Past Exhibit

February 2011 – March 2012



The Hanson Family Archives is a collection of more than 1,000 historic documents and images from 1884 to the mid 20th century, passed down through five generations of one of Fort Myers’ first families.


This exhibit displayed some of the early photographs from the Seminole-Miccosukee Indians recorded by W. Stanley Hanson ( 1883-1945), dubbed “the White Medicine Man,” who was a trusted advisor to the Indians from the early part of the 20th century until his death in 1945. With the permission of his tribal friends, he recorded their lives in hundreds of photographs, writings and drawings, illuminating a world that had been invisible to outsiders.


This exhibit was made possible by the generosity of Woody Hanson, fifth generation Fort Myers resident and the grandson of W. Stanley Hanson.