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Koreshan Unity president Hedwig Michel standing next to the founder's home at the Koreshan State Historic Site park in Estero, Florida.

Koreshan Unity president Hedwig Michel standing next to the founder's home at the Koreshan State Historic Site park in Estero, Florida.

Credit this photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/255149
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Title

  • Koreshan Unity president Hedwig Michel standing next to the founder's home at the Koreshan State Historic Site park in Estero, Florida.

Image Number

  • KOR0217

Year

  • Not before 1961

Series Title

General Note

  • Dr. Cyrus R. Teed's utopian community of 200 followers began relocating from Chicago, Illinois to Florida in 1894. Dr. Teed took the name "Koresh," the Hebrew translation for Cyrus, meaning shepherd. The colonists believed that the entire universe existed within a giant, hollow sphere. The Koreshans built and operated a printing facility, boat works, cement works, sawmill, bakery, store and hostelry. After the death of Dr. Teed in 1908 at the age of 69, membership of his religious group began to decline. In 1961, the four remaining members deeded 305 acres of their land to the state of Florida as a park and memorial. The Koreshan Unity Settlement Historic District, a.k.a. Koreshan Unity State Park, was later added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.

    Biography Note

  • Hedwig Michel was born in Frankfurt, Germany on March 29, 1892. She became president of Koreshan Unity in 1960 upon the death of president Laurie Bubbett.

Physical Description

  • 1 photoprint - col. - 8 x 8 in.

Subject Term

Geographic Term

Personal Subject

Subject Corporate

Shelf Number

  • Location: 3M3301.

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