The Mennello Museum in Orlando was the first venue to showcase our new exhibition based on the memoirs of Rob Storter (1894-1987), published in 2000 as the book “Crackers in the Glade.” Rob Storter came from a family of early settlers in the small village of Everglade. He was a self-taught artist and sketched pictures of his rural lifestyle and environment and annotated them with stories, often bemoaning the wilderness that was being lost to development.
The exhibit is now available to Museums and Galleries who are interested in telling the story of the "Never No More: Storter's Southwest Florida."
The Rob Storter Traveling Exhibit was organized by the Friends of the Museum of the Everglades and the Collier County Museum in Naples.
For more information about the Storter Collection, call Patty Huff at (239) 695-2397 or email at email@example.com.
THE STORTER COLLECTION
"History Through Folk Art"
Rob Storter was a son of Robert Bembery Storter, one of the early settlers in the village of Everglade. As a child, Rob sailed with his father to Key West to sell produce and buy supplies. As an adult, he fished commercially and guided sportsmen.
Rob was a talented artist and enjoyed sketching pictures of the places he knew. He annotated them with little stories, often bemoaning the natural wilderness that had been lost to development. He also carved and made wooden models. His memoirs were captured by his grandaughter in a popular book "Crackers in the Glade", published in 2000.
A collection of over 300 of Rob's sketches and artifacts was acquired in 2004 by the Friends who loaned some of the items for traveling exhibits to the Bonita Springs Historical Society and the Historical Museum of Southern Florida.
The Friends of the Museum of the Everglades donated the Storter Collection to Collier County Museums in 2007.