Title: Friends of the Randell Research Center
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Place of Publication: Pineland, Fla.
Publication Date: September 2004
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Friends of the



New Pavilion

Passes Test

Structure Stands Firm
After Direct Hit From
Hurricane Charley

by Bill Marquardt

P h.i e 0 of our two-phase public interpretation
facility survived its first major storm with flying colors.
When powerful Hurricane Charley struck Pineland on
August 13, very few ., ii. I i. .-, on northern Pine Island
v. i. -i .' 11. ;11, il l damages (see article, page 4).
But our newly constructed pavilion and restrooms were
virtually unaffected by the 150-mph sustained winds.
The total damage? One bolt rattled loose from the door
to the men's restroom and fell to the floor.
Designed by Fort Myers architect} Iff i .1 I i i
structural engineer Bob Rude to withstand just such
storms, the pavilion complex is anchored deeply into the

ground on large pilings. Not only did local contractor Gatewood Custom
Carpentry build to the new Florida building codes, it also worked under strict
University of l I. ,1 I ii,.I11.1, i I fi. i. Ii.- The drainage and retention ponds
designed by Fort Myers engineer Tim Keene also functioned well, accumu
lating storm waters and draining them efficiently away from the building.
Some people have asked me, "Why does this building have to cost so
much?" The best answer is both true and now evident: "Because it is built
to last." We hope to begin the second and final phase of the teaching complex
soon, and it will be built to the same demanding standards. But before this
can happen, we must raise $100,000. Here is how it breaks down:

PHASE 1 (parking lot, handicap accessible inclined walkway, pavilion,
restrooms and all pilings)
Cost: $294,903
Needed: $ 0 (completed March 2004)
PHASE 2 (classroom, bookshop, furniture and equipment)
Cost: $262,310
Funds in hand or pledged: $161,835
Needed: $100,475
The needed amount represents less than one fifth of the total building
cost. Together we have raised 82% of the $557,213 needed. Please consider
a generous gift to the building fund. Gifts in any amount are welcome and
appreciated. Gifts of $10,000 and above will be acknowledged on the

ndell Research CenterSepember 2004

A direct hit from Hurricane Charley on our partially constructed public facility had
virtually no effect. (Photo byJ. Worth)

permanent donor recognition plaque in the classroom. The classroom can
be named for a gift of $100,000, the bookshop for a gift of $25,000.
The Randell Research Center goes beyond the Pineland site, the Calusa
Heritage Trail, and our present-day research and education efforts. It is an
ideal and a commitment -to learn and teach 1, ., 1, .. .. .i, history, and
ecology of southwest Florida. We are investing in the future, and we are
building to last. Can you join us? If so, please make your tax deductible
contribution to Randell Research Center and mail it to PO Box 608, Pineland,
Florida 33945. Help us build a truly lasting learning program that will help
us all make good decisions for the future.

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Artist's rendering of public facility (classroom is on the right). Only
$100,000 remains to be raised to complete the entire project.
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Calusa Heritage Trail Opens December 10th

Pathway signs will entertain, educate about people and environment

by Bill Marquardt

On eceYo b or 10 2004 at 10 a.m., the Randell Research
Center will proudly open the new Calusa Heritage Trail to the public. The
Trail is made 1 .... i, a generous grant-in-aid from the Florida Department
of State, Division of Historical Resources and the services and volunteer
efforts of many individuals.
Based on more than 20 years of research in archaeology, history, and
ecology, the Calusa Heritage Trail is a 3700-foot interpretive pathway that
leads visitors among the mounds, canal, and other features of the Pineland
archaeological site. Synergy Design Group of Tallahassee designed the
museum-quality signs. Featuring text written by Darcie MacMahon, Bill
Marquardt, Karen Walker, and John Worth, new full-color art by Merald
Clark, and maps and drawings by John LoCastro, the 13 signs will educate
visitors about the Calusa Indians, their environment, and the history of
Southwest Florida after the Calusa. The Trail also features two observation
platforms atop the site's tallest shell mound, eight benches, a bridge across
the ancient Calusa canal, and boardwalks over low-lying areas.
The Trail will be open to visitors daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m except
Thanksgiving and Christmas. Guided tours of the site will be offered during
peak season (January-April) on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. Guided tours
may be scheduled at other times by calling the RRC at 239-283-2062.
Members of Friends of the Randell Research Center will be admitted free.
Recommended donations for other visitors are $7.00 for adults and $4.00
for children. The income from donations and memberships will be used to
help maintain the Trail and site.

