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“NEW” This Season Events Planned for January 2018:


  •  Docent Tours” of the property are scheduled for the second Thursday of the month from January through April.  They are from 10:30am to 11:30am and are free to HSOSC members and $5 for guests.  Join docent Kathryn Chesley and learn the detailed history of our two gems here in Pioneer Park – The Bidwell-Wood House (1882) and the Crocker Memorial Church (1901).  The first tour is on Thursday January 11, 2018 – reservations are not required.

  • We are beginning the season with a new program called “Sunday Afternoon Socials” This has been developed as requested by members that are unable to attend evening programs.  The first this season is on Sunday January 14, 2018.  We will be showing the National Geographic TV program called “Impossible Moves” that aired in April 2007.  It is a one hour show taped from the time including commercials and shows the moving of the Bidwell-Wood House and the Crocker Memorial Church during the middle of the night when they had to close down US41 and be finished by 6am to reopen the road.  We will be joined by members that followed the move in their pajamas and have conversation with them after the movie.  This social is from 2p – 4p and is $5 for HSOSC members and $10 for guests.  Light refreshments will be provided and we will have popcorn for the movie!!!  Plan to join us and get this program up and running for the new year.   The February “SAS” will be an afternoon with “Bertha Palmer” presented by Kate Holmes and the March “SAS” is with Kathryn Chesley presenting our History 101 program.  See you then!

  • “Historical Field Club Luncheon Program” – Wednesday January 31, 2018 The members-only Field Club is a historical landmark in Sarasota and for the first time HSOSC has confirmed a special luncheon program for HSOSC members and their guests at Stanley Field‘s winter home.  What is the Field Club and why is it important to our city?  Sarasota historian Jeff LaHurd was hired by the Field Club to write a book of its deep history and he will deliver the luncheon program filled with his research and humor.  Join us for this luncheon for learning and enjoyment.  Reservations are limited – $75 per person.  Lunch choices are Chicken Crepes with green salad, Shrimp Cobb Salad or Mediterranean Veggie Wrap with fresh fruit.  Call the office 941-364-9076 to secure your seat….your name will be given to the guard at the gatehouse to allow you entry to the grounds.  See you at the Field Club!

Events need volunteer help before and during. Give Linda a call or an email about your availability and what you’d have fun doing. 941-364-9076 or

Our most popular gatherings are the “Conversations at The Crocker”: A series of interactive panel discussions on events that shaped Sarasota County’s past and continue to exert influence on its present and probably the future. These monthly events run from October through April.

These events start at 7pm in the Crocker Memorial Church. They are FREE to Historical Society members and $10 at the door for nonmembers. Bring your friends and participate in lively and informative discussions.  Bidwell-Wood House is open beginning at 6pm for touring before the meetings.

If just 2 or 3 meetings in our season intrigue you, you might as well become a member. Besides, we love members!

Two hour Saturday Downtown Historic Trolley Tours.
Depart from the Crocker Memorial Church at HSOSC in Pioneer Park. Free parking.

We also can host private tours for groups up to 30 participants; call us at 941-364-9076 or email us at for details.


Historical Sarasota Bay Cruise by the Historical Society of Sarasota County

Grab a seat, enjoy the Bay, hear some local stories, and help the Historical Society preserve Sarasota’s past!

HISTORICAL BAY CRUISE aboard LeBarge: Our traditional November Historical Society Bay Cruise is an expert-narrated cruise in beautiful Sarasota Bay. Learn who lived here; why Sarasota is unique on the west coast  of Florida, and how the Bay of Mexico and the gentle bays surrounding us have formed a town unlike any other in Florida. Learn local history and enjoy our beautiful bay on our Historical Cruise on Sarasota tradition, Le Barge.


Throughout the year, we have special events, concerts, tours and cruises, so be sure to join our mailing list to get first dibs on activities as they become available.

   Jorita Stevens enjoys the camaraderie of the Historical Society of Sarasota CountyIn May we have our traditional Members Only Pot Luck on the Porch, and Annual Meeting. Prizes for the yummiest food, so get thinking about it.



in Pioneer Park, 1260 12th St., (just east of Tamiami Trail, just west of Cocoanut Avenue), Sarasota FL Open 10 – 2 Monday – Friday Private, guided tours and rentals welcome and help us preserve, protect and polish two of the oldest buildings in our county.   Email:  941-364-9076
Mailing address: P O Box 1632 Sarasota, FL 34230