Trying to sum up Carl Abbott, the Historical Society of Sarasta County’s 2023 Hero of History, is like trying to freeze, in one moment, the earth and sea, sky and clouds. We cannot possibly say anything about the man and his work that has notContinue reading
Our Historical Peers
Hidden Treasures of Local History
It’s always a treat for anyone who loves local history to find a new artifact.
And that’s just what happened during an engagement of a member of our Speakers’ Bureau this last spring.
A member of the host club came up and said “My mother paintedContinue reading
In their own words
The best kind of history? First-hand from people who lived it. You get a feeling for the times, see events through borrowed eyes, and have the opportunity to experience what life back then was like for those who lived through it. And the interviewers, who took the time and effort to create a slide show with photographs and other memorabilia, made these oral histories entertaining and enlightening. EnjoyContinue reading
Help the History Center
Love local history? Get into it up to your elbows, suggests Marsha Fottler, President of the Historical Society.
When important documents and artifacts are donated to the Historical Society of Sarasota County, we bring them to the History Center, where professionals can conserve and store them. Why? Because we do not have the proper security, climate control, or storage space to professionally archive these heritage things. At the History Center many items are digitalized and all are categorized and preserved in a way that the public can have access to them for personal or academic research. Many members of the Historical Society enjoy volunteering at the History Center and click here for some areas that could have appeal. Volunteering at the History Center is a way of learning more about the history of Sarasota County and you’ll meet new friends who feel the same way.Marsha Fottler, President HSOSC
More about how you can help and learn.
Happy National Dog Day!
August 26 is National Dog Day, and we here at the Historical Society of Sarasota County would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to our Florida Dog!
Yes, we do have a Florida dog.Continue reading
In fond remembrance
Harriet Burns Stieff
The Historical Society of Sarasota County, indeed all who live or visit here, owe a great debt of gratitude to Harriet Burns Stieff, who passed away after 10 decades of gracious life. Her obituary:
Harriet Burns Stieff, 99, the youngest daughter ofContinue reading
Fill ‘er up!
No, the Historical Society of Sarasota County isn’t offering a tankful of gas (goodness knows we don’t have the wherewithal to gift you with that!) but we’re talking aboutContinue reading
Recycling… the Historic way!
We’re very excited to be joining forces with Historical Resources and Archives, commonly called The History Center, to offer our county an easy way to donate ephemera that you may have lying around, and never dreamed anyone would value it.
Ephemera! Stuff published once, meant for the moment… only now YOUContinue reading
What the “Real Florida” looks (and feels) like
If you want to experience what this area looked like before you got here, try an EcoWalk.
Book yourself into some nature walks with knowledgable guides from UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County. They provide “practical education you can trust, to help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. This service is a partnership between the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Sarasota County.”
Note that the tours pause in summer and begin again the fall. Yup. It’s too dang hot to be out in the sun in the summer. There’s a history lesson right there.
May we offer an alternative?
Being super-cautious, the Board has canceled February ‘s Conversation at The Crocker as well as February’s Sunday Afternoon Social.
We are still holding Sparkly Saturday on Sat. Feb. 12, which is both indoors in well-ventilated space and outdoors on our Porch,
and our traditional Historical Sarasota Bay Cruise on March 6 (spots filling up since we’re limiting numbers; get your reservations in NOW by calling Linda M-F 10 to 2 at 941-364-9076 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org)…
We’re happy to announce a peer event: Afternoons at the Mansion is a GO.
The Keith Mansion in Phillippi Estate Park at 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, was built by a Chicago couple in 1916. The Mansion itself is amazing, and in the classic living room they are presenting Lost Towns of Sarasota County with Kate Holmes, an HSoSC past Board member. This is not an HSoSC event, but it is sponsored by our peers and supporters, a not-for-profit formed to raise money to help fund a future local history venue in the neighboring the Edson Keith Farmhouse (1915).
Again, limited numbers admitted to the Mansion so reserve NOW. Call 941-861-7275 to reserve your seat.
The Historical Society’s current Calendar of Events can always be seen on our Events Page here.
January Local History Events
I’m feeling bad about leaving you in the lurch here at the Historical Society of Sarasota County, what with our two upcoming events (Conversation on Jan 11 and Sunday Afternoon Social on Jan 16) being cancelled, so here’s some substitutes to keep you and your brain occupied until we meet again.
Exercise yourContinue reading
Finally! We gathered to honor our Hero of History, Jon Thaxton… after covid canceled our luncheon several times. May we present, first,Continue reading
Walking tour of Granada Neighborhood
Time for #whattodothisweekend, brought to you by the Historical Society of Sarasota County. See more, each week, on our Facebook page.
Saturday morning, join our historic peers, the Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation, on their hour-long walking tour of the Granada neighborhood. Admission is $25.