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Sign #13 (right), located on the northern
end of the citrus ridge, features events at
Pineland since the Calusa lived there.
(Photo by W. Marquardt)

Sign #10, 3' x 2', titled "People of the Estuary," is located on top of
Randell Mound, facing west. Visible on the distant horizon is Captiva
Pass. (Photo by J. Worth)
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from a wheelchair, it portrays the high
lights of Pineland's 2000-year human
history and shows events in southwest
Florida juxtaposed to happenings else
where in the world. (Photo by W. Marquardt)



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In The Eye Of The Storm

Pineland Bears Full Force of Charley,
Feels Effects of Frances

by Bill Marquardt

0 l Frid ,4 August 13, northern Pine Island took a direct hit from
fast moving and powerful Hurricane Charley. The path of the eye was
North Captiva -Useppa/Cabbage Key -Pineland Bokeelia -Punta Gorda.
Sustained winds of over 150 mph with gusts to 185 mph harmed or destroyed
many local homes and businesses, felled countless trees, and stripped
almost all of the leaves off the trees that did remain standing. The storm
moved through so rapidly that the surge was minimal, about 4 feet, but this
was enough to flood some homes on Waterfront Drive. Across from the
main entrance to the Pineland site, the Tarpon Lodge was hit heavily and
flooded, and the Pineland Marina was destroyed. All RRC staff members
were unharmed, but all endured some damage to their homes.
Our headquarters house at 7450 Pineland Road had much of its metal
roof ripped away, causing some flooding to the interior. Only one small
window was broken, and almost no damage to equipment was sustained.
The garage lab was flooded.
John Worth was on the scene first, documenting the landscape at both
the headquarters house and the site. Karen Walker and I made our way to
Pineland the day after the storm to begin the clean-up. The first priority was

Bent but not broken, our roadside sign serves as a metaphor for the
Randell Research Center. Clean-up and rebuilding are proceeding
slowly but surely. (Photo by W. Marquardt)

"Where do I start?" Al Woods (above) prepares to tackle the mass of vegetation next
to the RRC headquarters house. (Photo by K. Walker)

Winds in excess of 150 mph drove a piece of metal roofing into this coconut tree (left).
Our teaching pavilion (background, left) was unharmed. (Photo by W. Marquardt)

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to secure the roof. With this task we were ably assisted by David Harlos,
Scott Mitchell, Jon Fajans, and John Worth. Florida Museum colleagues
George Hecht, Elise LeCompte, Paul Ramey, Donna Ruhl, and Al Woods
also spent several days with us, working through the heat of the day and
camping" in the darkened house at night.
Telephone and water services were back on by the 18th, but power was
not restored until August 28. By week 2, RRC staff had secured their own
houses and returned enthusiastically to work. Much vegetation was down
in our yard and at the site. Together we managed to clear much of the yard
and finished cleaning the house. Then, with help from students and staff of
Florida Gulf Coast University coordinated by Carol Newcomb-Jones, on
August 27 we began the formidable task of clearing the Pineland site and
restoring the native plant landscaping.
The Pineland site looks very different. Because so many trees are down
and the remaining ones are 1. Ip. ii i, i one can now see all the mounds
and out to the waterfront when standing on Brown's Mound. None of our
new Calusa Heritage T.i i,1 -. i. was badly hurt, though numerous heavy
tree limbs fell all about them. One wayfinding sign was missing, but then
later found, unharmed except for being caked with mud.
continued on page 6
"They're here!" RRC scientist
IKi en Walker was very
plhIased to discover on August
2z that the water tempera
IIII e data recorders (called
I i bitss) were still intact and
Siiiictioning after the passage
,1 I hurricane Charley. Water
-il iperature fluctuations are
I i ng monitored as part of
i I National Science
I o1 Indation sponsored
Ip. leoclimate study by Walker
,dI 1( University of North
( ,. olina geochemist Donna
'l.iige (see RRC newsletter,
\11 2, no. 3). (Photo by W.

