While a lot of us know about the history of the Glades as handed down by our grandparents through their grandparents, it is our responsibility to our children to provide them with the rich history of where we live. Right here in Belle Glade there is a tribute to those who came before us, The Lawrence E. Will Museum. The Museum of the Glades explores and interprets the “total Glades experience.” It is the first-ever comprehensive museum exhibition which includes the history and cultural heritage of the people who have lived here from 5,000 years ago to the present. It also includes the unique watershed, its plants, mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and insects. Accordingly, in the exhibition they are called “The People of the Water.”
The Florida Humanities Council helped fund a middle-school curriculum that is called “We Were Here” to teach students about the people, about archaeological practice, and about the process of making historical inferences from available data. The curriculum was prepared by Catherine Smith. Ms. Smith is an educator and an FAU-trained anthropologist/archaeologist who specializes in the people of the Belle Glade Culture. She has written history curricula for the Palm Beach County School District and is a senior resident at the Lawrence E. Will Museum. Her curriculum can be downloaded here.
Our children have a mind-expanding opportunity to explore The People of the Water—people who once walked in the very places we live in today so they will never forget where we came from.
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The Lawrence E. Will Museum is located at 530 S Main St, Belle Glade, FL 33430. Hours of operation are from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Wednesday- Saturday.