There are people who, without achieving fame for themselves, manage to accomplish many things on behalf of their community.  The community of Estero, Fla., can look to the legacy of Mimi Straub for just such accomplishments. Starting May 14, 2022, the Estero Historical Society opens a special exhibit, which will run through July 2 and be open to the public every Saturday from 1– 4 p.m. 

The Estero Historical Society owes its very existence to Mimi Straub, who in 1999 gathered 35 like-minded people, who didn’t want to see the area’s history disappear as boom times were filling the land with new development, and founded the Estero Historical Society. They managed to acquire and relocate the historic Hall-Collier House and the old Estero school house to their current location in Estero Park and the buildings became the museum which now houses the historical society. Mimi became the first president of EHS.

In the new exhibit visitors will learn about the life and work of a woman whose love of history and dedication to saving the artifacts and stories of the past lasted well into her 90’s. Mimi Straub passed away at the age of 100 in Estero, but her legacy lives on and inspires others even today.  Learn more by visiting the exhibit located at the Historical Society, 9285 Corkscrew Palms Blvd. in Estero Park. In addition to the 1:00 – 4;00 p.m. Saturday open houses, private tours can also be arranged for groups of up to 6 persons on Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment. Log on to and see the section called “Touring Estero History” for details.

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