At the Pineland site, massive royal poinciana trees
were deposited on top of the walkway to the top of
Brown's Mound. (Photo by J. Worth)

Floodwaters begin to recede, August 14. Pictured:
John Worth; background: Brown's Mound at Pineland
site. (Photo by Concha Worth)

"How did it get here?" Donna Ruhl, John Worth, and Elise LeCompte
discover the RRC's canoe where it had landed, unharmed, in a thicket
of Brazilian pepper trees. (Photo by K. Walker)

Staff and students from Florida Gulf Coast University joined RRC
staff on August 27 to begin the task of vegetation clean-up at the
Pineland site. (Photo by W. Marquardt)

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continued from page 7

On August 30, workers began to repair the roof damage from Charley
but on Labor Day weekend, slow moving and ponderous Hurricane Frances
paid an unwelcome visit. The RRC was further damaged, with flooding of
the offices/labs due to leakage where the roofers had put down only a single
layer of tarpaper. Now three rooms will need new ceilings and carpets
instead of just one. Again, there was no damage to equipment. However,
the landscaping that we had restored in late August was again disturbed
and flooded by Frances. Clean up efforts have resumed yet again as this
newsletter goes to press. Volunteers are welcome at any time, and should --
call 239 283 2062 to be informed of current needs.

Paul Ramey pulls
wet insulation
from the ceiling
in the RRC
house, August
20. (Photo by K.

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David Harlos, Bill
Marquardt, and Scott
Mitchell work to secure
the damaged roof at RRC
headquarters against
further storm winds and
rain, August 15. (Photo by
K. Walker)

Using the RRC tractor,
John Worth clears debris
from the lot between the
RRC headquarters and
the Pineland post office
(background, right).
(Photo by W. Marquardt)

Bill Marquardt got a new appreciation of
the phrase "hot tin roof" as he re-nailed
metal sheeting on top of the Pineland post
office, August 16. (Photo by K. Walker)

Making progress: RRC staff members Craig Timbes,
Jennifer Jennings, and John Paeno pause from stacking
brush in the RRC headquarters' back yard. (Photo by
K. Walker)
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jun raja i ulr rlinene5 dallu tlqudatl
Sciences) lends a hand with roof repair,
August 17. (Photo by W. Marquardt)

New Calusa Book Available in November

Artist's conception of the
Calusa leader's house, in
which 2,000 people could
gather. (Drawing by Merald
Clark; from page 92 of the
.. forthcoming book, The Calusa
and Their Legacy)
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The Cal a~nd Their Leg ~ byDarcie MacMahon and Bill Marquardt, willbe
published in November by the University Press of Florida. The book tells the story of the Calusa people
and the coastal environment that sustained them. It is illustrated with drawings created by artists for the
Florida Museum of Natural History's award-winning Hall of South Florida People and Environments and
includes dozens of photographs, many in color. The book is non technical and is intended for all ages.
The book sells for $39.95 and can be purchased from your local bookseller, directly from the
University Press of Florida, www.upf.com, or from the Randell Research Center at 7450 Pineland Road,

New and Renewing Friends of the RRC
from June 1 to September 30, 2004

(Please let us know of any errors or omissions. Donations marked with an asterisk (*)
were earmarked for the hurricane relief fund. Thank you for your support!)

Sustaining Members
I_',ii, in- 1-. -inmemory
of Thomas Pickett Taylor
Supporting Members
Nick & Linda Penniman
Sponsoring Members
Donald Cyzewski
Florida Anthropological
Society *
Kissimmee Valley
Archaeological & Historical
Conservancy, Inc. *
Victoria & William Winterer
Contributing Members
Anne M. Allan
Peter & Sally Bergsten
Robin & Jan Brown
Susan Browne
Captiva Cruises, Inc.
Ann Cordell

