Events at the Historical Society of Sarasota County

Our Calendar of Events for the 2014 season is here. Click for a printable version.

In the 2012-2013 winter season, running from October to April, we enjoyed:

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.

For the 2012-2013 Conversations, we enjoyed:Tuesday, October 9, 2012: The Old Gray Mayors. Moderator, Kelly Kirschner, former Mayor. This event got RAVE reviews from Sarasotans!
Tuesday, November 13, 2012: Newtown Before and After Integration. Moderator, County Commissioner Carolyn Mason. A “no-holds-bar evening of interest” said the media.
Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012: Brother in The Shadow, Charles Ringling. A lecture by Ron McCarty, Curator of Ca’ d’ Zan and Deborah Walk, Curator of the Museum of The Circus. Standing-room only crowd, and bustling crowds in the Gift Shop beforehand!
Tuesday, January 15, 2013: How We Became an Art Colony. Moderator, Kay Kipling, SARASOTA Magazine. Artists, history fans, and more all showed up for this discussion, exhibit and slide show!
Tuesday, February 12, 2013: Pay Dirt – When and How Sarasota Became a Real Estate Destination. Fascinating discussion on just about every neighborhood we could think of, and how and when it developed.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013: Why We Look The Way We Do. A discussion of architectural styles that characterize Sarasota. Moderator, Harold Bubil, Real Estate Editor of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. SRO crowd!
Tuesday, April 9, 2013: A City of the Performing Arts.  A discussion of how Sarasota evolved into a cultural destination and became famous for its performing arts.  A warm and engaging panel full of laughter and drama. What a treat!

Monthly Meetings:

All of HSOSC monthly meetings in the Crocker Memorial Church include Conversations at The Crocker, interactive panel discussions on topics that cover events that shaped Sarasota County’s past and continue to exert influence on its present and probably the future.

These engaging discussions are free to members and $10 to guests. 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.

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.

Seaside watercolor by Maggie Nevens, Sarasota artist.

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PAINTING AND PLANTING Our roster of Classes on the Back Porch during February and March 2012 read like a Who’s Who in the two favorite fields of artistry here in Sarasota. Our teachers are on summer hiatus but will be back, bigger and better, in Fall 2013. 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.

Tours open to the public will resume in the fall, but we are always ready to guide and narrate private tours tailored to your group’s interests  Two hour Saturday Downtown Historic Trolley Tours.
Depart from the Crocker Memorial Church at HSOSC in Pioneer Park. Free parking. Call 941-364-9076 or email for more information.

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. Be sure to join our mailing list so you can reserve your spots before we sell out. A two-decade + annual event!

Additional 2012-2013 events included

Designer Tag Sale November 17 2012 at the Historical Society of Sarasota County, 1260 12th St Sarasota FLThis biennial event was held in Crocker Memorial Church in November 2012 and is eagerly awaited by shoppers and our society decorator supporters and members. On the same day, we have Ye Olde Bookseller Sale, and the Bazaar of Bargains

Michael Lancaster, a professional potter and author talking about his new book Ringling, The Last Laugh, at the Crocker Memorial Church. The author is the great-grandson of Charles and Edith Ringling.

buttons ruby laneHIGH TEA in January is becoming a tradition! The 2013 event featured BUTTONS & BEAUS; in 2012 we saw amazing Victorian doll houses and miniatures. Live music, savories and sweets and crafts and favors to take home. Plus, the ladies get to dress up and the gentlemen get to be gentlemen.Ca'd'Zan at the Ringling Museum, as seen by the Historical Society of Sarasota County

PRIVATE BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR OF CA’D’ZAN 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,Photo from Flickr under CC license, by uberphoto.

Civil War event at HSoSCSPECIAL EVENT: February 2013 the Historical Society of Sarasota hosted Gene Jones, author of Suwannee Divide, about Florida during the Civil War, and “America’s Troubadour” Bill Shustik. Bill performed and Gene talked about the Civil War in Florida.


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 an polish two of the oldest buildings in our county.   Email:   941-364-9076
Mailing address: P O Box 1632 Sarasota, FL 34230