Southwest Florida Historical Society


On the second Thursday of every month the SWFLHS holds a meeting with a guest speaker on topics relevant to the Southwest Florida area. The meeting starts at 7pm with social/refreshment gathering starting at 6:30pm. Meetings are held at the Southwest Florida Museum of History in downtown Fort Myers at 2031 Jackson St.


June 11, 2015: Liston Bochette

Fort Myers High School graduate Liston Bochette has traveled the world as an athlete, Olympic official and educator since his days as a track and field standout in the 1970s. He set and still holds the decathlon record at the University of Florida. He competed for Puerto Rico in the winter Olympics in the bobsled and has been a leader of the World Olympians Association.

Bochette comes from one of Fort Myers' most prominent families. His family owns two homes near the Edison & Ford Winter Estates.

July 9, 2015: Artis Henderson

Fort Myers High School graduate Artis Henderson is a highly regarded writer whose memoir, Unremarried Widow, received rave reviews. “Gold star work,” according to a New York Times review. The book is about her life with her late husband, Miles, a helicopter pilot who was killed in Iraq in 2006. She also recounts how she coped and moved on after his death. She was 26 at the time.

Henderson has written for the New York Times and has a column in Florida Weekly. Henderson has an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a graduate degree from Columbia. The writer has lived in New York City and spent lots of time in France but she has returned to Fort Myers and now resides in Dean Park.

The highlight of the year and the main fund raiser for the SWFLHS is held in February. The dinner highlights Cracker cooking and features a distinguished guest speaker after the dinner. There are also raffles and silent auctions during the evening to help raise money for the Society.

This year Woody Hanson shared "Stories about Fort Myers". The dinner and program were held at the Riverside Community Center, 3061 East Riverside Drive.

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