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Things happening in our area

The Bonita Springs Historical Society, in collaboration with the Estero Historical Society, holds a variety of events throughout the year to bring people together and promote our mission of protecting and preserving our rich local history. From fun and educational speaker series to engaging community events, there’s something for everyone. Join us in celebrating the vibrant heritage of both Bonita Springs and Estero through these enriching events that showcase the cultures of our communities.

Two Historical Societies. One shared goal
To preserve, and promote the rich cultural history of Southwest Florida

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Bonita Springs Historical Society and The Estero Historical Society, two organizations united by a common mission, to preserve and promote our local history and culture. 

 

As a testament to our commitment to community collaboration, we proudly offer a reciprocal membership between both societies. When you become a member of either organization, you gain access to the resources, events, and exhibits of both, enhancing the value of your membership. Join us in preserving and celebrating the vibrant history of Bonita Springs and Estero through this unique partnership.

Upcoming Bonita Springs Historical Society Events

  • February Member's Assembly Featuring Former Mayor Ben Nelson
    February Member's Assembly Featuring Former Mayor Ben Nelson
    Thu, Feb 29
    Historic McSwain Home & Gardens
    Feb 29, 2024, 1:15 PM – 2:45 PM
    Historic McSwain Home & Gardens, 27451 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs, FL 34135, USA
    Feb 29, 2024, 1:15 PM – 2:45 PM
    Historic McSwain Home & Gardens, 27451 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs, FL 34135, USA
    Join us for our February members' general assembly meeting on February 29th, from 1:15 PM to 2:45 PM, under our authentic Seminole Chickee Hut at the historic McSwain Home & Gardens. Featuring native Bonita Springs resident and former Mayor, Ben Nelson. Photo credit: Naples Daily News
  • Downtown Bonita Springs Walking History Tour: Historic McSwain Home, Banyan Tree Square, and Shangri-La Springs
    Downtown Bonita Springs Walking History Tour: Historic McSwain Home, Banyan Tree Square, and Shangri-La Springs
    Sat, Mar 02
    Starts: The McSwain Home & Gardens
    Mar 02, 2024, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Starts: The McSwain Home & Gardens, 27451 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs, FL 34135, USA
    Mar 02, 2024, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Starts: The McSwain Home & Gardens, 27451 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs, FL 34135, USA
    Downtown Bonita Springs Walking History Tour Featuring The Historic McSwain Home built in 1915, The iconic Banyan Tree Square, and the legendary Shangri-La Springs built in 1921. Let's explore our historic downtown community together!
  • Speaker Series Featuring Chad Gillis, Environmental Writer
    Speaker Series Featuring Chad Gillis, Environmental Writer
    Thu, Mar 21
    Historic McSwain Home & Gardens
    Mar 21, 2024, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
    Historic McSwain Home & Gardens, 27451 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs, FL 34135, USA
    Mar 21, 2024, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
    Historic McSwain Home & Gardens, 27451 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs, FL 34135, USA
    Dive into the world of environmental and history storytelling with Chad Gillis, a writer on the forefront of nature's narrative. Photo credit: News-Press.com
  • 2024 Bonita Springs Christmas Boat Parade
    2024 Bonita Springs Christmas Boat Parade
    Sat, Dec 14
    Parade Starts at BayWater Boat Club
    Dec 14, 2024, 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
    Parade Starts at BayWater Boat Club, 5124 Bonita Beach Rd SW, Bonita Springs, FL 34134, USA
    Dec 14, 2024, 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
    Parade Starts at BayWater Boat Club, 5124 Bonita Beach Rd SW, Bonita Springs, FL 34134, USA
    Experience the magic of the 2024 Bonita Springs Christmas Boat Parade! Join us for a dazzling display of festive boats, spreading holiday cheer along the waterways. Don't miss the enchantment – a Christmas celebration that unites the community in joy!

A special thanks to

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We express our sincere gratitude to the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau for their generous support through the advertising grant, which has significantly contributed to our promotional efforts.

