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...Coming in December!

Holiday decorations, Photo Contest and “Official“ drop-off location for Letters to Santa! Follow us on Facebook for the latest updates as they become available.
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Blacksmithing Demos

Blacksmithing returns to the park courtesy of by Steve Kalb of Kalb Ironworks! 9 am - 12 pm, Saturday November 28 and December 12 by the Cast Iron Cafe.

Had a "Spook-tacular" Halloween at Koreshan State Park!

A BIG thank you to talented artist Gary Longordo for creating the photo-op boards and life-size portraits of Cyrus Teed and Victoria Gratia, and all the volunteers who made Halloween in the Park possible!


Volunteer Spotlight: Jane Elizabeth Munson Hogg

Although born and raised in “small-town” Midwest, Jane has led anything but a small-town life. She earned her BA in history and English from Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) where she also worked for the chairman of History Department. She taught History and English in Jackson, Kentucky before attending earning an MA in History at the University of Miami. After another history teaching stint back in the Midwest, she returned to EKU to become curator of the J. T. Dorris Museum. She returned to Jackson, Kentucky when she married where, with the help of the high school art teacher, designed and created the Breathitt County Museum.
      
She and her husband eventually moved to Bonita Springs, Florida where she served for a time as president of the Bonita Springs Historical Society and started volunteering at Koreshan, then called Koreshan State Historical Site. After her mother and husband passed, she moved to Glen Alpine, North Carolina where she bought and operated a bed and breakfast.
 
In her retirement, she moved to Morganton, North Carolina where she volunteered at an archeology site and helped with the cleaning and logging of the artifacts and “4th grade Archeology Day” at the native village in one of the parks. She later moved to St. Louis, Missouri, to live with her grandson and help raise his daughter. 
 
When he remarried, she returned to volunteering and sold (nearly) everything, bought a small Sprinter RV and Fiat to tow it, returned to Florida and started volunteering at Koreshan State Park and Myakka River State Park where she is researching the history of the CCC camps that created the park, working in the visitor center, and is a “story teller.”

To celebrate the coming of the Koreshans to Estero, Jane organized the first Ghost Walk in 1994 and wrote the skit. She based it on the Ghost Walks in Richmond, Kentucky at the historic home of the Abolitionist Cassius Marcellus Clay. According to Jane, "It (the skit) might have been crude, but it was used for years!"  Jane also wrote the first guest booklet, researching it on her own, years before the state had the Koreshan archives. 

Jane loves the volunteering life and, in the off-season, visiting family and friends and exploring new places. 

Attention Photographers and Videographers!
 
Have you photographed or filmed/videoed in Koreshan State Park? Send us your images and footage for possible inclusion on our new website, newsletters and popular Facebook page! If selected, you will have your photos and videos/films featured with a link to your website and/or Facebook page. Nature/landscape/architectural shots and videos preferred, but all submissions will be considered. Send your photos (at least 2000px wide please) or, if you have video or film, a link to your work to friendsofkoreshan@gmail.com. Please include your Facebook URL and handle and/or website address, and follow us on Facebook to see if your work was selected! When shooting in the park, please adhere to our photographer regulations and remember to practice social distancing.

Become a Friend of the Koreshans!

Friends of Koreshan State Park enjoy free park admission, retail discounts, member-only special events and outings, their own newsletter among other perks!  We have three levels of memberships you can explore here.

Support Friends of Koreshan State Park

Your generous tax-deductible contributions to the Friends of Koreshan help us continue our mission to support Koreshan State Park. Please contribute by donating, volunteering your timepurchases from our online store, or shopping on AmazonSmile and GoodShop to donate a percentage of your purchases to the Friends.
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Podcast: Welcome to Florida: The Cult of Cyrus Teed

by Author and Podcaster Craig Pittman

Great interview by Craig Pittman (pictured above) with Lyn Millner who recalls the Koreshan cult, which, among other things, believed the earth was hollow and that their founder, Cyrus Teed, was immortal. Continue reading or click here to listen to Craig's podcast.

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Estero FL 33928
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