Title: Friends of the Randell Research Center
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Randell Research Center March2008

Gill House Restoration Receives Boost
Millers and Sipprelles Announce $50,000 Challenge Grant

by Bill Marquardt

O n M arch 2, Paul and Warren Miller
and Dwight and Susan Sipprelle jointly offered
the Randell Research Center a $50,000 gift
toward restoration of the Ruby Gill House,
headquarters of the Randell Research Center in
Pineland. This is a challenge grant, and will be
given as soon as we raise $50,000 in matching
As reported in the September Friends
Newsletter (vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 1 2), we need funds
to complete repairs and restoration of the
historic Gill House, which was badly damaged
in the hurricanes of 2004. About $178,000 in
labor and donated services have been put into
the house so far, provided by the Florida
Museum of Natural History, the Randell
Research Center, Lee County historic preserva--
tion grants, a grant from the Southwest Florida
Community Foundation Arts and Attractions fund, private gifts, and The Ruby Gill House, viewed from the east, March, 2008. Restoration
work will resume as soon as we can raise $31,000. (Photo by W. Marquardt.)
donated professional services. Still to be done are structural stabilization
work, enhancement of handicap accessibility, and restoration of the walls,
ceilings, and floors. When the project is completed, the Randell Research
Center will finally be able to move back into its offices and laboratories,
which will be sturdier, safer, and more pleasant for our visitors and staff.
The minimal amount we need to complete the necessary repairs is
$108,000, so the Miller Sipprelle challenge grant is a huge help. As this
newsletter goes to press, we have received a little over $19,000, or 38% of
what we need to match the Millers' and Sipprelles' generous offer. In short,
as soon as we raise the remaining $31,000, we can resume restoration work on the
house. If you have been considering a gift to the Randell Research Center,
there has never been a better time, because your donation will be doubled.

To contribute to the building fund, simply make your
check payable to Randell Research Center, indicate that
it is for the building fund, and mail it to P.O. Box 608,
Pineland, Florida 33945. Donations in any amount are
welcome. Like all donations to the Randell Research Center,
your gift is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by Federal
law, and all donations to the building fund will be matched
by the Millers and Sipprelles up to $50,000.

Calusa Heritage

Day 2008
by Michael Wylde

February 23rd was the annual CalusaHeritage Day,
hosted by the Randell Research Center at the Calusa Heritage Trail in Pineland.
It was a great day weather-wise, and the many participants had a great time
sharing their knowledge with the public. Over 1500 people attended. Dr.
Karen Walker and Dr. Bill Marquardt of the Florida Museum of Natural
History and the RRC drew together an amazing array of talent for the event.
In the classroom, archaeolo

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SPineland site, including
Se zooarchaeology and archaeo
botany displays by the Florida
Museum's Irv Quitmyer and
Donna Ruhl. Melissa Ayvaz and
A Ryan Van Dyke had tables
Archaeobotanist Donna Ruhl explains explaining the importance of
findings to visitors. (Photo by M. Nanney) artifact and zooarchaeological
........ .......................... curation. On the deck outside,
local author D.L. Havlin entertained the crowd with tales from Florida's
cracker days, Gladys Schneider and Gina Poppell explained the history of the
Ruby Gill House and Pineland Post Office, and Steve Tutko manned the RRC
membership table.
An entire area of the site near Brown's Mound was
set aside for artists and primitive technology demon
stations. Merald Clark, noted artist and illustrator who
produced fi -d ii ,; iii .. I I ,, the Trail's interpret
tive signs, participated, as did artists Sue Ellen Hunter,
Hermann Trappman, David Meo, Dorothy Looney, Helen
Donvan, Pat Townsend, and Denege Patterson. Elizabeth
Neily talked to visitors while dressed as a 16th century
Spanish market woman. Calusa pottery technology was
taught by noted author Robin Brown, assisted by John
Beriault and Stacey Brown. Firing of the pots took place at the site a week
later, on Saturday, March 1, under the supervision of John Beriault.
Dick Workman and Rick Tully
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weaving, Terry Powell of St. Petersburg
had an amazing display of Calusa shell
and wood tools that he encouraged
the public to try out. I demonstrated
percussion flaking and pressure
flaking of stone tools. Mickey Miller
showed everyone how to make fire
without matches or a lighter. John
Paeno explained his artifact
replications, and metal artist Mike
Bonne encouraged kids to hammer

Dick Workman teaches a visitor
how to weave palm fronds. (Photo
L by R. Brown.)

Elizabeth Neily, dressed as
a 16th century Spanish
market woman, and artist
Hermann Trappman,
dressed as himself, talk
with visitors. (Photo by C.

