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Key Marco Cat returns home

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The Key Marco Cat has returned home to the Marco Island Historical Museum, which is putting the finishing touches on a $350,000 renovation.

The project included improvements like the permanent exhibit “Paradise Found: 6,000 Years of People on Marco Island,” as well as the immersive Calusa Village and displays for the Key Marco Cat and accompanying artifacts.

On loan from the Smithsonian and UPenn, the Key Marco Cat was discovered in 1896 and is estimated to be 500-1500 years old. The wooden statue was buried in an oxygen-free layer of muck, which greatly preserved its detail.

Patricia Mills, C2 Communications

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