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Bonita Springs History Society: History book sales bring crowd to Liles Hotel
By Allison Fortuna   - 02/19/2009

Naples Daily News

The Bonita Springs Historical Society hosted a widely-attended event to introduce the public to a new history book from Arcadia Press. "Images of America — Bonita Springs," brought pioneer family members, locals and seasonal residents to the Liles Hotel to purchase this picture-rich book and sepia tone postcards. Held in conjunction with "Evening in The Park," the reception lasting almost three hours saw more traffic throughout the building than at any other event this year. On the first floor, 21 new pieces of artwork, submitted by Art League artists, were on display featuring historic subjects from well known homes to familiar faces to iconic buildings like the old Dixie Moon Cafe and the Liles Hotel. The latter was generously donated to the society and is a beautiful addition to a growing collection. Also purchased by the society was a painting of the 1947 Post Office, which is now Engel’s Bicycles.

Upstairs, more than 130 books were purchased and then signed by authors Chris Wadsworth, a local journalist, and Allison Fortuna, society member. Enthusiasm for Bonita’s newest history book was expressed by all who eagerly awaited its release. Long-time pioneer residents like Jean Hogue, Byron Liles and Don Trew were anxious to see the book they had consulted on months ago. Through the generous contribution of many individuals with roots in Bonita Springs, new images fill the pages. Readers will find a combination of historical facts and humorous anecdotes from Bonita’s early years.

The new Arcadia history book will continue to be for sale through the society on Thursday afternoons from 1 to 3 at the Liles Hotel and during monthly "Evening in The Park," held the second Friday of the month. Events such as Walk Bonita, Celebrate Bonita and others will also feature book sales. This is a significant fund raiser for the society. If you know someone who is looking to purchase this exciting pictorial history book, please encourage them to buy from the historical society. For more information, call 992-6997.




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