Category Archives: People & Places

Ken Thompson and the Making of Modern Sarasota: Conversation at the Crocker

Anyone intrigued by the recent and turbulent history of Sarasota will want to be in the audience at the Crocker Memorial Church on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 when historian Jeff LaHurd and real estate/architecture expert Harold Bubil engage one another … Continue reading

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Batter Up: How & Why Sarasota Became a Baseball Town

Baseball fever has gripped the Sarasota area for years, beginning around 1923.  Baseball has helped to shape Sarasota’s identity as a spring-training tourist destination and has had a significant impact on growth, politics, real estate and culture of both the … Continue reading

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2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning Author Gilbert King to Speak

The Sarasota Authors Connection, the Historical Society of Sarasota County, and the Friends of Selby Public Library will host an author talk/book signing by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Gilbert King on Monday, February 24, 5:45 p.m., at the Selby Library, 1331 … Continue reading

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Family comes to aid of historic structure.

The family of Norma Kwenski, a member of the Sarasota Historical Society of Sarasota County, responded to a need at the Crocker Memorial Church (1901) by donating the funds to provide hand rails to the porch of the de-sanctified church … Continue reading

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The “art” of High Tea: Literally!

The Historical Society’s High Tea & Paintings Off Easel in the Crocker Memorial Church on Sunday, Jan. 12th from 2 to 4 in the afternoon is always an artistic affair, and even more so this year! Plein Air Artists will … Continue reading

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A lovely, in more ways than one, member donation

Many members of the Historical Society make donations, large and small. Some donations are green (as in cash!) but very few are red. Red as in

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Secrets of Florida’s Forgotten Women

Florida Women – Familiar and Forgotten A presentation of the Historical Society of Sarasota County by Historian Hope Black as part of the Viva Florida 500 celebration Do you know anything about Julia Tuttle, Mahulda Carrier,  Carrie Abbe, Rose Wilson, … Continue reading

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Meet your new Board Members!

Our first Conversation at the Crocker on Tuesday October 8 would be an excellent time to meet your new Board members. Remember, the buildings open an hour earlier, at 6pm, including the Gift Shop, and Deborah and Bill would love … Continue reading

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Come as you are…

Some of the events this season at the Historical Society of Sarasota County require a bit of pre-planning, as we talked about our Schedule of Events in this post. Others, all you need to do is show up and enjoy! … Continue reading

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The Crocker Church has handrails!

It’s long been a concern of members and event attendees that the steep shallow steps to the front porch of the Crocker Church are not the easiest to navigate. Well finally, after much “historic review” and permissions and permits and … Continue reading

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In Bloom: The Historical Society’s site

Now is an ideal time to stop by the Historical Society of Sarasota County garden at the historic Bidwell-Wood House and enjoy the local color. Have a seat on a bench and feel all stress disappear. Our members’ garden is … Continue reading

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History needs a modern helping hand

Historical Society Receives Grant for Security Cameras at Two Historic Buildings The Community Foundation of Sarasota County awards funds to further historic preservation through security cameras at the historic Bidwell-Wood House and the Crocker Memorial Church at Pioneer Park The … Continue reading

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RIP Cy Bispham

December 11 1925 – June 26 2013 We mourn the passing of Cy Bispham, and extend our condolences to his wife, Doris and the family. We were honored to have featured the Bisphams at a past meeting of the Historical … Continue reading

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Giving our members and visitors a hand

Directors Ron McCarty and Linda Garcia confer recently with Sarasota City Planner Dr. Clifford Smith over what type of hand rails would be historically appropriate on the Crocker Memorial Church. The need for rails has been evident since

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Sunshine, scenery, and some daubs of color!

Both our historic buildings, the Bidwell-Wood House (1882) and the Crocker Memorial Church (1901), attract admiring passing glances in Pioneer Park. But these plein air (“open-air”) painters enjoyed

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