Help Bring The Cushing Artifacts Back To The Island
The Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) is on a quest to bring home the cat — the world famous Key Marco Cat — discovered on Marco Island in 1896 by Smithsonian anthropologist Frank Hamilton Cushing.
Nearly half of a $350,000 fund-raising goal has been raised to underwrite the costs to bring home on loan the Key Marco Cat and other rare Pre-Columbian Native American artifacts discovered by Cushing.
Several of the most significant artifacts will be brought together again on Marco Island for the first time in more than 100 years for an exhibit at the Marco Island Historical Museum (MIHM) that will run from December 2018 to April 2021. The Smithsonian Institution and the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology are loaning the rare artifacts.
Now, you are invited to participate in bringing home the precious feline by joining “Team Key Marco Cat,” and making a donation. While all donations are welcome, those donating $500 or more will receive a special Key Marco Cat baseball cap, and their names will be included in a recognition plaque at the museum.
“This truly is the year of the cat,” notes MIHS Executive Director Patricia Rutledge. “We want the whole community to have an opportunity to participate in this exciting time in the history of Marco Island and Southwest Florida.”
For additional information on how you can support the return of the Key Marco artifacts, call 239-389-6447.
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