Category Archives: VIPs

113 years of hard sitting is coming to an end….

When the Crocker Memorial Church was just 12 years old, in 1913, 63 of Sarasota’s women came together and formed The Woman’s Club of Sarasota. Their service to our community can be summed up by this quote on their brochure: … 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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Has it been a memorable year for your family? Make it an historical year!

As another “season” draws to a close here in Sarasota County, it’s time, naturally enough, for Historical Society fans, members, and followers to look back. Did something memorable happen

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Haven’t you ALWAYS wanted to peek in their drawers?

Here’s what some members of the Historical Society got to do this month: peek in John Ringling’s dresser drawers! We are blessed to have Ron as an avid supporter of the Historical Society of Sarasota County. Join him and hundreds … Continue reading

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The passing of a beloved supporter and local historian

It is with sadness and regret that we tell you of the passing of Pete Esthus, a wonderful man and great supporter of the Historical Society. Our hearts are full, and we offer condolences to his wife Diane and their … Continue reading

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We’re SO ready for our close-up!

The talents of Greg Wilson are evident in the beautiful photographs he took of our two historical buildings at the Historical Society of Sarasota County. See Greg’s favorite (and our!) shots of the Bidwell-Wood House and the Crocker Memorial Church … Continue reading

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A new addition to our museum!

We are so fortunate to have great donors in our area that are willing to part with their treasures knowing they have a safe place to live here at the Historical Society of Sarasota County. Many, many THANKS to Jen Harms … Continue reading

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Red Hat Ladies Caught Red-Handed at HSOSC

HSOSC Member Lois Greer brought her Red Hat group to the Historical Society for an outing recently. Docent (and HSOSC Prez) Howard Rosenthal was on hand to greet them as they drove up 12th Street in a bevy of pre-WW1 … Continue reading

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Donation of Dining Room Table!!

Nancy Dunn has made a fabulous donation of a Tiger Oak Pedestal Table with Lion Head and Paw legs for the Bidwell-Wood House dining room. Her company is Estates Sales by Nancy Dunn, LLC and she also generously donated five matching … Continue reading

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The History of Sarasota in less than 2 minutes

Sarasota is a young place, by anyone’s standards. Most of us have come from towns and counties with much more history, and some visitors are amused by what we consider “old.” But there’s an up-side to having a short history: … Continue reading

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Sue Blue is a Historical Society VIP

“Sarasota” Sue as Sue Blue is widely known, resides in her childhood home built by her grandfather in 1925. She narrates the Historic Downtown Sarasota Trolley tours and writes Sarasota memoirs for on-line magazines. Sue also wrote a one-act play … Continue reading

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A Sarasota Treasure: History Author Jeff LaHurd

Jeff LaHurd is one of our best-loved Sarasota authors and a great friend to HSoSC and indeed, all of the historically-focused groups in our area. He’s written many books, each of which is well worth having on your historical Sarasota … Continue reading

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