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For Immediate Release:
October 18, 2013
Media Contact:
Cathy Guerra

Free Lecture At The Deering Estate At Cutler: ''Who Made the Everglades''

In partnership with the Archaeological Society of Southern Florida, the Deering Estate at Cutler presents a free lecture on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm. Lectures are held at the Deering Estate at Cutler’s Visitor Center located at 16701 SW 72 Avenue. The lectures are free and open to the public. 

Thursday, November 14th at 7:00 pm
Topic: “Who Made the Everglades”

Presenter: Dr. Michele Williams
Visitor Center Auditorium; FREE & open to the public.

Consider taking a walk back in time and experience the Everglades through the eyes of Dr. Michele Williams. From the Paleo-Indian period, 10,000 BCE -8,000 BCE, through the Historic period, 1750AD – 1930AD,  various populations of  Native American people navigated through and wrestled the Everglades with its unique ecosystem; marshes, dense mangroves, towering palms, alligator holes and tropical fauna. But how did it all start? This talk will explore the geological and cultural history of the Everglades. In particular, we will look at the role of early Native Americans and initial tree island formations. 

Michele Williams, Ph.D., RPA is the Director for the Southeastern Region of Florida Public Archaeology Network at Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Williams has participated in excavations throughout the southeastern United States for the past 25 years. Her specialty within archaeology is the use of plants by prehistoric Native Americans.

About the Deering Estate at Cutler

The Deering Estate at Cutler, a Miami-Dade County Park, is located at 16701 SW 72 Avenue in Miami. This 444-acre natural and archeological preserve and historic site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as a center for education, culture and recreation. Historic house tours are offered daily at 10:30 am & 3:00 pm. Natural areas tours are offered daily at 12:30 pm (October – May). EcoAdventure Tours are also offered throughout the year for an additional fee. For more information on the Deering Estate's educational and cultural programs, please visit

About the Archaeological Society of Southern Florida

The Archaeological Society of Southern Florida (ASSF) was established in 1949. The ASSF operates as a non-profit, volunteer organization which acts as a support mechanism for the office of the Miami-Dade County Archaeologist, serves as a focal point for local archaeology enthusiasts and professionals in the field, and helps to promote knowledge and appreciation of native archaeological and historical sites in the South Florida area.