Category Archives: People & Places

Hero of History Award Presented; Distinguished Award Goes to Two

The Historical Society of Sarasota County was delighted to present awards to three recipients at its Annual Meeting. At its 2015 annual meeting on May 2 in the historic Crocker Memorial Church (1901), the Historical Society of Sarasota County presented … Continue reading

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A Roof-top Shout Out to the Arts and Cultural Alliance!

Arts and Cultural Alliance Awards a Grant to the Historical Society of Sarasota County Timely  grant of $4,000 from the John Ringling Towers Fund goes directly to preservation efforts at Crocker Memorial Church   A timely award of a $4,000 … Continue reading

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Good news and fun photos in the latest issue of the newsletter!

As an Historical Society, we still produce a real, hard-copy newsletter for our members and to hand out to folks interested in learning about us, joining us in membership, attending some of our many events and exploring whether we are … Continue reading

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A lovely day for a walk in the past

A walk along the beach is always wonderful. Exploring downtown can be very rewarding (and stopping for a bite and sip every 40 feet or so is always an option). Our parks are beautiful. And so many neighborhoods are as … 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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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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