South Florida Museum Weekly News: Upcoming events, programs and more, August 6, 2014

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End of Summer Camper & Student Celebration – 

Night at the Museum: History Comes Alive was a Hit!

Special thanks to all of the dedicated Volunteers and Student Docents who made this program a success.


Summer Docent and event organizer Josh Karg portrays archaeologist (and contributor of the Museum’s founding collection) Montague Tallant.
The South Florida Museum welcomed children and families from this year’s Summer Science Camp programs, as well as local students, for an end of the summer celebration which brought science and history to life! Organized and conceived by Hunter Windham and Josh Karg, along with Wil Gavin – all local students who served as Museum Docents this summer – the event brought science and history-loving kids together to interact with the historical figures and characters who have impacted knowledge and learning throughout the Museum’s history – and throughout human history! The event was a huge success. Thanks to Hunter, Josh, Wil and all of the staff and incredible volunteers who made this fantastic evening possible. 

Archaeologists showed guests the methods of excavation as we explore man’s ancient past to re-create the tools, diet & lifestyles of our early Florida ancestors, the Paleoindians and Archaic Peoples. Guest were able to interact with tools and objects used by archaeologists and the peoples they studied.


A Tocobaga era man demonstrated his shell hammer and fishing nets while Montague Tallant shared his stories of adventure and discovery in finding the ancient middens and mounds filled with beautiful artistic pottery sherds and hints to the ancient past.

Hernando De Soto and

his Conquistadors roamed the halls and Spanish Plaza in their plumed helmets of polished metal, illustrating the striking contrast between European metallurgy and the Florida Natives’ use of wood, bone and shell.


The Medical Gallery came alive with doctors and pharmacists demonstrating the change in medicinal technologies over the years and the scientific power of the microscope in examining the tiniest details of our natural world.

Additionally, a volunteer portraying William Clendenin shared his love of mollusks with a game of “Show & Shell & Classify Like Clendenin” which taught guests how to sort sea shells by class and Bat Fogarty shared his passion for making boats which was a huge part of the early economy here on the Manatee River. Guests also had a chance to create their own constellation guides by investigating the Big Dipper & Cassiopeia as navigational markers to find the North Star in the night sky

Grannie Emma shared  (portrayed by Museum Educator Susan McCarthy) old folk tales and recipes in the Pine Uplands exhibit, giving guests a chance to peek back into the pioneer days of Florida.

Visitors to the program shared their appreciation and enthusiasm for this opportunity to continue learning about our history and culture. Comments concerning the event included:

“Really cool! I’ve lived in FL for 18 years and there’s still so much to learn.”

“I learned something new at every station!”


“Loved the stars! I would love to know more about star navigation – we will come back for planetarium.”

August 2014


In this installment of the new monthly blog, learn more about an early Bradenton settler who introduced coffee production to the area – and visit the Museum to see related objects in the Collections Connections exhibit case and to view the exhibition  Coffee: The World in Your Cup on view through August 29.

Photo dated 1900

“Pioneer” – Julia Atzeroth epitomized the meaning of this word. Originally from Bavaria, Germany, she and her family were the first white settlers in Terra Ceia, claiming 160 acres through the federal Armed Occupation Act of 1842.  Madam Joe, as she was known throughout the community, received this moniker from her own nickname for her husband whom she called Mr. Joe.

After her husband’s death in 1871, Julia Atzeroth moved to Fogartyville, now Northwest Bradenton, to be closer to her daughter Eliza, wife of William Fogarty. It was at this home, in 1880, that Madam Joe grew the first pound of coffee produced in the U.S., cultivated from the eight coffee trees she kept in her large garden.

Click here to continue reading at the Collections Connection blog…

Selling Out Quickly – 
Buy Your Tickets NOW!
This Friday, August 1st 
Twenty Feet From Stardom
with Live Musical Performance
The South Florida Museum is pleased to present Film Fridays, our exciting film program presenting the best movies you’ve (n)ever seen – most Fridays at 6 pmDon’t forget to join us early for our selection of beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks available for purchase. Please note: the theater may be cold, sweaters or jackets are recommended.  

“Music & Movies” – most Fridays through September 19 with music at 6 pm and screenings at 7 pm. 


Enjoy watching your favorite American musicians on the big screen in these intriguing and insightful documentaries that will have your toes tapping and fingers snapping! Everyone from Elvis to Neil Young to the Ramones are featured in these rollicking portraits of American musical excellence.  Join us early for LIVE MUSIC presented in partnership with Realize Bradenton, the Bradenton Downtown Development Authority, and the Del Couch Music Education Foundation.


Museum Members – $3

Non-Members – $5

Paid reservations required; please RSVP by clicking here or call us at 941-746-4131, ext. 17. 

Please arrive promptly: Pre-purchased program seats will be held until 5 minutes prior to program start time ONLY, at which time they may be released for re-sale.

Live Music will begin at 6 pm featuring a young musician from the Del Couch Music Education Foundation.

This week’s film starting at 7 pm: Twenty Feet From Stardom – (2013) Rated PG-13, 91 minutes. 

