DATE: January 6, 2014
MEDIA CONTACT: Maria Munoz
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. - The Broward County Historical Commission, located at the historic West Side Grade School, 301 Harmon (S.W. 13) Ave., Fort Lauderdale, will host its January Brown Bag Historical Lunch Program beginning at noon on Thursday, January 16, 2014.
The Pine Island and Long Key, located in the Town of Davie, is a unique geological feature. It is the highest natural land in Broward County and on it lay 35 known Native American archaeological sites. This Brown Bag Lunch discussion, presented by Paul Callsen, explores how native people probably used the Pine Island and Long Key in their search for sustenance, how the sites were arranged over a period of 2,000 years and how their locations had shifted over time. Finally, the talk will look at many of the sites as they are today and we ask the question, “Did we do a good job of protecting our cultural resources?” The Pine Island and Long Key are home to four parks as well as bike and horse paths; visits to these facilities are one of the best ways that families can directly and economically experience a conversation with the distant past.
Callsen is a registered professional archaeologist and 25-year resident of Broward County. He has engaged in pre-historic and historic archaeological fieldwork in the American Southwest and Southeast and in Northern Mexico. He is active in the community, serving on two homeowners’ boards and is a member of the Broward County Historical Commission. He served in the U.S. Army for two years as an infantryman.
Attendees should bring their own lunch. Light refreshments will be offered. Parking is available on the east and west side of the Historical Commission building in parking spaces marked yellow. Guests are advised to avoid parking in the white and black numbered spaces to the south and west of the building. On-street parking is also available on adjacent streets. For additional information about the program, call the Historical Commission offices at 954-357-5553.
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