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NEW !!! Join HSOSC for these two special sale events!!!

Saturday November 12 from 9am – 3pm 
It’s the great Designer Tag Sale – Free Admission

dccaa596-3272-4b77-a2af-8c90020d7ee3It only happens every other year. Custom décor items for home and garden. Art, mirrors, table lamps, occasional furniture, tabletop sculpture, linens and surprises. Everything from the practical to the pretty to make your home and outdoor entertainment areas glamorous and welcoming. These are exclusive items drawn from the galleries, showrooms and inventories of area interior designers and from owners of specialty boutiques. Cash and checks preferred. Pay and Take. No delivery. Low prices, high quality. All proceeds go directly to supporting our preservation and history education programs.
First Time Fundraising Event
Saturday November 26 from 9am – 1pm


Sparkly Saturday!! Free Admission. The Crocker is transformed into a glittering jewelry gallery for a show and sale of distinctive pre-owned, under-appreciated, artistically rehabilitated jewelry. Organized and presented by community volunteer Linnea Appleby of Jewelry to the Rescue. Prices start at $3. Shop for holiday gifts and select something special for your own jewelry box. A shop – til – you – drop day of indulgent fun and good hunting. All proceeds to directly to supporting preservation and history education programs at HSOSC. Cash and checks preferred.

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.  All meetings start at 7 p.m. and are held in the Crocker Memorial Church. Guided tours of the Bidwell-Wood House are given 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 25 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 Sarasota Bay Cruise on Sarasota tradition, Le Barge.

Ca'd'Zan at the Ringling Museum, as seen by the Historical Society of Sarasota CountyThroughout the year, we have special events, concerts, tours and cruises, so be sure to join our mailing list to get first dibs on activities such as PRIVATE BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR OF CA’D’ZAN  Participants in this fund-raiser tour Ca’d’Zan, John Ringling’s private home, privately with Ron McCarty, Curator of the home and enjoy a private Luncheon on the Ringling Museum Grounds. This event and others like it, as up-close intimate experiences, are available only to Members. Photo from Flickr under CC license, by uberphoto.

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