Events at the Historical Society of Sarasota County

Print out our Calendar of Events for the 2014-2015 season so you don’t miss a thing!

Our most popular gatherings are the Conversations at the Crocker: A series of interactive panel discussions on events that shaped Sarasota County’s past and continue to exert influence on its present and probably the future.

These events start at 7pm in the Crocker Memorial Church. They are FREE to Historical Society members and $10 at the door for nonmembers. Bring your friends and participate in lively and informative discussions.  All meetings start at 7 p.m. and are held in the Crocker Memorial Church. The Gift Shop is open an hour before meetings and guided tours of the Bidwell-Wood House are available.

Seaside watercolor by Maggie Nevens, Sarasota artist.

One of our most popular classes is Maggie Nevens’ “Paint Like Crazy.” Click to learn more about her.

Our roster of Classes on the Back Porch (and in the House and Church!) is always eagerly anticipated. Our teachers read like a Who’s Who here in Sarasota. Our teachers are on summer hiatus but will be back, bigger and better, in the fall. Sign up for our occasional email newsletter to be the first to know… class sizes are always limited so that each participant gets attention and instruction.  Contact our office at 941-364-9076 or email if you have questions.

Two hour Saturday Downtown Historic Trolley Tours. Check our calendar for this year’s dates.
Depart from the Crocker Memorial Church at HSOSC in Pioneer Park. Free parking. We also can host private tours for groups up to 25 participants; call us at 941-364-9076 or email us at for details.

Historical Sarasota Bay Cruise by the Historical Society of Sarasota County

Grab a seat, enjoy the Bay, hear some local stories, and help the Historical Society preserve Sarasota’s past!

HISTORICAL BAY CRUISE aboard LeBarge: Our traditional November Historical Society Bay Cruise is an expert-narrated cruise in beautiful Sarasota Bay. Learn who lived here; why Sarasota is unique on the west coast  of Florida, and how the Bay of Mexico and the gentle bays surrounding us have formed a town unlike any other in Florida.  Join our mailing list so you can reserve your spots before we sell out. A two-decade+ annual event!

Designer Tag Sale November 17 2012 at the Historical Society of Sarasota County, 1260 12th St Sarasota FLThis biennial event is eagerly awaited by shoppers and our society decorator donors and members. Not to be missed! Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 10a – 3p in the historic Crocker Memorial Church, 1260 12th Street, Sarasota FL


buttons ruby laneHigh Tea & Paintings Off Easel Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015 2p – 4 p Plein Air Artists will be painting outside while high tea is served inside. Artwork may be purchased off the walls or “off easel.” Reservations a Must !! $25Ca'd'Zan at the Ringling Museum, as seen by the Historical Society of Sarasota County

PRIVATE BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR OF CA’D’ZAN  Tuesday, January 20, 2015 Participants in this fund-raiser tour Ca’d’Zan, John Ringling’s private home, privately with Ron McCarty, Curator of the home and enjoy a private Luncheon at Treviso Restaurant on the Ringling Museum Grounds. This event, because it is for an intimate group and is always a sell-out, is for Members Only.

Photo from Flickr under CC license, by uberphoto.

In May we have our traditional Members Only PotLuck on the Porch, and Annual Meeting. Prizes for the yummiest food, so get thinking about it.

gift shop 2012 tabletopGIFT SHOP
Local, historical & handmade items plus local books from Sarasota-Manatee, in the Detached Kitchen of the Bidwell-Wood House Seasonal. 10a – 2p Mon. – Fri. plus from 6pm on our Conversations at the Crocker evenings, the 2nd Tuesday of the month from October to April and during special events.

in Pioneer Park, 1260 12th St., (just east of Tamiami Trail, just west of Cocoanut Avenue), Sarasota FL Open 10 – 2 Monday – Friday Private, guided tours and rentals welcome and help us preserve, protect and polish two of the oldest buildings in our county.   Email:  941-364-9076
Mailing address: P O Box 1632 Sarasota, FL 34230