● March 6 – Exhibit Opening Gallery Talk and Reception 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Exhibit open through May 27
March is National Women’s History Month, and to commemorate the event, Edison Ford is proud to announce the return of the Fort Myers Founding Females portrait exhibition, which received great praise last year. The exhibit will be accompanied by lectures, films, teas, and other activities to explore the lives of women both in Southwest Florida and throughout the world.
The exhibit opens on Sunday, March 6 with a reception. Curator Tom Hall notes that the exhibit “puts a face with the names of the women who settled in Fort Myers in the years following the end of the Civil War and helped transform the town in the last third of the 19th Century from a rough-and-tumble cow town into the commercial, cultural and tourist center of Southwest Florida.”
“For myriad reasons, the names and accomplishments of these female visionaries were largely relegated to footnotes and parentheticals in the annals that recounted the achievements of their male counterparts,” writes Robin C. Tuthill and Tom Hall in Female Pioneers of Fort Myers: Women Who Made a Difference in
the City’s Development.
Published after the successful 2015 showing of the Founding Females of Fort Myers exhibit, the authors note that the book “brings the personal stories of 24 remarkable women to the forefront.” Hall and Tuthill will be speaking at the exhibit opening and available to sign copies of their new book, which is available in our Museum Store. There will also be a book signing at Edison Ford Bell Tower Shoppe at Bell Tower on March 23 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served. The reception will also feature a painting performance by Linda Busch Benson.
For more information or to RSVP call 239-334-7419.