EDIT Jan 7 2022: Alas and alack… the January Convo and the January Sunday Afternoon Social have been cancelled due to folks’ wariness with the covid variation.The Board hopes to find another time to present these 2 great topics, but for now, bookmark our Events Page where you will find the most up-to-date info on gatherings at HSoSC.
The January 11 Conversation at The Crocker is an information-rich celebration of the recent project undertaken by HSOSC and the community to rescue the historic Crocker Memorial Church. Three HSOSC board members will present an illustrated three-part program.
Deborah Walk, a professional archivist, writer and former curator of the Ringling Museum of the Circus, will trace the far-back history of a humble wooden worship center that started out with property deeded to Peter Crocker in 1901. She will also talk about the Crocker family, which attempted to establish a named settlement in Sarasota that could have grown into a town except for the death of its namesake.
Jon Stone, a retired architect and avid researcher, will discuss how adaptive re-use has saved this building and made it into a welcoming place for the community to come for public programming organized by the HSOSC, meetings, weddings, memorial services, art classes, musical recitals, play rehearsals and much more. Adaptive re-use for the Crocker started in the 1980s when preservationist Veronica Morgan owned the Crocker. It was located in the Rosemary district at the time. Jon will also discuss how the Crocker and the Bidwell-Wood House came to be curated by our Historical Society.
Betsy Lingenheld will talk about the engineering-construction rescue mission that saved the entire west side of the building. A contractor who has specialized in preservation work, Betsy came to the Historical Society as a member a few years ago and subsequently agreed to join the advisory board and then the board of directors to be the project manager of the huge rescue project, which got started around the time that COVID did. She will talk about the special challenges in working on a historically designated building.
After the three speak, there will be time for audience input with a question and answer segment.
- Conversation at The Crocker
- Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 7 p.m.
- Crocker Memorial Church, Pioneer Park
- Free to Members
- Guests: $10 at the door
—Submitted by Marsha Fottler
Please Note: Deb Walk has graciously agreed to review the topic of this Conversation at the Crocker at our February Sunday Afternoon Social on Sunday February 13 at 2pm, for those who prefer a daytime event. Please note that there is a charge for the Social: $5 for members and $10 for not-yet-members, to cover the light refreshments we offer at the event. For our complete Calendar of Events, please visit our Events Page.