Edison Garden Club
Gatewood Custom
Carpentry, Inc.
Kim Gibbons
Margaret L. Griffin
David P. Hurst
Carl & Penny Johnson
Darcie MacMahon
Carolyn M. Murphey
William & Carol Newbold
Dan & Linda O'Connell
David & Darbee Percival
Anne Reynolds
Lillian E. Sizemore *
Time Warner Cable
Karen J. Walker
Warm Mineral Springs
Archaeological Society*
Ed & Gloria Winn
Ann L. Winterbotham
Family Members
Tommy Abood/Lost Horizon *
Noel Andress & Karen
Andy & Gloria Andrews
Martha J. Ardren*

David B. Burns *
Alayne & Steve Busch *
John & Sydney Cosselman
George & Leonora Edwards
Jack & Ann Gaddy
Carol Godwin & Karl Vierck
Norm & Marie Gowan
William & Rosemarie Hammond
John & Martha Kendall
Stephen W Kent
Phyllis & Pete Kolianos *
Kimberly & Norman Liddell
Elizabeth A. McCarthy
Sarah B. McKeige *
John & Susan Miller
Karen Nelson
Leonard & Carol Ritchey
Henry & Deanne Sawyer
Leonard & Ruth Walker
Andrew Watson
Richard A. & Patty Jo Watson
R. E. & Dorothy Worth
Individual Members
John G. Beriault
Mark J. Brooks
Michael R. Brown

Louise F. Bryans
Denise Y Buonopane
Jennifer Coplin
Judith E" -I1.1..,,
Ernest M. Dumas
Kitty F. Emery
Richard Finkel
Barbara A. Fleshman
Jill Fontaine
Charles Edgar Foster
Alan D. Gruber
Lee D. Harrison
Marcella M. Howard
Elise V LeCompte
Bonnie G. McEwan
Lona E. Meister
Susan Milbrath
Michael E. Moseley
Denege Patterson
Joan Rogers
Robert S. Rude
Gail Swanson
Barbara Swire
Rick Tully
William Vernetson
Janet Walker

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Staff Spotlight:

Rona Stage
by John Worth

t[ l ohn Rona Se, we at the RRC are pleased to ".
focus on Rona Stage, RRC store manager. Rona was
raised in Florida, and after having managed a
national microfilm operation for Bell & Howell in
Chicago, she returned to Florida and to Pine Island in
1986. Since then she was a Vice President of
Research for a company in Fort Myers, and started V;
and operated (with the help of her father) a records
management company, while simultaneously
implementing a records management department for
a Canon dealership in Tampa. She previously owned
a -,fi i '1' "Stages," in Matlacha, featuring one-of
a-kind artwork and created hand-painted clothing, mostly of Calusa
design. She still creates and wholesales hand-painted
and silkscreen clothing.

Rona has been with the RRC since the fall of 2001, starting as the business
manager handling the daily operations for the new headquarters. Currently
she is the store manager, responsible for purchasing and managing
merchandise sales for the RRC.
She also works as Business and Operations Director for the Useppa
Island Historical Society and Barbara Sumwalt Museum on Useppa Island.

William Marquardt
William Marquardt
John Worth
GBS Productions

Rona Stage (background, center) with RRC volunteers Rena Brown
(left) and Andrea Perisho at the RRC booth, Mangomania 2004. (Photo
by J. Worth)
She lives on a Calusa mound at Pineland with her husband Pat Hagle, a
charter captain who operates his own business from Four Winds Marina,
and their cat Mickey. Unfortunately, they experienced Hurricane Charley
firsthand when their home was severely damaged.

Send questions or comments to:


John Worth
Randell Research Center
Pineland FL 33945-0608 MUSEUM
Telephone (239) 283-2062
Fax (239) 283-2080
Email: randellcenter@comcast.net ,UNIVERSITY OF

SPO Box 608
:1 PINELAND, FL 33945-0608

Forwarding Service Requested

Pineland, FL
Permit No. 26

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Friends of the

'Randell Research Center

Pineland, Florida September, 2004
Phone (239) 283-2062 E-mail: johneworth@comcast.net

Deir Friend,

You are cordially invited to join, or renew your membership in, the RRC's support society, Friends of the Randell
Research Center. (Current members can find out when their memberships expire by looking at the address label on
their newsletter.)
All Friends of the RRC receive a quarterly newsletter and free admission to the Calusa Heritage Trail at Pineland.
Supporters at i .-! I levels are entitled to discounts on our books and merchandise, advance notice of programs, and
special I ii ii I! i ii V .,! iii ii.ih- -i 1.u ,, I is vital to our mission. It means more research, more education, and contin-
ued site iii ii,, i 1. -.i i i R.I i i I. !K II I .111 Center. Thank you.

