The recently elected officers for the 2013/2014 Program Year and one three-year director will join directors Irene Doub and Addison Austin once they are installed at the May 30th Installation of Officers at LaBelle Heritage Museum’s annual membership dinner to be held on the museum grounds at 360 North Bridge Street. Addison Austin, acting as former LHM president, will install Joe Thomas as president, Elinor Jones as vice president, Ron Zimmerly as treasurer, and Martha Ratliff as secretary for one year terms as well as Lynda Rider Smith for a three year term as director.
LHM members, supporters, and their guests will enjoy a potluck dinner under the oaks at the rear of the 1913 William Hardy Poole Dry Goods Emporium that serves as the anchor of the LaBelle Heritage Museum Complex in the Downtown LaBelle Historic District. President Thomas will report on the 2012/2013 program year’s successful events and the current plans for moving the 1905 George Aiken house that served not only as the pioneer local blacksmith’s home as well as housing Paul Eddy, first editor of LaBelle’s original weekly newspaper and first Hendry County School Superintendent, before becoming home to attorney H. A. Rider who served as county attorney, Hendry County Judge, and Mayor of LaBelle over a career spanning some forty-odd years, and Rider’s 1935 law office.
The program for the May meeting will be a short overview of LaBelle’s Annual Black Heritage Festival held in May and ending with activities at Alton “Kid” Jones Park in the Ford/Sunset Park Community.
The major item will be election of officers for the 2013/2014 LaBelle Heritage Museum Program Year. President Joe Thomas and vice-president Elinor Jones have announced their candidacy for election to another one-year term. Director Lynda Rider-Smith is a candidate for a three-year term as director. Directors Irene Doub’s and Addison Austin’s seats are not up for election this year. The nominating committee, headed by Sara Townsend [675-0125], will present its slate of candidates — that also includes Martha Ratliff and Ron Zimmerly as nominees for secretary and treasurer resectively — at the meeting. Nominations from the floor will be in order if the nominee agrees in advance to serve if elected.
Only members whose dues are current will be permitted to vote. Dues may be paid that evening before the start of the business meeting.
Incoming officers and director will be installed at a potluck dinner at LaBelle Heritage Museum on Thursday, May 30, at 6 o’clock. Those attending are asked to bring a dish – entree, casserole, vegetable, salad, hors d’oeuvres, or dessert — to feed themselves and four others.
FGCU Professor Melissa Timo, Outreach Coordinator of the Southwest Region of Florida Public Archaelogy Network, will be the guest speaker at the April 4 Program Meeting of LaBelle Heritage Museum at LaBelle City Hall starting at 7 o’clock. Prof. Timo will speak on sailing ships and the boats that plied Lake Okeechobee and the Caloosahatchee River when water traffic was our Rapid Transit System. A short business meeting will follow the break for refreshments at the end of Prof. Timo’s presentation.
LABELLE, FL. — Carolyn Dozier-Ford, daughter of legendary local African American entrepreneur Daisy Dozier, and Martha Singleton, widow of revered LaBelle City Commissioner James Singleton, will be featured at the March 7 program meeting of LaBelle Heritage Museum at City Hall, 481 West Hickpochee Avenue, starting at 7 o’clock.
The La Belle Heritage Museum
360 North Bridge Street
LaBelle, FL 33935
Post Office Box 2846, LaBelle, FL 33975-2846
Phone (863) 674-0034
Museum Hours through August 3, 2013:
FRIDAYS ~ 10 AM – 4 PM
SATURDAYS ~ 10 AM — 1 PM
No Regularly Scheduled Hours August 5, 2013 Through Labor Day, But Special Tours Available For Groups Of 5 Or More With 24 Hours Minimum Advance Notice By Phone Or E-Mail.
Groups and school classes are welcome! To schedule a group tour, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 863-674-0034 and leave a message with your name and contact information.
Museum Program Meetings held the first Thursday of each month September thru May at 7:00 PM in the LaBelle City Commission Chambers, LaBelle City Hall, 481 W. Hickpochee Avenue (Highway 80 West) in LaBelle, “Belle of the Caloosahatchee River”. Park at rear of building and enter directly into the Commission Chambers.
To learn of other upcoming activities, go to the “Calendar of Events” page, email email@example.com or call 863-674-0034 for recorded messages .
1. If alarm is off, turn it on unless someone will always be near the door
2. Open the lights, including table lamps etc.
3. Open the blinds (Don’t raise them)
4. Set A/C to 76 upstairs and downstairs; fan to auto (If this is not cool enough, set at comfortable temp, but be sure to set the thermostat back to 80 before you leave)
5. Make sure all exits are accessible: unlock key–lock deadbolt on back door.
6. Check the restrooms:
Check TP and paper towels
Dry up any water spots
Do a general “clean up”
7. Make a general inspection:
Dust places that need it
8. Put flags and rockers on the porch
9. Display the “OPEN” sign
1. Check the restrooms
2. Set the A/C at 80 degrees
3. Check and lock back door/upstairs doors if used
4. Close the blinds
5. Close the lights
6. Bring in Flags and rockers
7. Make sure everyone is gone
8. Lock front door and leave alarm “on”
9. Flip “Open” sign to “Closed”
Joe Thomas is Docent every Monday, Tuesday and Saturday from 9am to noon. If anyone has some time and wishes to help Joe – I am sure he will appreciate the help Continue reading
LABELLE ORAL HISTORY STUDY
Name of person on DVD ____________________________________________
Person ordering DVD _______________________________________________
Phone # _________________________________________________________
Fee must be paid at time of submitting your order.
Cost of DVD $20.00 _____________
Shipping if requested _____________
The DVD copies of individual interview are now available at the LaBelle Hertiage Museum at 360 Bridge Street. This is a list of the persons that were interviewed.. please print the order form or get a form from the museum. Continue reading
Margaret England and Joe Thomas are working on setting up a walking tour of LaBelle featuring the old buildings and their stories. More will be posted as this project progresses.