A selection of some of the many
pots made by visitors during Calusa
Heritage Day. The pots were fired March
1 and can be picked up at
the Calusa Heritage Trail (phone 283
2157). (Photo by R. Brown.)

Mickey Miller lines
up a dart
on the atlatl
(throwing stick) in
preparation for
throwing it at the
target, while Jose
Langone provides
(Photo by M.

Linda Stevenson
(left) and Gladys
i Schneider visit at

with Gill House
d prepared by Gladys
tij and postmaster
Gina Poppell.
(Photo by G. Sajgo.)

out their own metal "bait fish" to take home with them. Atlatls were thrown
with assistance from Dick Hunter and Jose Langone, tools and baskets and
cordage were made by visitors, conch horns were blown, and a good time
was had by all. There were even Calusa "snacks" available: grilled mullet,
local clams, oysters, and fresh papaya, all of which were on the Calusa menu.
There were also ten local environmental and eco-tourism organizations set
up along the trail, and local captain Brian Holaway of Relax and Explore Tours
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offered a four-hour boat trip to be raffled off. Tropic Star
of Pine Island gave away a boat trip as well.
At 2:00 P.M., Dr. Marquardt gave a talk on "Calusa
Archaeology Since Cushing" to a packed classroom,
with many people hanging into the doorways to hear
the talk. Ti. ,,i.. ii III ,,i" .1 ..- stafffrom Florida
Gulf Coast University was in attendance, as well as
Paul Backhouse and Marion Smith, archaeologists for
the Seminole Tribe of Florida. For those others of you
who attended, thank you for your support; for those
of you who did not, plan to be here February 21, 2009
for the next Calusa Heritage Day. It is a great way to i
spend a day "doing archaeology." John Paeno plays a
tune on a bird bone
whistle he made.
(Photo by M. Nanney.)

Artist David Meo discusses
his in progress painting of
a scene from Pineland's
past. (Photo by R. Brown.)

Just Delore mhe lire is to De lit, me
Lazenby sisters Jennifer, Emily, and
Barbara Ann -say goodbye to the pots
they made and wish them well in the
firing, as mom Laurie looks on. (Photo
by W. Marquardt.)
John Beriault uses a hand tool to
decorate the pottery he is making.
(Photo by M. Nanney.)

They really work! Merald Clark
chops wood with a shell cutting tool
while the tool's manufacturer, Terry
Powell, looks on. (Photo by C.
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New and Renewing Friends of the RRC from January 1 through March 15, 2008|
(* indicates donations of materials or services. Please let us know of any errors or omissions. Thank you for your support.)

Sustaining Members
($5,000- $19,999)
Paul G. Benedum, Jr.
Chris & Gayle Bundschu
Supporting Members
($1,000- $4,999)
Virginia Amsler
in memory of Tom Taylor)
William Marquardt
Elaine McLaughlin
Lee Newsom
Linda Penniman
Nick Penniman
Karen Walker
Sponsoring Members
($500 $999)
Greater Pine Island
Chamber of Commerce
Bill & Edna Hager
SWoodward S. Hanson

Joyce Mutz
Bob & Mary Rude
Dwight & Susan Sipprelle
Stephen Tutko
Contributing Members
($100 $499)
Joseph P. Brinton III
Robin C. Brown
Gene & Evelyn Hemp
Brian Holaway*
Family of Bud House
Douglas Kilpatrick
Robin C. Krivakek
Matlacha Hookers
Thomas McIntosh
Robert N. "Bucky" McQueen
Vernon Peeples
Robert Repenning & Jennet Buri
Maria-Louise Sideroff
Kiko & Gordie Villalon

Family Members
Randy & Chris Briggs
Frank Desguin
Paul & Mary Douglass
George & Lee Edwards
Ray & Ellen Garten
Bill Godek
D. L. Havlin
Shirley S. Hoch
Stephen W. Kent
Randy & Dianne King
Jack & Carol Lovell
Susan Milbrath & Mark
Fran Miller
Edward & Patricia Oakes
Denege Patterson
Karl & Cecy Rice
Mark & Sandy Spanier
R. L. & B. W. Thompson

Elizabeth & Hermann
John & Sally VanSchaick
Individual Members
Elizabeth Abbott
Jenna Coplin
Barbara Dobbs
August Fischer
Frank Grieco
Jeffrey M. Mitchem
Susan Roskos
Margit Schulz
Alice R. C. Sharp
Lillian Sizemore
Caitlin J. Walker
Norris Williams
Edward Winn


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Annual Honor Roll, 2007
Each year the Randell Research Center recognizes all those who have donated $100 or more
during the previous calendar year by listing them in the Annual Honor Roll. Gifts of donated
materials or professional services are indicated by an asterisk. We extend our heartfelt appre-
ciation for the support that these and all our gifts represent.

