Events at the Historical Society of Sarasota County

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Our most popular gatherings are the Conversations at the Crocker: A series of interactive panel discussions on events that shaped Sarasota County’s past and continue to exert influence on its present and probably the future. Topics: 2015 Calendar of Events

These events start at 7pm in the Crocker Memorial Church. They are FREE to Historical Society members and $10 at the door for nonmembers. Bring your friends and participate in lively and informative discussions.  All meetings start at 7 p.m. and are held in the Crocker Memorial Church. Guided tours of the Bidwell-Wood House are given at 6:30, before the meetings.

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Two hour Saturday Downtown Historic Trolley Tours.
Depart from the Crocker Memorial Church at HSOSC in Pioneer Park. Free parking. Dates: 2015 Calendar of Events

We also can host private tours for groups up to 25 participants; call us at 941-364-9076 or email us at for details.

Historical Sarasota Bay Cruise by the Historical Society of Sarasota County

Grab a seat, enjoy the Bay, hear some local stories, and help the Historical Society preserve Sarasota’s past!

HISTORICAL BAY CRUISE aboard LeBarge: Our traditional November Historical Society Bay Cruise is an expert-narrated cruise in beautiful Sarasota Bay. Learn who lived here; why Sarasota is unique on the west coast  of Florida, and how the Bay of Mexico and the gentle bays surrounding us have formed a town unlike any other in Florida. Learn local history and enjoy our beautiful bay on our Historical Sarasota Bay Cruise on Sarasota tradition, Le Barge. Narrated by John McCarthy, noted Sarasota Historian. Sunday, March 8, 2015 11a.m. – 1p.m. $40.00 per person, $50.00 VIP Reservations a must! Call the HSoSC office at 941-364-9076, M-F 10 to 2.

Designer Tag Sale November 17 2012 at the Historical Society of Sarasota County, 1260 12th St Sarasota FLThis biennial event is always eagerly awaited by shoppers and our society decorator donors and members. Our recent event on Nov. 15, 2014 helped us finance the improvements you will see on our campus at Pioneer Park, 1260 12th Street, Sarasota FL. Roofs and window sills aren’t the most exciting things to see… until you realize that we are preserving and protecting the historical buildings entrusted to our private non-profit society!


buttons ruby laneHigh Tea & Paintings Off Easel was the theme of our Annual High Tea in January which is held in the beautiful Crocker Memorial Church


Ca'd'Zan at the Ringling Museum, as seen by the Historical Society of Sarasota CountyPRIVATE BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR OF CA’D’ZAN  Participants in this fund-raiser tour Ca’d’Zan, John Ringling’s private home, privately with Ron McCarty, Curator of the home and enjoy a private Luncheon at Treviso Restaurant on the Ringling Museum Grounds. This event and others like it, as up-close intimate experiences, are available only to Members.

Photo from Flickr under CC license, by uberphoto.

Jorita Stevens enjoys the camaraderie of the Historical Society of Sarasota CountyIn May we have our traditional Members Only Pot Luck on the Porch, and Annual Meeting. Prizes for the yummiest food, so get thinking about it.



in Pioneer Park, 1260 12th St., (just east of Tamiami Trail, just west of Cocoanut Avenue), Sarasota FL Open 10 – 2 Monday – Friday Private, guided tours and rentals welcome and help us preserve, protect and polish two of the oldest buildings in our county.   Email:  941-364-9076
Mailing address: P O Box 1632 Sarasota, FL 34230