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What a great 2013-2014 season we had! We’re wrapping it up with our traditional Annual Meeting and Pot Luck Picnic on Saturday May 10.
Meeting and election of officers begins at 11am in Crocker Memorial Church, followed by a Pot Luck (bring a dish to share) on our beautiful breezy porches of the Bidwell-Wood House. Members only, please.

We are currently planning our renowned lecture series Conversations at the Crocker, events, and land and sea tours for 2014-2015. If you have suggestions, contacts, or ideas, we invite you to submit them by email to hsosc1@gmail.com (please note, this is a new email address for our Site Manager.)

The Historical Society's shop, as portrayed by Ginger Mermin, renowned artist and past Board member of the Society

The Historical Society’s gift shop, by Ginger Mermin, renowned artist and past Board member. The shop specializes in local artists, craftspeople, and authors, with unique-to-Sarasota-County treasures. And all proceeds help fund the Historical Society!

During our 2013-2014 “season,” from September to April, we hosted many events, the majority of which were full to capacity! See what went on: the 2013-2014 Calendar of Events: Click here and our Classes in the Park for 2013-14.

For more about this past season, check out our Blog.

We are currently planning both our renowned lecture series Conversations at the Crocker, events, and our land and sea tours for 2014-2015. If you have suggestions, contacts, or ideas, we invite you to submit them by email to hsosc1@gmail.com (please note, this is a new email address for our Site Manager.)

THROUGH THE PORTALS OF THE PAST WE VIEW THE FUTURE

The Bidwell-Wood House, the oldest residence in Sarasota County, is the headquarters of The Historical Society of Sarasota County

The Bidwell-Wood House is the oldest residence in Sarasota County, built in 1882.

SARASOTA – Native tribes claimed this land. Explorers sailed the bays. Through the years of Seminole Indian Wars, the coming of the hardy pioneers who fished the waters and cultivated the land, the Crackers who herded the cattle, and the visionaries who built a city unique in its diversity, Sarasota remains a home to be desired; a place of proud heritage.

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Crocker Memorial Church dates from the first days of the 20th century

Crocker Memorial Church, built in 1901.

We acknowledge and are grateful for the sacrifices made and creative energies expended by those who came before us. We admire and pay homage to all of those who labored to form this Sarasota home. Conserving our heritage is the Historical Society’s primary concern. Beginning in 1927 with a citizens group’s collection of historical materials and the forming of the Office of County Historian in the early 1950’s, a Sarasota County Historical Society evolved in 1959. The Society reorganized in 1977 as a not-for-profit corporation.
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The Historical Society of Sarasota County has a blog

The Mission of the Historical Society of Sarasota County is to foster public awareness of the rich historical heritage of Sarasota County and the state of Florida, encourage inquiry and research into this history, promote collection and preservation of memorabilia, develop a broader appreciation of its historical communities, and protect its historic sites and structures.

Just north of historical downtown Sarasota, HSoSC is located in Pioneer Park on 12th Street just east of Tamiami Trail

Click for the larger map and directions

Membership in The Historical Society of Sarasota County is open to any person interested in the history of this area and the State of Florida upon payment of dues. The Historical Society is a 501(C) (3) non-profit organization. Donations are tax deductible. Click here for our membership form, print it, mail it, and join us today! Those wishing to pay tribute to family or friends through contributions are encouraged to contact us for details. Phone: 941-364-9076 Call today and become a part of history.

Note: On our site and social media pages, we use illustrations and vintage photographs to engage and amuse. Some of these images are stored and preserved by governmental bodies and/or private non-profit historical or genealogical groups. We mention these sources when feasible; if we cannot specifically verify the originator of an electronic image, we invite them to contact us so that we may publish an Internet original source for said image.