Sustaining Members
John & Gretchen Coyle
Paul & Warren Miller
David Nutting
Dale Schneider, Inc.*
Kathryn & Karl Schroeder*
Mike & Joan Shevlin*

Supporting Members
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Lawrence & Carol Aten
Paul G. Benedum, Jr.
Peter & Sally Bergsten
Chris & Gayle Bundschu
John Cauthen*
Florida Museum
Forestry Resources
Landscape Supply*
Don & Dorothy Gulnac*
Rick Joyce*
William Marquardt
Nisus Corporation*

Bill Pretsch*
Robert P. 1i" 'ii1i
Bob Rude Structures*
Gladys Schneider*
Linda Stevenson*
Brady Vogt*
Karen Walker

Sponsoring Members
Don Cyzewski
Lammot duPont
Anina Hills Glaize
The Bonita Bay Group
Bill & Edna Hager
Denege Patterson
Greater Pine Island
Chamber of Commerce
Ilene Safron*
Edith Marquardt
Joyce C. Mutz
Jeff 1i1. II
John Paeno*
Pine Island Pest Control*
Tim & Judith Sear

Tropic Star of Pine Island
Stephen Tutko
Dwight & Susan Sipprelle
William & Victoria

Contributing Members
Sharon Albright
Anne M. Allan
Marion Almy
Bijan Bakhtian
Cindy Bear
Dr. & Mrs. Bruce Bielfelt
Patricia Blackwell
Anne & Bob Boomer
Joseph P. Brinton III
Robin C. Brown
Jefferson Chapman
Ann S. Cordell
William & Mary Cyzewski
Paul & Mary Douglass
Edison Garden Club
Stanley Farnham
Guy P. Fischer

Mary FlippilI
Robin & Lin Lux
Gaea Guides
Carol & Estill
Gatewood, Jr.
Nancy Glickman
Barbara A. Harcourt
Gene & Evelyn Hemp
Bud & Shirley House
Catherine House
Bernard Johnson
Robert & Amy Kasdan
Stephen W. Kent
Peggy & Barney King
Carole Kircher
Ron & Mary Koontz
Robin Krivanek
Janet Levy
Diane & John Maher
Darcie A. MacMahon
Joan McMahan
Robert N. "Bucky"
Joan & Joe Merkwaz
Jerald T. Milanich

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Michael Wylde
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Pineland, Florida* March, 2008
Phone (239) 283-2062 E-mail: randellcenter@comcast.net

Dear Friend,

You are cordially invited to join, or renew your membership in, the RRC's support society, Friends of the Randell
Research Center. All Friends of the RRC receive a quarterly newsletter and free admission to the Calusa Heritage Trail at
Pineland. Supporters at higher levels are entitled to discounts on our books and merchandise, advance notice of
programs, and special recognition. Your continuing support is vital to our mission. It means more research, more educa-
tion, and continued site improvements at the Randell Research Center. Thank you.

William H. Marquardt
Randell Research Center

Please check the membership level you prefer, and send this form with credit card information
or check payable to 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 + advance notice and 10%
discount on children's programs
1 Contributor ($100-$499): The above + annual honor
roll listing in newsletter + 20% discount on RRC
publications and merchandise
1 Sponsor ($500-$999): The above + invitation to annual
Director's tour and reception

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" 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) receive all of the above + complimentary
RRC publications and special briefings from the
" Please use my gift to obtain matching funds from the
National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Books, Videos and RRC

The Calusa and Their Legacy: South Florida People and Their Environments
by Darcie A. MacMahon and William H. Marquardt, U. Press of Florida, hardcover $39.95
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 $19.95, softcover $9.95
Fisherfolk of Charlotte Harbor, Florida
by Robert F. Edic; hardcover $35.00
Florida's First People
by Robin Brown, Pineapple Press, hardcover, $29.95
Missions to the Calusa
by John H. Hann, U. Press of Florida, hardcover, $35.00
Florida's Indians
by Jerald T Milanich, U. Press of Florida, softcover, $19.95
Archaeology of Precolumbian Florida
by Jerald T Milanich, U. Press of Florida, softcover, $27.95
The Lost Florida Manuscripts of Frank Hamilton Cushing
edited by Phyllis E. Kolianos and Brent R. Weisman, U. Press of Florida, hardcover, $59.95
Indian Art of Ancient Florida
by Barbara Purdy, U. Press of Florida, hardcover, $35.00
The Domain of the Calusa: Archaeology and Adventure in the Discovery of South Florida's Past
DVD video, $12.95
Expedition Florida: Three-program Set
(From Exploration to Exhibition; The Wild Heart of Florida; Wild Alachua)
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RRC logo tote bag $10.00
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