Category Archives: People & Places

JDeal Pump Organ – Returns in Top Shape!

The pump organ repairman angel arrived this summer!! Mr. Robert Senseman visited the Bidwell-Wood House in June when his mother Lois Ann Senseman arrived to film her Ordinary Historian video. Her grandfather, his great grandfather, was the yacht captain for … Continue reading

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JoRita Stevens – Congratulations to our Recording Secretary!

Congratulations to our recording secretary, JoRita Stevens, for being selected as a “Goodwill Ambassador” of the year. There’s truth in

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From the Office: 2014 Summer Interns

Linda Garcia, our invaluable Site Manager, writes about the wonders of our summer interns: We were contacted last winter by a 2nd year New College History student, Joy Feagan, to see if we would be interested in a summer intern. … Continue reading

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A two-fer of History in Pioneer Park!

The Bidwell-Wood House (1882) and the Crocker Memorial Church (1901) might seem reason enough to visit Pioneer Park, but did you know that next door is the The Pioneer Whitaker Cemetery? It is the first cemetery in Sarasota , and … Continue reading

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See how our gardens grow at HSoSC

The land surrounding the Bidwell-Wood House (1882) and the Crocker Memorial Church (1901) started out as barren park land. But with the help, donations, and labor of our members and supporters, our garden is growing! Below: Bleeding Heart is the … Continue reading

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The Florida-Friendly Gardens at the Historical Society

We have a very dedicated crew of gardeners here on our campus in Pioneer Park. If you are interested in native plants, Florida-friendly gardens, or just messing around in the dirt, we’d love to have you join us! HSoSC vice-president … Continue reading

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The Colonel marries his “darling little Bright Eyes”

On this date in 1905, Col. John Hamilton Gillespie married his second wife, Judge McDaniels’s daughter Blanche, in Sarasota. They honeymooned in Scotland. — Entry in Yesterday’s Sarasota calendar by J. Whitcomb Rylee Read our very own Sue Blue‘s article … Continue reading

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The trial of the century in Sarasota

1885: Members of the Sarasota Vigilante Committee went on trial for the murder of Postmaster Abbe. Abbe had been involved with some of the “land barons” who had misused the laws to acquire holdings in the area. The Vigilantes killed … Continue reading

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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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