History in CynemaScope

The narratives in “History in CynemaScope” are not chronological histories; they are random time travel to different periods and places in, or linked to, the history of the U.S.A. Like a good historical novel or period film, these stories allow you to imaginatively relive the past, but unlike novels and films, your experiences of past events and eras in American history will be as accurate in detail and fact as the scholarly histories, diaries and memoirs upon which they are based.

History, however, even based upon the facts as we believe them to be, is open to interpretation, so you are welcome to comment on any experience you have here.

I believe that the only people who are not interested in history are the people who don’t know any. The history of the human race is our story, and in that ongoing tragicomedy, there’s never been a dull moment.

The Slater Saw Mill (1/20/2019) - “Three [railway] carloads of materials for the new sawmill above the water tank at Samville were moved over the new …

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Powered by S.T.E.A.M. (11/13/2017) - Chris Pendleton will retire from her position as president and CEO of the Edison-Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers at …

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The FLorida FLing (10/8/2017) - ACL Railway station on Jackson Street, Fort Myers, FL – circa 1925 During the post-WWI Florida real estate boom of …

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Florence Keen Sansom’s Legacy of Art (8/6/2017) - All images of art courtesy Denége Patterson In 2010, local author and historian, Denége Patterson, published (with Peppertree Press) Edisonia …

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The Voice of Fort Myers (7/16/2017) - When WINK-TV went on air for the first time in 1954, the face that appeared on the small screens of …

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Growing Glads (4/23/2017) -   Fort Myers, Florida, was once known as the gladiolus capital of the world. Gladiolus farms, especially in the Iona …

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LA FLORÍDA, ISLAND IN THE OCEAN SEA (4/16/2017) - In the mid-morning of Thursday, March 3, Don Juan was rowed out to his ship in the port of San …

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Mound Key, Silent Monarch (2/12/2017) - Dr. Ryan Wheeler, former Florida state archaeologist and current director of the R. S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology at the …

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Surviving Mosquitoes (9/4/2016) - The Little Fly “Mosquito” is the Spanish word for “little fly.” Indeed, mosquitoes belong to the order of fly called …

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Flushing Lake Okeechobee (7/17/2016) - WHOSE IDEA WAS IT, ANYWAY? To paraphrase an old joke, when you’re up to your whatever in sewage, it’s difficult …

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The Florida Colonies in 1776 (7/3/2016) - Any reference to Florida’s role in the American revolution must be parenthetical, like, (Meanwhile, down in Florida) … Our story …

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Excavating Cuba (4/10/2016) - “Havana lies 250 miles straight south of Pine Island Sound. It’s a 2-day sail, if the wind is just right.” …

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Beverley (3/20/2016) - From any angle you look at it, her life makes a good story. The headline could read Fort Myers Native …

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Fort Valentine (2/14/2016) - On Valentine’s Day in 1850, a U.S. Army fort was established on the south bank of the Caloosahatchee River in …

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Christmas on Microfilm (12/28/2015) - On November 22, 1884, newspaper editor Stafford Cleveland published the first issue of the Fort Myers Press (predecessor of the …

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A Calusa Thanksgiving (11/22/2015) - 1621, PLYMOUTH, MASSACHUSETTS On a russet November day in 1621, in Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts, just across the bay from Cape …

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Landfall (10/11/2015) - At about 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 11, 1492, a native of an island over four thousand miles west, south-west …

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View from a Barber’s Chair (8/23/2015) - Photo of Blake Landrum in one of his barber chairs Throughout the past 84 years in the history of downtown …

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PRELUDE TO REVOLUTION (6/28/2015) - For the hanging, they chose a hill overlooking the Eno River, just outside the town of Hillsborough, North Carolina. William …

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The Most Romantic Town in Florida (6/7/2015) - THE MOST ROMANTIC TOWN IN FLORIDA As June is traditionally the month for weddings, it seems an appropriate time to …

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THE CHINA CUP (3/29/2015) - The history of Fort Myers, Florida, has been woven into the narrative thread of many a novel. The story of …

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Crossroads in Time (7/10/2014) - Glimpses into seven centuries of life on the approximate site of the Concord Motor Speedway in Concord, NC A.D. 1566 …

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