History with an Attitude
Bringing the island’s historical figures to life has become a distinguishing feature of the Marco Island Historical Society since 1998. The idea began almost 15 years ago when Betsy Perdichizzi’s one woman performances portraying Tommie Barfield, Queen of Marco Island, were so successful that it was shown three times to large crowds at the Marco Library, one night during a torrential downpour. “Tea with Tommie Barfield” was created and presented at the Marco Hilton Hotel and the United Church of Marco. The raffles and ticket sales raised over $2,200. Proceeds from these events established a museum fund before there was a museum.
The presentations also inspired some members, both men and women, to try their hand in acting, bringing other historical figures to life. Then known as the Historical Players they made appearances at many clubs and organizations on and off the island, schools, churches and hotels. In 2010, under the leadership of Betsy Perdichizzi and Eleanor Burnham, Evelyn Case, and Marion Nicolay the name was changed to “MIHS Historical Re-enactors” not to be confused with the Marco Island Players. Upon request, the group offers a variety of presentations to the public, pro bono for the schools. Our presentations have often been used by other organizations to raise money for their events.
We have on many occasions just dressed up in period clothes such for Old Florida Days, Old Marco Days or Christmas Parades. If you ever thought you might like to dress up and be somebody else, please join us! We need men, women and children. Please call the MIHS at 239-642-1440 and ask for information.
|The re-enactors were busy during the 2014-15 Season. The duo of Kathy and Ed Miracco, portraying the Drs. Olds, made three presentations this season. They included the Noontime Rotary of Marco Island, the American Association of University Women and the Panalenic Group of Naples. Each of the presentations were well received and provided the audiences with information of life on Marco during the early part of the 20th century for two doctors and their three daughters. Ed and Kathy were also in character during the opening of the Julian Dimock Exhibit (photo to right) This photographic display included three photos taken of the Olds girls while Dimock and his father visited with them on Marco Island.