Dennis LeTendre is the new historian at the Museum of the Islands, according to MOTI President Rebeca Brown.
LeTendre has traveled the world exploring and on business. He has been deep in the Amazon region, spending time learning the ways of the Achuar tribe. He has visited many Mayan and Incan ruins throughout the Americas, as well as he is a project manager (Andes Region) for "Engineers Without Borders," a non-profit organization that builds potable water and wastewater systems for small disadvantaged communities throughout the world. He recently completed a consulting project in Paris, Brussels and Berlin. LeTendre grew up in South Florida, and has been a "waterman" all his life. Scuba diving, fishing and boating are his passions, as well as Florida history.
He said he believes that the Museum of The Islands can become a strong community resource for recording and teaching the great history of the Pine Island Sound area. He seeks to increase the participation for locals and tourists alike, with more scheduled activities and presentations, for adults and students alike. He believes the Museum of The Islands will become a key element to teach and bring together all walks of life to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the history of the area.
LeTendre started his career as an evidence control specialist for crime labs. He has trained many police departments in Mexico, and Colombia and controlling a crime scene, as well as evidence management. He went on to get an electronic engineering degree at FIU, and graduate courses at Rice University. He has specialized over the years in the tracking and quality management of shipping pharmaceutical, fresh produce and food. He is a certified loss prevention specialist.
He has visited many Seminole war forts and Calusa mounds throughout Florida. He has also participated in many Native American ceremonies, including the Sundance and Ghost Dance. He still has relatives living on the Alexis Sioux Reserve in Alberta, Canada. He has traced his father's family back all the way to 1642.