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11/14/2019

WELLS, The Life and Times of Wells Moses Sawyer

7 - 8:30 PM

Wintergarden Presbyterian Church ,18305 Wintergarden Ave., Port Charlotte FL 33948

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11/14/2019

WELLS, The Life and Times of Wells Moses Sawyer

  

Charlotte County historian and author Ted Ehmann will share the incredible and inspiring life story of Wells Moses Sawyer. Sawyers known for his role in the 1895-1896 Pepper-Hearst Expedition of the mounds in Florida, Ehmann who is writing Wells’ biography tells the rest of his story from his simple beginnings in the Missouri Territories during the Civil War to his launching a career as an artist and anthropologist in Washington D.C.. Wells and his family were constantly on the move including their living and working in Spain and Mexico. Wells and his talented artist daughter Helen settled in Sarasota, Florida in 1940s and are credited with founding the Sarasota art colony and movement. Ehmann shares the important events in U.S. and world history that were the background for Wells long and productive life. His story will inspire not only the artist, but the dreamer in all of us.

7 - 8:30 PM

Wintergarden Presbyterian Church ,18305 Wintergarden Ave., Port Charlotte FL 33948

PRESENTER

Ted Ehmann

Ted Ehmann was born in Trenton, New Jersey in 1949. The grandson of the late noted landscape painter M. Frank Ehmann, he took to fine art at an early age. After suffering through schooling during the Cold Way years, Ehmann went to the Philadelphia College of Art to study painting.

He dropped out of the college at the height of the Viet Nam War and taught himself graphic design and advertising. In 1898 he went blind in one eye from a rare eye disease. The long illness and sudden blindness had profound effects on him. He remarked to friends that he saw the world quite differently. In the next couple of years, he traveled extensively, connecting to nature and wilderness. He studied Bioregionalism as well as shamanism ( native healing) teaching and sharing his insights even as far as the Soviet Union.

In 1990 why applying to the College of New Jersey to finish his Bachelors of Arts, Ehmann was offered a teaching position in the art department and was the only person to teach at the college while studying as an undergraduate. In those years as an undergraduate he double majored in art and history. He applied and was rejected by Rutgers University Anthropology Graduate Department where his mentor, Robin Fox had created the anthropology department. He accepted a graduate assistantship at the College of New Jersey and earned his Masters in Teaching History in 1994. He continued to teach both the visuals arts and the histories until retiring to Florida in 2016.

Currently, Ehmann is president and founder of the Charlotte Harbor Anthropological  Society, Treasure of the Charlotte County Florida Historical Society / Charlotte County Historical Center Society. In April 2019, Ehmann with other organizations spearheaded the Charlotte County Centennial 2021 Committee. His book on the Prehistory of Charlotte County and South Florida, The People of the Great Circle, The Mound Builders in South Florida 800 B.C. -1700 will be available on Dec. 16, 2019 and his book Florida's Gray Gold, The Phosphate Mining Boom in the Deep South 1868 - 2018 available on March 1, 2020 both by Pineapple Press. Currently he is writing a book on the history of Charlotte County, To the Ends of he Earth, in time for the 2021 centennial.

 

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12/12/2019

The Fascinating Military History of SW Florida

7pm - 8:30pm

Wintergarden Presbyterian Church, 18305 Wintergarden Ave., Port Charlotte

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12/12/2019

The Fascinating Military History of SW Florida

Gary Butler will take you on a journey of the fascinating military history here in Southwest Florida. Using primary sources with vintage photographs, he will tell the story from the First Seminole War to the important airfields which trained our pilots during both world wars.

                   

Gary will bring to life the days when Arcadia was called the “Aviation Capital of Florida” training pilots in two wars, including the British RAF. The Buckingham AAF gunnery school in Fort Myers and later the Sarasota, Venice and Punta Gorda were responsible for training the lion’s share of bomber pilots for WW II. Included will be letters written by cadets on life on these airfields. Of course, he will share a wealth of vintage photographs. You won’t want to miss this important presentation.

7pm - 8:30pm

Wintergarden Presbyterian Church, 18305 Wintergarden Ave., Port Charlotte

PRESENTER

Gary Butler

  

Gary Butler has over thirty-five years as an executive with non-profit organization. He joined the Military Heritage Museum, as Executive Director in May of 2018. Prior he served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Boy Scouts of America in Irving TX.



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