Collier county guides you around the Historic Florida

In order to discover, or rediscover, the different facets of the cultural heritage of Florida, participate in "Viva Florida 500" this upcoming January.

If 2012 brought to light the great figures of French exploration in Florida, including Jean Ribault and René de Laudonnière Goulaine, 2013 will again focus on European influence through Juan Ponce de Leon, who named the peninsula " La Florida" in honor of the great Easter celebration.
His arrival in 1513 off the South-East coast of Florida sets the stage, once again, for an exploration of the great cultural history of the state of Florida.

On January 8, 2013, you are invited by the Museums of Collier County to participate in the ceremony of proclamation of "Viva Florida 500," to be held at 8:45 p.m. at the Collier County Board of Commissioners with the presence of the Director of Museums of Collier county, Mr. Ron Jamro, the President of "Viva Florida 500" for Collier County, Ms. Brigitte van den Hove-Smith, members of the County Board, the General Consuls of Spain and France, Ms. Christina Barrios and Mr. Gaël de Maisonneuve, respectively, and the Director of the British Council Americas, Mr.Christopher Wade.


On this day, preceding more than 50 cultural and educational events to be held for this program, guests and the public will be received at 8:45 p.m. at the Collier County Board of Commissioners by the Director of museums of Collier County, Mr. Ron Jamro and by Ms. Brigitte van den Hove-Smith, President of " Viva Florida 500" for Collier County and also Regent of the " Daughters of the American Revolution. "

These guests of honor, accompanied by Ms. Mary Margaret Gruszka, Program Coordinator of "Viva Florida 500," Ms. Madonna Crame, Vice-Regent of the "Daughters of the American Revolution," and Helene Gaillet de Neergaard, photographer and public relations manager, will be expected at an elementary school where they will be giving the prizes to children rewarded for the quality of their historical essay in the presence of Carlos Bicho, actor and comedian representing and playing Ponce de Leon.

This first work and visit by a dedicated delegation emphasizes the primary objective of this program: to share and learn about the rich history of the Florida peninsula, with its many heritages, including Native American, African-American, Spanish, English, French or even Jewish or Cuban...

This day will precede more than 50 cultural and educational events of which the majority will be free to the public.

  • The Proclamation ceremony will take place at the Collier County Board Commissioners at 3299 Tamiami Trail East, Naples, FL 34112

    Tel - 239-252-8999

  • On Tuesday January 8th, 2013, at 8:00 pm, in presence of the named authorities and the Mayor of Naples, John F Sorey III, a dinner is also organized. The $150.00 contribution will benefit the educational program of Collier County Museums, with the theme " A conquistador in the Classroom".

    Lieu : Port Royal Country Club à Naples

    Contact et réservation : 239 455 7295

  • To discover the many events of the program, open the document below:
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Last modified on 20/12/2012

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