The Historical Society of Sarasota County

Creating an awareness of the rich historical heritage of Sarasota County, Florida


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Oh no I forGOT!!!

Wonderful response from members and supporters on the 2014 Giving Challenge on May 6-7. Our biggest thanks to you all, as well as to those who preferred to use our “Donate” button here on our site, on the right margin.

But I’ve heard from several generous folk that they forgot, were busy, got distracted by the beautiful weather. Here’s how I imagine some of our supporters looking:

A young lady, just now realizing that she forgot to participate in the 3014 Gicing Challeng on behalf of the Historical Society of Sarasota County.So if this young lady reminds you of yourself, rest assured that you can donate securely with our Donate button, or you can donate this Saturday in person at our

Annual Meeting and Members Potluck

which starts at 11am and features yummy food, our annual election, and a peaceful friendly wrap up of the season at the Historical Society. I’m bringing two new dishes, so wish me luck in the kitchen, or I may look like that lady up there on Saturday! See you soon!


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What makes a community, a community? Lessons from 100+ years

Ever since 1882 (the year Alfred Bidwell built his home in Sarasota, now known as the Bidwell-Wood House, the oldest remaining residence in Sarasota County) and 1901, when Peter Crocker built the Crocker Church for his Bee Ridge community, our two preserved buildings have been places to gather, to meet and help neighbors, and to celebrate the many aspects of life.Read the history of our two buildings in our Museum Booklet.

When the Historical Society moved the house and the church to its campus in Pioneer Park, this tradition of community events gained speed and depth.

Recently, Continue reading


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Put your Historical Society “on the map”

If you’d like to give a no-money-involved gift to the Historical Society of Sarasota County (although, of course, financial contributions are always welcome!) please consider writing a review and/or adding a photo or two to these web resources. The more mention we have on the Internet, the more residents, winter Floridians, and visitors will find us!

So if you have five minutes, and think the history of Sarasota County is worth preserving, see what you can add to:

Sarasota FL map from an automobile club, 1919.

Sarasota FL map from an automobile atlas 1919. Click to enlarge.

You can “share” not only our website with friends, but this from visitsarasota.org And of course, you can refer your online friends, folks coming to town, and so on, to our Facebook page and our Twitter feed.

Don’t want to fiddle with writing reviews? Sit back, relax, and enjoy some old-timey photos of Sarasota. We appreciate your interest!


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Giving Challenge, Giving Partner, GuideStar… what’s going on?

The big hullabaloo (now, there’s an historic term!) in Sarasota/Manatee Counties this week is The Giving Challenge, an online promotion whose wonderful motto is

Unleash your inner generosity!

Several of our most fervent supporters have asked me to explain what’s going on, and I defer to this concise definition Continue reading


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Designer Tag Sale, here we come!

It takes DAYS to get all the wonderful donations for the Designer Tag Sale, the Bargain Bonanza, and the Book Sale ready for its day in the sun on Saturday Nov. 17 from 8-2. Here’s what happened today: Continue reading


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Look what we “found” for the Designer Tag Sale!

We’re received some great donations so far for the November 17 event: a trifecta of sales, headlined by the Designer Tag Sale with back-up by the Olde Bookseller Sale and the Back Porch Bonanza of Bargains! It’s going to be a great sale, so

Save the Date!

First up, Ringling Hotel Continue reading