A museum is "devoted to works of nature, art and curiosities," while a historical society is "for the preservation of historical records and facts."
The Historical Society Research Center is located on the campus of the Lee County Alliance for the Arts on the Southeast corner of McGregor Blvd. and Colonial Blvd. Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon on Wednesday and Saturday.
Please phone ahead and let us know your needs at (239) 939-4044.
The objectives of the all-volunteer non-profit society are:
- To discover, collect and preserve original and significant documents, maps and photographs pertaining to the history of Southwest Florida:
- To promote historical research and to preserve and perpetuate historical sites:
- To bring together those interested in the history of this area;
- To promote and stimulate public interest and appreciation of the history of this area;
- And to further the preservation and knowledge of Southwest Florida's past.
At the Research Center, you can ...
- research local history in the archives and library
- browse historic photos of places, buildings, and people
- consult "family" files and unpublished documents for genealogical research
- consult historic maps, land documents, and government records (e.g., Lee County Tax Collector payment records for 1897 and 1904, complete with paid taxes on real property and legal description)
- browse the bookstore for difficult-to-find publications
- and much more.
Researchers are urged to visit the research center during regular hours or to arrange for a special appointment for access to the archives. The society, at this time, does not have sufficient staff to provide research via email. Researchers planning to obtain digital files on their initial visit are advised to bring a flash drive.