Trolley Dates are Confirmed!

The 2017-2018 Trolley Tours have been scheduled and confirmed. We are ready to start taking reservations for our  popular Saturday Morning two hour narrated tour from 10am – Noon. Sue Blue is our wonderful local historian who will teach you many interesting historical facts on your ride through the downtown historic sites.  Mark your calendar and call the office to make your reservations at 941-364-9076.  We have 15 dates to choose from starting in September through April:  September 30 / October 14 / October 28 / November 4 / November 18 / December 2 / December 16 / January 13 / January 27 / February 10 / February 24 / March 10 / March 24 / April 14 / April 28.  The price is $30 per person and these fill up fast.

Sue Blue, narator, Historic Downtown Sarasota Trollet Tours from the Historical Society

Reid Gerletti is elected to the Board of Directors

 
Reid Gerletti, a sales associate with Sotheby’s International Realty, has been elected to the 12-member board of directors at the Historical Society of Sarasota County. At the May annual meeting held in the 1901 Crocker Memorial Church at Pioneer Park, he was elected along with Marsha Fottler, president, succeeding Howard Rosenthal who led the organization for six years.
As a fourth generation native, Gerletti has spent his life enjoying all the benefits that city life in Sarasota has to offer. He lives in and is restoring a home that was this grandfather’s.  Gerletti is a graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design and has long had an interest in the Sarasota’s buildings, traditions and the cultural life of the city. As a board member of the Historical Society, he takes on the job of advancing the mission of the membership organization to teach and celebrate the rich history of Sarasota County and the State of Florida through teaching, research, community programming and special events.
The Historical Society also curates and maintains two historic buildings, the Bidwell-Wood House (1882) and the Crocker Memorial Church (1901). Docent led-tours are available. Additionally, the Historical Society curates, maintains and preserves the city-owned Rosemary Cemetery, Sarasota’s first burial ground platted in 1886.
Serving on the Historical Board with Gerletti in addition to Fottler are: Deborah Bowers, Kathryn Chesley, Greg Dickinson, Meade Ferguson, Lynn Harding, Bill Kleber, Jeff LaHurd, JoRita Stevens and William Watrous. .

Annual Meeting & Elections

Previous Distinguished Awards Recipients Harriet Stieff and Viola Goldberg were happy to attend the 2017 Annual Meeting and congratulate the 2017 Hero of History – John McCarthy and the 2017 Distinguished Service Awardees Kate Holmes and Brenda Lee Hickman.  The new incoming President Marsha Fottler says thanks to outgoing president Howard Rosenthal and welcomes the new board member Reid Gerletti.

Arbor Day 2017

 
A Good Day For Trees
As Americans planted trees from one end of this country to the other in observance of National Arbor Day (April 28), Sarasota did its part by giving trees to various organizations at official tree-planting events. Arbor Day began in Nebraska in 1872 and quickly took root across the United States. Sarasota enthusiastically participates.
The Historical Society of Sarasota County was one of the groups honored. From the welcoming front porch of the historic Bidwell-Wood House (1882) located in Pioneer Park at 1260 12th Street, Mayor Willie Shaw read the official city proclamation noting how valuable trees are to the environment. Vice President of the Historical Society, Marsha Fottler, accepted a lovely white-flowering Geiger tree that is now in the members garden of the Historical Society.
Volunteers at the Society started the garden five years ago with grant from the Founders Garden Club and it is maintained by members who volunteer on the Landscape Committee. The Historical Society garden surrounds both the Bidwell-Wood House and the Crocker Memorial Church (1901). The extensive garden is Florida friendly and includes a wide brick path and window-box gardens, as well as benches for relaxing.
Marsha Fottler, HSOSC Vice President with representatives of the Parks & Rec and Forestry Divisions

April Converstations at The Crocker

Manatee Village Courthouse

This community event, organized by the Historical Society of Sarasota County, takes place on Tuesday, April 11 starting at 7 p.m. at the Crocker Memorial Church, 1260 12th Street (Pioneer Park), Sarasota. The event is free to students and to members of the Historical Society; $10 for guests. Proceeds help to maintain the Bidwell-Wood House (1882) and the Crocker Memorial Church (1901). Tours of both vintage structures are available an hour before the start of the program.
Participants in the small museums program are: Cathy Slusser, Director of Historical Resources, Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court; Diane Ingram, Museum Supervisor, Manatee County Agricultural Museum; Mandy Polson, Museum Supervisor, Palmetto Historical Park; Phaedra Carter, Museum Supervisor, Manatee Village Historical Park and Kristin Sweeting, Museum Supervisor, Florida Maritime Museum, which is in Cortez. Sarasota was originally part of Manatee County, which extended from the Gulf of Mexico to Lake Okeechobee, was 60 miles wide north and south, and contained 5,000 square miles. Sarasota County was created in 1921.
The conversation among these museum professionals about their museums and the impact they have on community residents and Florida tourism will be augmented by a PowerPoint program that will transport the audience to each of these heritage sites. Question and answer period too.
For more information about this Historical Society outreach program, contact Linda Garcia, Site Manager at 941-364-9076.