Michelle Wood
Naples International Film Festival, Inc.
(239) 775-3456 


Thursday October 14, 2010 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM EDT

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Naples Daily News
1100 Immokalee Road
Naples, FL 34110

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Naples Historical Society/Naples Daily News Special Presentation 

We are pleased to announce a Special Presentation of the Naples Historical Society's popular oral histories series, "If These Walls Could Talk," to be held at the Naples Daily News' new office on Immokalee Road.

The Naples Historical Society has captured on film the spirit of early Naples through the eyes of numerous pioneering families.   Join us as we commemorate this milestone in the preservation of our rich and vibrant history.

There are three Special Presentations scheduled for Thursday, October 14th.  Each one showcases a 24-minute project overview film that includes a few segments of those who generously gave their story of how their family contributed to Naples' development; Guest Speakers will help to bring the spirit of history to the Presentation!  Dozens of individual feature-length films are available for viewing only at the Naples Historical Society.

The Naples Daily News will also include a segment of the history of the Naples Daily News, and NIFF will showcase trailers for upcoming films. 

*The viewings are FREE but you must be registered to attend.


October 14th, 2 p.m. - Mary Watkins and Nick Turner

Arriving in Naples in the early 1940's as a young bride with her husband, Henry Watkins, Jr., to join her father-in-law who owned the Naples Hotel, Mary made it her mission to make other businessmen's wives feel at home in a town that had little female diversion to offer.  Her family has contributed much time and treasure to the community and continues to own and operate the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, one of the premier hotels in our area.

Nick Turner is a native Neapolitan and member of the Turner pioneering commercial fishing family.  Elisha "Pappy" Turner arrived in Naples in 1940.  His interests directed the family business to include building boats, marina and fish house operation and dredge and fill.  Nick recalls a Naples which was isolated and safe where Panthers screamed at night and one could fish for just about anything in "The Pantry."