This 2014 Oscar™ winner for Best Documentary Feature pays homage to some of the unsung heroes of popular music – background vocalists. Featured artists include Darlene Love, Merry, Lisa Fischer, and the Waters Family – who have backed performers such as Aretha Franklin, the Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson and Tina Turner.

Remaining Films in the series:

August 15 – The Last Waltz (1978)

Featuring Live Music at 6 pm and the screening at 7 pm.
Click here for reservations.

August 22 – Elvis: That’s the Way It Is (1970)

Featuring Live Music at 6 pm and the screening at 7 pm.
Click here for reservations.

August 29 – Neil Young: Heart of Gold (2006)

Featuring Live Music at 6 pm and the screening at 7 pm.
Click here for reservations.

Sept. 5 – Shut Up and Sing (2006)

Featuring Live Music at 6 pm and the screening at 7 pm.

Click here for reservations. 

Sept. 12 – End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones (2003)

Featuring Live Music at 6 pm and the screening at 7 pm.
Click here for reservations.

Sept. 19 – Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser (1988)

Featuring Live Music at 6 pm and the screening at 7 pm.

Click here for reservations.

For full detailed listings and reservations, click here.


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Snooty’s Gala 2014

“Shaken, Not Stirred”

For more information, contact Laurie Voight at 941-746-4131, ext. 17 or by email at [email protected].


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In This Issue:
Night at the Museum
Collections Connection
Film Fridays – Selling Out Quickly
Snooty’s Gala 2014 Save the Date
Program Calendar
Facility Rentals
Snooty Cam
Museum Hours
Museum Awards
Museum Affiliations

Events & Programs Calendar
Click here to view our upcoming calendar of events and programs. Call 941-746-4131, ext. 17 for more information.
Upcoming Programs:
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Wednesday, August 13 at 7 pm
“Coffee: From Farm to Cup 
with Holly Erez” 

Around the world, hugging the warm equator, the coffee belt nurtures the growth and development of the coffee tree.  But did you know we have fine local coffee roasters right here in our neighborhood? Join local business owner and coffee expert Holly Erez on a journey to discover the wonders of this amazing bean. Explore the science behind that perfect cup as well as the social and cultural influences of the coffee trade. $2 for Museum Members, $4 for Non-members. Click here to purchase tickets.

Wednesday, August 27

Join us for our exciting live star talk, Stelliferous Live with Jeff Rodgers, Director of the Bishop Planetarium. Each month, we’ll take a look at the upcoming month’s night skies, then enjoy a discussion about current events in astronomy. Past topics include the Higgs Boson, the search for extrasolar planets and the future of space exploration. $2 for Museum Members, $4 for Non-members. Click here to purchase tickets.

Click here for a full schedule of public program events and for more information or call 941-746-4131, ext. 17 for info or to RSVP for any program.

Dates Are Filling Up – Book Your Holiday Party Now!

Did you know that the Museum offers several venues for private parties, meetings and special events? The South Florida Museum offers a unique combination of aesthetic and practical amenities sure to make any event a memorable occasion. Contact our Facility Rental department today to learn about the options for your office or family holiday party – or any other event you’d like to make extra special at the Museum! We have spaces to fit most sizes of groups.
Click here for details or contact Laurie Voight at [email protected] or 941-746-4131, ext. 17.

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Watch Snooty via the Snooty Cam

Check on wild manatees released from the South Florida Museum and other rehabilitation facilities at

Hours and Info
Current Museum Hours:
Tuesday through Saturday:
10 am to 5 pm
Sunday: Noon to 5 pm
 (Closed Mondays until January)
2014 Admission Prices:

Adults – $18
Seniors (65+) – $16
Children (4-12) – $14
Children 3 and under – Free with paying adult
Museum Members – Free
(click here for details)
Active Military / Florida Teachers – Free with proper ID
Combo Tickets are also available for the South Florida Museum and the Da Vinci Machines Exhibition, click here for more information.

For more info, call 941-746-4131, ext. 0 or visit

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South Florida Museum Memberships and Affiliations:



Staff List – 
Click name to email or call us at 
(941) 746-4131
Brynne Anne Besio 

Executive Director, ext. 18
Jack Balkan
Facility Director, ext. 26

Marilyn Margold

Director of Living Collections, ext. 20 

Jeff Rodgers

Planetarium/Education Director, ext. 22 

Martha Wells

Development Director, ext. 35

Matt Woodside

Director of Exhibitions and Chief Curator, ext. 37


Tiffany Birakis

Assistant Curator of Exhibitions & Collections, ext. 16

Ellen Ferraro

Visitor Services Manager, ext. 29

Susan McCarthy

Program Coordinator, ext. 13


Scott Odell

Maintenance Technician, ext. 50

Annual Fund Manager, ext. 11
Development Researcher, ext. 51
Jessica Schubick
Communications Manager, ext. 14

Curator of Education, ext. 31 
Administrative and Development Coordinator, ext. 17

Kris Williamson

Museum Educator, ext. 12

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