The Historical Society of Sarasota County in Pioneer Park

2014-2015 Calendar of Events

We celebrate local history in all its forms, from our renowned lecture series Conversations at the Crocker, events, and land & sea tours to classes and small group gatherings.

26th Historical Sarasota Bay Cruise, presented by the Historical Society of Sarasota County FL

If you haven’t cruised Sarasota Bay with the Historical Society and heard John’s commentary, you have a treat coming! Reserve now before we’re sold out on the 26th Cruise! Click for all the details.


See what’s happening in 2015!

During our 2014 “season,” from September 2013 to April 2014, we hosted many events, the majority of which were full to capacity! For a taste of what’s happening, check out our Blog.


The Bidwell-Wood House, the oldest residence in Sarasota County, is the headquarters of The Historical Society of Sarasota County

The Bidwell-Wood House is the oldest residence in Sarasota County, built in 1882. Photo courtesy of Greg Wilson

SARASOTA – Native tribes claimed this land. Explorers sailed the bays. Through the years of Seminole Indian Wars, the coming of the hardy pioneers who fished the waters and cultivated the land, the Crackers who herded the cattle, and the visionaries who built a city unique in its diversity, Sarasota remains a home to be desired; a place of proud heritage.

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Crocker Memorial Church dates from the first days of the 20th century

Crocker Memorial Church, built in 1901. Photo courtesy of Greg Wilson

We acknowledge and are grateful for the sacrifices made and creative energies expended by those who came before us. We admire and pay homage to all of those who labored to form this Sarasota home. Conserving our heritage is the Historical Society’s primary concern. Beginning in 1927 with a citizens group’s collection of historical materials and the forming of the Office of County Historian in the early 1950’s, a Sarasota County Historical Society evolved in 1959. The Society reorganized in 1977 as a not-for-profit corporation.

The Historical Society of Sarasota County has a blog

The Mission of the Historical Society of Sarasota County is to foster public awareness of the rich historical heritage of Sarasota County and the state of Florida, encourage inquiry and research into this history, promote collection and preservation of memorabilia, develop a broader appreciation of its historical communities, and protect its historic sites and structures.

Just north of historical downtown Sarasota, HSoSC is located in Pioneer Park on 12th Street just east of Tamiami Trail

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Membership in The Historical Society of Sarasota County is open to any person interested in the history of this area and the State of Florida upon payment of dues. The Historical Society is a 501(C) (3) non-profit organization. Donations are tax deductible. Click here for our membership form, print it, mail it, and join us today! Those wishing to pay tribute to family or friends through contributions are encouraged to contact us for details. Phone: 941-364-9076 Call today and become a part of history.

Note: On our site and social media pages, we use illustrations and vintage photographs to engage and amuse. Some of these images are stored and preserved by governmental bodies and/or private non-profit historical or genealogical groups. We mention these sources when feasible; if we cannot specifically verify the originator of an electronic image, we invite them to contact us so that we may publish an Internet original source for said image.