Slin E \\ ,,iii Ph.D .
,, , i. II I. I I ,I Research Programs and Services
R. Ii .IiR -.1I lCenter

Please check the membership le\ eli ou prefer and send this form. along with your check
payable to Friends of the Randell Research Center, to:
Membership Coordinator Randell Research Center PO Box 608 Pineland, Florida 33945

" Individual ($30) and Student ($15): quarterly Newsletter
and free admission to Calusa Heritage Trail
" Family ($50): The above + ..1 .ii.. i .Ii1. i and 10%
discount on children's 1i! 1' .I,..
Q Contributor ($100- -199): Fhe above + annual honor
i ill..i-. i _in .l 1.1 + 2'1 .discountonRRC
1,.il. II. ii..- and merchandise
0 Sponsor ($500-$999): The above + invitation to annual
Director's tour and ri l i, ,ii

Permanent Address



City / State / Zipcode

" Supporter ($1,000-$4,999): The above + listing on
annual donor plaque at Pineland site
Sustaining Members ($5,000-$19,999). Benefactors
($20,000-$99,999), and Patrons ($ 100,000
and above) rrci"' n11 f the above + complimentary
RRC 1 1 li I ii. .I, and special briefings from the

Q Please use my gift t ..... I I ,i i ii., ,I w funds from the
[i ii!i i i i I I. l.. I i.i torthe Humanities.

Seasonal Address (so we can send you your newsletter while you are away)



City / State / Zipcode

Use my seasonal address from



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

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BoIks, Videos and RRC Gear

I The Calusa and Their Legacy: South Florida
E W People and Their Environments
Sby Darcie A. MacMahon and William H. Marquardt
U. Press of Florida, hardcover $39.95
Culture and Environment in the Domain of the Calusa
edited by William H. Marquardt; Monograph 1, softcover $25.00
Sharks and Shark Products in Prehistoric South Florida
by Laura Kozuch; Monograph 2, softcover $5.00
The Archaeology of Useppa Island
edited by William H. Marquardt; Monograph 3, hardcover $35.00, softcover $20.00
New Words, Old Songs: Understanding the Lives of
Ancient Peoples in Southwest Florida Through Archaeology
by Charles Blanchard, illustrated by Merald Clark
hardcover $2-4.9 $19.95 SALE price until 12/31/04
softcover $14.95 $ 9.95 SALE price until 12/31/04
Fisherfolk of Charlotte Harbor, Florida
by Robert F. Edic
hardcover $-35-9 $29.95 SALE price until 12/31/04
The Domain of the Calusa: Archaeology and
Adventure in the Discovery of South Florida's Past
VHS video $19.95
Expedition Florida: From Exploration to Exhibition
VHS video $19.95
Expedition Florida: The Wild Heart of Florida
VHS video $19.95
Expedition Florida: Wild Alachua
VHS video $19.95

P- l ?IRC logo Hat
(specify color: bone, charcoal, or blue) $20.00
RRC logo short-sleeve cotton staff shirt
(specify size: S, M, L, XL) $35.00 /
RRC logo short-sleeve cotton T-shirt /
(specify size: S, M, L, XL) $12.00
RRC logo tote bag $10.o00
RRC logo coffee mug $10.oo00

To place order, make check payable to: Randell Research Center and i. II1
Randell Research Center / PO Box 608 / Pineland FL 33945.
Check or money order only. Sorry. no credit cards.
Inquiries and Questions? 239 283 2062 / E mail: johneworth@comcast.net


Total for items ordered:
Friends of the RRC who give at the $100 level
or above may deduct 20% Discount:
Florida residents add sales tax:
Shipping: Add $2.00 for first item,
$0.50 for each additional item:




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