Category Archives: History Fun

Even the kids & the grandkids support Sarasota history!

Did you know that the Farmhouse Market, in Phillippi Estate Park, is managed by Friends of Sarasota County Parks? This non-profit volunteer organization improves the life of current-day Sarasotans and visitors as well as helps maintain our ties to our past … Continue reading

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Exploring Sarasota County History

It’s the perfect time of year, here in Sarasota, to venture forth and see some of the sights in our county that you have always meant to visit. The History & Preservation Coalition has, for your print-out-and-take-with pleasure, a colorful … Continue reading

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County Park, food, art, and jazz. What more could we want?

The Historical Society loves how everything in the county is intertwined. Some of our volunteers are volunteers elsewhere. Perhaps members of the Wood family, who lived in the Bidwell-Wood House from 1896 until the 1960’s, visited the Keiths or the … Continue reading

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A Trip Down Memory Lane

Dwell Real Estate has a blog entry with lots of fun Sarasota-in-the-past photos. Credit given: Photos and information courtesy of Yesterday’s Sarasota by Del Marth. Take a look! For actual copies of the Sarasota papers from 1925 on, visit here.

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This Day in History: Happy 45th, Van Wezel!

On this date in 1970, the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall opened. Designed by the late Frank Lloyd Wright’s firm, Taliesin Associates Architects, the building was called by its critics the “purple cow” or “purple people seater.” How much do … Continue reading

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Plan Ahead for a great 2015! January Happenings at HSOSC

The Historical Society of Sarasota County has lots of events to choose from for the New Year.  Mark your calendars and join us often! Sunday January 11, 2015 – High Tea and Plein Air Artists Paint off Easel Always a … Continue reading

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25th Historical LeBarge Cruise

The Historical Society celebrated its 25th Historical LeBarge Cruise early in November, and were delighted to offer commentary courtesy of famed local historian John McCarthy. If you couldn’t make the November tour with us, make plans now to join us … Continue reading

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Love to read? Love history? Join us with our new programs

The Historical Society of Sarasota County has two new programs beginning in December. BBBL – Brown Bag Book Lunch! This series of four get-togethers starts on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 from 11:30am to 1:30pm.  Local authors will discuss their books … Continue reading

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Planning the 2014-2015 events at HSoSC

Your board and interested members are currently planning the upcoming season’s events. Be sure to sign up for email notification of our blog posts (top of the right-hand column on this page, where it says “Get us by email”) so … Continue reading

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Florida… audibly!

Back in the day (this photo is from the 1920’s) buying a radio was important enough to be transacted in a showroom complete with Oriental rugs. Music is more accessible to us today. It’s in our cars, our pockets, and … Continue reading

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Siesta Beach, July 4 1923

How hot were the sands of Siesta on July 4 1923? 112 mph, that’s how hot! Mr. O’Neal came within 3 MPH of breaking the world’s motorcycle speed record as he roared down Sarasota (Siesta) Key Beach on his Harley … Continue reading

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Springing Forward: Did you?

Did you remember to spring forward today? Just a friendly, vintage reminder! The best reason to love DST in Sarasota? Enough time to get to the beach and watch the sunset! To read more about the history of Daylight Savings … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving from the Historical Society

In 1863 Thanksgiving became our third national holiday alongside Washington’s birthday and Independence Day. NPR’s audio report on recreating a Thanksgiving dinner in the style of 1863. Boil a tender, nice piece of beef — any piece that is clear … Continue reading

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The TRUE story of Pirates!

You know that we’re having Pirates and Pioneers Day at the Historical Society on Saturday November 16, a family-oriented day filled with music, presentations, pirates in costume (you dress up too, if you dare!), arts and crafts for the kids, … Continue reading

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Give me a tinkle…

Remember when people used to say “give me a tinkle” when they meant “call me on the phone”? Well, we’re asking you to drop a dime and call the Historical Society to reserve your spot on this fall’s exciting events. … Continue reading

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