Category Archives: History Fun

Planning the 2014-2015 events at HSoSC

Your board and interested members are currently planning the upcoming season’s events. Be sure to sign up for email notification of our blog posts (top of the right-hand column on this page, where it says “Get us by email”) so … Continue reading

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Florida… audibly!

Back in the day (this photo is from the 1920′s) buying a radio was important enough to be transacted in a showroom complete with Oriental rugs. Music is more accessible to us today. It’s in our cars, our pockets, and … Continue reading

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Siesta Beach, July 4 1923

How hot were the sands of Siesta on July 4 1923? 112 mph, that’s how hot! Mr. O’Neal came within 3 MPH of breaking the world’s motorcycle speed record as he roared down Sarasota (Siesta) Key Beach on his Harley … Continue reading

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Springing Forward: Did you?

Did you remember to spring forward today? Just a friendly, vintage reminder! The best reason to love DST in Sarasota? Enough time to get to the beach and watch the sunset! To read more about the history of Daylight Savings … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving from the Historical Society

In 1863 Thanksgiving became our third national holiday alongside Washington’s birthday and Independence Day. NPR’s audio report on recreating a Thanksgiving dinner in the style of 1863. Boil a tender, nice piece of beef — any piece that is clear … Continue reading

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The TRUE story of Pirates!

You know that we’re having Pirates and Pioneers Day at the Historical Society on Saturday November 16, a family-oriented day filled with music, presentations, pirates in costume (you dress up too, if you dare!), arts and crafts for the kids, … Continue reading

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Give me a tinkle…

Remember when people used to say “give me a tinkle” when they meant “call me on the phone”? Well, we’re asking you to drop a dime and call the Historical Society to reserve your spot on this fall’s exciting events. … Continue reading

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An historic look at Sarasota County

If it’s too wet or too hot some day soon, take a comfy meander through the archives of the Sarasota news, courtesy of Google News. You never know what you might find… like

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Rah Rah Riverview High!

The Historical Society extends its best wishes for Riverview High School’s two History Bowl Teams, heading for the National History Bowl in Washington DC in April. The junior and senior History Bowl team members take rigorous history courses, including AP … Continue reading

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Local authors and their books!

We’re so happy that the selection of books by local authors and on local subjects is growing every day in our Gift Shop! Watch

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A Short History of Florida, in full color, online, and free.

Summing up an entire state and 500 years of history in 14 graphic-filled pages isn’t easy, but The Museum of Florida History has done it! Click here.  

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Explore Sarasota’s History via Historic Postcards

Matthew Greenwood has made a great video of some of his historic Sarasota postcards, and he’s given us permission to share these with you. Sit back, relax, and see what Sarasota looked like way back when. Clicking the graphic takes … Continue reading

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Browsing Sarasota History

Did you know you can read the Sarasota Herald-Tribune all the way back to 1925 (Volume 1, Issue 2… apparently the first edition is lost to history, at least lost to Google!)? The gathering seems to stop in 2008. Google’s … Continue reading

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Brother in the Shadow: Charles Ringling

The next Conversation at the Crocker event will be spectacularly interesting, coming as it does on the heels of the talk and booksigning by Michael Lancaster, author of The Last Laugh, on December 4. What influence did Charles Ringling, John’s … Continue reading

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Is this wreath worth $1500?

Westfield Sarasota Square is helping 15 carefully-selected local non-profits have a shot at some community

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