Meet Bre­anne Hast­ings

Ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor speaks on how the only his­tor­i­cal mu­seum dedicated to Cape Coral is evolv­ing

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For more than 60 years, the Cape Coral His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety & Mu­seum has been dedicated to pre­serv­ing and doc­u­ment­ing the his­tory of the area, start­ing with the Calusa In­di­ans and work­ing up to to­day’s mod­ern era. But changes are afoot at the mu­seum this sum­mer. Staff and vol­un­teers are hard at work up­dat­ing the mu­seum’s ex­hibits and or­ga­niz­ing its im­mense col­lec­tion of ar­ti­facts. The mu­seum will be closed in July for ren­o­va­tions but will re­open in Au­gust. “Upon re­open­ing, we will be of­fer­ing more ex­cit­ing things for vis­i­tors to en­joy,” says Bre­anne Hast­ings, the mu­seum’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor. The mu­seum is al­ready of­fer­ing more com­mu­nity events and fundrais­ers, notes Hast­ings. “Plus, we added new board mem­bers and just opened a new gift shop.” The mu­seum’s ex­hibits in­clude not just the tra­di­tional dis­plays in­side, but also what’s out­side the build­ing, such as the Florida-friendly land­scap­ing that weaves around the prop­erty and is man­aged by the Florida Mas­ter Gar­den­ers, as well as the rose gar­den that is man­aged by the Gar­den Club of Cape Coral.

Ann Marie O’Phelan is a South­west Florida res­i­dent and a reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor to TOTI Me­dia.

Staff and vol­un­teers are hard at work up­dat­ing the mu­seum’s ex­hibits and or­ga­niz­ing its im­mense col­lec­tion of ar­ti­facts.

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