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Estero Historical Society Upcoming Events

January 2024

Fri

26

January 26 @ 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Jewelry Sale

Estero Historical Society Cottage 9285 Corkscrew Blvd., Estero, FL, United States

Fri

26

January 26 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Jewelry Appraisal Fair – Day 1

 Jewelry Appraisal FairHow valuable are your jewelry pieces? Find out! Each participant can bring up to three items for appraisal with a donation fee of $15 per item for EHS members and $20 for non-members. The funds raised will go directly to support the historical society’s building maintenance and repair program. Attendance without an appraisal […]

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27

January 27 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Jewelry Appraisal Fair – Day 2

Estero Historical Society Cottage 9285 Corkscrew Blvd., Estero, FL, United States

Jewelry Appraisal FairHow valuable are your jewlery pieces? Find out! Each participant can bring up to three items for appraisal with a donation fee of $15 per item for EHS members and $20 for non-members. The funds raised will go directly to support the historical society’s building maintenance and repair program. Attendance without an appraisal […]

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27

January 27 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Jewelry Sale

Estero Historical Society Cottage 9285 Corkscrew Blvd., Estero, FL, United States

February 2024

Fri

2

February 2 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

First Friday on the Deck/Vodka Tasting

Estero Historical Society Cottage 9285 Corkscrew Blvd., Estero, FL, United States

Join us for a fun-filled First Friday on the Deck at the Estero Historical Society cottage located in Estero Community Park. Get ready for an amazing in-person event where you can relax, socialize, and enjoy a Vodka Tasting and Complimentary Appetizers in a quaint and natural environment. First Friday on the Deck is the perfect […]

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Sat

10

February 10 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Speaker Series: History of Naples, Florida

Country Creek Country Club 21180 Country Creek Dr, Estero, United States

Special speakers provide insight into the history and heritage of Estero in our Speaker Series.The presenter is John Telischak, Director of Education at the Naples Historical Society. Program includes a continental breakfast. Advance registration is needed to plan the room set-up and the breakfast service.

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Fri

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February 16 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Antique Assessment Fair – Day 1

Estero Historical Society Cottage 9285 Corkscrew Blvd., Estero, FL, United States

Antique Assessment Fair Friday, February 16, 2024 How valuable are your antiques and collectibles? Find out! Assessments will be conducted by Richard Gannon, president of Gannon’s Antiques & Art. Each participant can bring up to three items for assessment with a donation fee of $15 per item for EHS members and $20 for non-members. The funds […]

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February 17 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Antique Assessment Fair – Day 2

Estero Historical Society Cottage 9285 Corkscrew Blvd., Estero, FL, United States

Antique Assessment Fair February 17, 2024How valuable are your antiques and collectibles? Find out! Assessments will be conducted by Richard Gannon, president of Gannon’s Antiques & Art. Each participant can […]

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March 2024

Sat

9

 March 9 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Speaker Series: Florida Cults & Communes

Country Creek Country Club 21180 Country Creek Dr, Estero, United States

Special speakers provide insight into the history and heritage of Estero in our Speaker Series.The presenter is local historian Jacob Winge. Program includes a continental breakfast. Advance registration is needed […]

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April 2024

Sat

13

April 13 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Speaker Series: Colonial & Early American Florida Shipwrecks

Country Creek Country Club 21180 Country Creek Dr, Estero, United States

Special speakers provide insight into the history and heritage of Estero in our Speaker Series .The presenter is local historian Jacob Winge . Program includes a continental breakfast. Advance registration […]

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May 2024

Sat

4

May 4

Golf Tournament Save the Date

Spring Run Golf Club 9501 Spring Run Blvd, Estero, United States

Hosted by the Estero Historical Society & the Greater Estero Chamber of Commerce

Private events

We are delighted to invite you, your friends, and your colleagues to our historic McSwain Home & Gardens for private gatherings or corporate events. Both the McSwain Home and our chickee hut, nestled in the gardens, are available for exclusive use.

Would you like to host an engaging presentation at your desired location? We are also delighted to come to you!

Event types

Custom socials, tours & teas for private groups may be arranged at the historic McSwain House.

Navigate through the different options using the tabs above. 

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Private Gatherings at the historic McSwain Home & Gardens

Host a variety of events at the historic McSwain Home & Gardens. Choose to utilize the charming home's interior or host your event in our authentic Seminole chickee hut, nestled in our beautiful gardens.

 

Chickee Hut Interior Dimensions: 20ft x 40ft

 

Available Electricity: 110v or 220v

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