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Cape pioneer and author sets two book signings

By Staff | Nov 12, 2011

For many, the history of Cape Coral begins when Leonard and Jack Rosen decided to slice the peninsula into bite sized chunks, dig miles of canals and sell it all as a “Waterfront Wonderland.”

But for Betsy Zeiss Lewis, Cape Coral’s story is a rich tapestry that extends both beyond the Rosens and before them; from the days when Ponce De Leon explored Charlotte Harbor to the first meetings of the Cape Coral Civic Association, Zeiss Lewis chronicled that story in “The Other Side of the River.”

That book told the Cape’s story through the mid 1960s, but Zeiss Lewis wasn’t done.

She picks up where she left off with her new book, “Around and About Cape Coral”, which chronicles the Cape from 1965 – 1980.

It also chronicles her own role in the formation and continuation of Cape Coral as a young community, including raising money for a library, founding the Little Acorns and attending the Cape Coral Historical Society’s initial meeting.

“The community grew so rapidly in that time period and I was involved in some of things that helped it to grow,” Zeiss Lewis said.

The author will be in town for two days to support her new book.

On Sunday, from 1 – 4 p.m., Zeiss Lewis is appearing at the Cape Coral Historical museum for a meet-and-greet and a book signing.

On Monday, Zeiss Lewis will be at the Cape Coral Library starting at 1 p.m.

The books will be on sale for $19.95 and Zeiss Lewis said she’s just trying to cover her expenses.

Now living in Atlantic Beach, a community in Duval County. Zeiss Lewis, 89, will make the trek herself to Cape Coral.

Owning a copy of the book won’t be a disappointment she said, as it’s both informational and entertaining.

“It’s lighthearted, gently amusing in parts and they might learn something,” she said.

For more information contact the Cape Coral Historical Museum at 772-7037