Cottage Theater
Naples Oral Histories: If These Walls Could Talk!

As the community continues to grow and embrace new friends, seasonal or permanent residents, it is vital to maintain a connection with the past.

Naples Historical Society has initiated a program to identify, solicit, collect, record, film and archive family stories specific to Naples history. We accomplish this through a significant preservation initiative: Naples Oral Histories: If These Walls Could Talk!

The Cottage Theater, a charming 16-seat museum theater situated in Historic Palm Cottage, is the venue of choice to watch first-hand, feature-length oral histories captured on film for our collective educational enjoyment.

This community project focuses on researching and filming volunteer-conducted interviews of select Neapolitans that capture their 'slices of life' as it relates to Naples (early) history. This form of historic preservation is wholly endorsed by many organizations, including the International Oral History Association, Kentucky Oral History, Florida Center for Library Automation, Kentucky Oral History Society, and Smithsonian Center for Folklore & Cultural Heritage.

Admittance to The Cottage Theater is included in the Palm Cottage Tour. Society members are free to visit the theater as often as they like.

Oral history films in the Cottage Theater are shown throughout the year, Tuesday through Saturday, 1:00pm - 4:00pm.

David Weeks, a fourth generation descendant of Madison Weeks
(filmed in 2009)

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