The Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) maintains an important collection of objects, photographs, and documents at the Marco Island Historical Museum. Highlights include an extensive photographic collection, important documents related to the development of “modern Marco,” decades worth of local newspapers, and archaeological artifacts from professionally conducted excavations on or near Marco Island. Though varying in content in scope, collectively these materials help tell the 6,000 year history of Marco Island and its neighboring areas. The preservation of each object, photograph, or document means the preservation of Marco Island’s heritage itself, a duty the MIHS takes great pride and care in executing.
The MIHS collection is available to visitors on an appointment-only basis, with priority given to those with specific inquiries or research agendas. Please contact the MIHS Curator of Collections to schedule an appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I donate something to the MIHS collection?
Please see our guidelines for donation proposals. Click Here to download a PDF of the “Donation Proposal Form”. While we are actively collecting materials of historical significance from Marco Island and its neighboring areas, we do not accept walk-in donations or materials left on museum property.
How can I obtain an image from the MIHS collection?
Can I visit the MIHS collection?
Yes, collection visits are on appointment-only basis. Priority is given to those with specific inquiries or research agendas. Please contact the MIHS Curator of Collections to schedule an appointment.
I think I found an archaeological artifact. What should I do?
It is against the law to remove an artifact from private, state or federal property, and doing so destroys the vital context that can tell us more about it. The best thing to do is leave it in place. Take a picture if you have a camera with you and record notes about its location and surroundings. Do not bring it to the museum. Report your findings to the Bureau of Archaeological Research or a local Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN) office, who can provide further assistance.
For more information on Florida’s archaeology laws, please visit the following links:
Bureau of Archaeological Research: http://www.flheritage.com/archaeology/education/faq.cfm
Florida Public Archaeology Network: http://www.flpublicarchaeology.org/faq.php
If you have any additional questions about or related to our collections, please contact our Curator of Collections or submit a query using the form below.