History Presentation At LGLA Meeting May 23

The Loxahatchee Groves Landowners’ Association will meet Thursday, May 23 at 7 p.m. at Palms West Presbyterian Church (13689 Okeechobee Blvd.).

The guest speaker will be Michelle Williams of the Florida Public Archaeology Network’s Southeast Region. Her topic will be “Then & Now: Life Along the New River.” She will discuss Fort Lauderdale’s rich past, told through the stories of those who lived along the banks of the New River. Her discussion will include information about the prehistoric artifacts, historic objects and photographs that have been found that reveal how the river shaped the cultures and communities of the past and how it continues to influence the present city.

Come and hear about the dugout canoes, skiffs, tour boats and paddleboards that floated down the New River as vehicles for hunting, transportation and recreation; find out the age of the oldest dugout canoes discovered in the area and what Indian tribe made them; and learn when and why the Seminoles came to the area and made dugout canoes from cypress logs.

This is an open meeting, but only paid LGLA members can make motions or vote on a motion.

For more information, contact Marge Herzog at (561) 818-9114 or marge@herzog.ms.