Meet the Authors of "Female Pioneers of Fort Myers" at Edison Ford Shoppe in Bell Tower Shops



Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
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Meet the Authors of "Female Pioneers of Fort Myers" at Edison Ford Shoppe in Bell Tower Shops

FORT MYERS, Fla. (April 5, 2016) -- On April 16, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., authors Tom Hall and Robin Tuthill will talk about their book, "Female Pioneers of Fort Myers: Women Who Made a Difference in the City's Development" at the Edison Ford Shoppe in Bell Tower Shops. They also will be available to sign copies of the book, which can be purchased at the Edison Ford Shoppe in Bell Tower or the Museum Store at Edison & Ford Winter Estates. 

The book includes "short bios and all kinds of interesting facts and vignettes about the 24 women who helped settle our town, keep it from being abandoned, and transform it from a crude, rough-and-tumble cow town of the late 19th century into a modern-day commercial, cultural and tourist destination," said Hall. "For myriad reasons, the names and accomplishments of these female visionaries were largely relegated to footnotes and parentheticals in the annals that recounted the achievements of their male counterparts." 

Coinciding with the book signing is the Founding Females Portrait Exhibit running through May 27 at the estates. The exhibit "puts a face with the names of the women who settled in Fort Myers in the years following the end of the Civil War," said Hall. For more information contact Edison & Ford Winter Estates at 239-334-7419 or visit


Edison & Ford Winter Estates 
Edison Ford is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Edison Ford has been awarded the National Stewardship Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It is an official project of “Save America’s Treasures," a Florida Historic Landmark and a National Register Historic Site. Recently, the Edison Botanical Laboratory was designated as a National Historic Chemical Landmark. For additional information call 239-334-7419 or visit the website at