are
seeing perhaps hundreds of years of mound
development. Minutes later they sort the raw
material of a mound. Meaningless rubble
becomes subtle clues to food of the past.
"Random" scrapings on a shell become signs of
tool construction and
use. The mysteries of
Sthe mound become
stories of our
forebears.
The sharing of
these stories is one
result of a
collaboration
between the
School District of
Lee County's
Environmental
Education (EE) Program
and the Randell Research Center. Quality
educational materials, student site visits, a
summer teacher institute, and broader under-
standings of the relevance of our Calusa heritage
are also taking place, with many future events
and programs planned. For more information
contact the RRC at (941) 283-2062 or the EE
program at (941) 275-3033.
(Photos by Rick lull.)


Scoll Mlitchell at work on the hull.
lPhoto by Susan %11ii l, II

Last fall, Scott Mitchell, museum collections
manager and big-time boater, offered to restore
the vessel on his own time and buy us a new
:railer to bool Naturally, I said yes. He first
stripped the hull and discarded all worn wood
and hardware. He pressure-washed, cleaned,
and sanded the hull, patched holes with special
metal epoxy putty, and replaced loose rivets. He
then sprayed the hull with marine-grade primer
and applied numerous coats of epoxy marine
paint. He cut and installed new transom wood
and a wooden shelf below the bow deck for dry
storage. Finally, new stainless steel hardware
and a lighting system were installed and the RRC
logo and new boat numbers were applied.
Thanks to Scott, the RRC's boat is once again
ready to ply the waters of Pine Island Sound.


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Volunteers

Enhance

RRC

Programs

by John Wtorth i

S concrete result of the recent
burst of local publicity about the RRC
was the rapid growth of our volunteer
program. Since October, more than 30
volunteers have registered at the RRC,
representing a broad range of ages, back-
grounds, and interests in the local community
and beyond. Between November and March
alone, 765 volunteer hours were logged in such
areas as office work, laboratory work, vegetation
clearing and site maintenance, tour delivery,
special events, and training. Only a few months
after the program was formalized, volunteers
work in :he office nearly every day of the week.
special events are staffed primarily by volun-
teers, and Saturday tours are primarily docent-
led. Volunteer training and enrichment sessions
are scheduled regularly. All bulk mailings are
done with substantial volunteer help, and

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.', i.t Anholt and Barb Thomas catalogue artifacts
and zooarchacological specimens at the RRC
headquarters. (Photo by l.ana Swearingen.)

recurring tasks such as database cnrnty and manage-
ment, phone reception and visitor assistance,
and other specialized projects such as process-
ing donated fish specimens for the skeletal
comparative collection are all volunteer supported.
In sum, volunteers are playing a pivotal role
in making the RRC a success. Our heartfelt thanks
are extended lo all the volunteers for their
cheerful and energetic dedication, and many
long hours of work in support of the RRC.


on:
Productions
estions or comments to:
Worth
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ox 608
and FL 33945-0608
hone (941) 283-2062
: randelicenter@aol.com


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So many people contribute ito he succou of the RRC
that it s impossible to list them all. Several are mentioned
elsewhere in this newsletter. and here we acknowledge
some others who have pitched in recently. Dick Workman
cioneived tie idea lor .nd organized he' Sounds of the
Calusa" event. Thomas Workman and Kat Epple donated
their musical talents. Tim Keene paid for printing the
program, and Cindy Bear and Frank Stapleton donated
the refrcihmentr and the profits from their sale. Chcryl
and Rick loycegracious[y hosted two RRC Board meetings
at their home. Karen Walker organized our Open House.
and many volunteers assisted with mailing, greeting
\viiltrs and donating food. DEP'c Keith Laakkrncn
brought Americorps volunteers to Pineland to help with
brush clearing Bill Preisch, Bill Curnow (Fish and
Wildlife Commission), and others donated fish for our
new comparative skeletal collection .ed by Betty Anholt
and Lana Swearingen. the zooarchaeologv team (Barb
Thomas Diane Maher. Debbie Cundall. lulle Hancock.
Pat Blackiwell is preparing these skeletal specimens The
FLMNH's Gerge Burgess. Rob Robins. and Kenny
collection. Darcie MacMahon, Cindy Bear, John
LoCastro. and Mary Frances \wethington offered their
advice on interpretive pathways at the site. Karen
WVilkcr and Scott Mitchell conducted training sessions
for our volunteers. Parke Lewis repaired our boat trailer
at his expense. Mary Ardren worked many hours
helping coordinate the March 10 archaeology fair and
the March II lecture, as did Museum of the Islands
president Sharon Traylor. The Florida Humanities Council
provided fu ending. We thank the Native Plant Society for
co-sponsoring these events, and Robin Brown for demon-
strating Calusa cordage at the fair. The Tarpon Lodge
has been most cooperative in helping spread the word
about the RRC and ts programs. The Wentworth
Foundation VWilliam Goza, President) funded the
extension of our pavilion archaeology project.
Aquatunity Enterprises, Inc. provided a pump for the
excavations at reduced cost, and lack Himschoot supplied
diesel fuel for it at a discount rate. Penny lohnson, Debbie
Cundall. Lana Swearingen, Barb Thomas. Diane Maher,
loan McMahan, Edith Marquardt, and Karen Walker
donated supplies and equipment for lab and office use.
We thank you all for your great support of the Randell
Research Center.


PO Box 608
PINELAND. FL 33945-0608


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Friends of the


Randell Research Center


Pineland, Florida March 30, 2002

Dear Friend,

I am sending you a free copy of our first Friends of the Randell Research Center Newsletter. I hope you willjoin our support
society. By means of financial and volunteer support, the Friends are actively promoting archaeological and environmen-
tal research and education in southwest Florida.
Your annual support as a Friend will help us reach our endowment goal so that the RRC will become self-sufficient. You
can join for $30 per year, $15 if you are a student. Please consider participating at a higher level if you can. Your donation
is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by federal law.
All Friends of the RRC receive a quarterly Newsletter. Supporters at higher levels are entitled to discounts on our books
and merchandise, advance notice of programs, and special recognition. Please join us today, and continue to receive our
Newsletter. Your gift will help us conduct more research, reach more visitors, and get new knowledge out to everyone.
Thank you for your consideration.
Sincerely,


ohn E. Worth, Ph.D.
Coordinator of Research Programs and Services
Randell Research Center


Friends of the Randell Research Center receive:
Individual ($30) and Student ($15): quarterly Newsletter Supporter ($1,000-$4,999): The above + listing on annual
Family ($50): Newsletter + advance notice and 10% discount donor plaque at Pineland site
on children's programs Sustaining Members ($5,000-$19,999), Benefactors
($20,000-$99,999), and Patrons ($100,000
Contributor ($100): The above + annual honor roll listing in and above) receive all of the above plus ee RRC
newsletter + 20% discount on RRC publications and publications and special briefings from the Director.
merchandise
Sponsor ($500): The above + invitation to annual Director's
tour and reception

Please detach and mail with your check made out to Friends of the Randell Research Center.

Name Amount enclosed
Mail to: Randell Research Center
Address PO Box 608
Pineland FL 33945
City State Zip Code


The Randell Research Center is a program of the Florida Museum of Natural History, University ofFlorida.




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