FAQs: How can my donation work hardest for HSOSC?

Confused about the 36-Hour Challenge, which starts Tuesday March 27 at 6am and goes through Wednesday at 6pm? Wondering what all the hype is about? And how you can help HSOSC?

Frequently-Asked Questions

What’s it all about? The 36-Hour Giving Challenge is an online giving event inspiring donors and citizen philanthropists to learn more about the nonprofits and causes in Southwest Florida they care about most.

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Newtown, as seen by 2 lifelong residents

City Commissioner of Sarasota FL Willie Shaw

City Commissioner of Sarasota FL Willie Shaw

We are pleased to have hosted City Commissioner Willie Shaw and Jetson Grimes, as part of the Society’s Looking Back With….” Programs, on Tuesday Feb. 14th at 7:00 PM at the Crocker Memorial Church in Pioneer Park at 1260 12th Street Sarasota (between N. Trail and Cocoanut Ave.)  Experience what Continue reading

Be a part of the Historical Society. Help make Pioneer Day a success!

Be a part of the Historical Society. Help out now.

We are so grateful to all our members and supporters who help us conserve and curate two of Sarasota’s oldest buildings in one of our pristine parks, and who participate in our monthly meetings, special events and fund raisers.

This month, we could use some specific help. They range from easy-as-pie to lace on your working shoes. Please choose Continue reading

Festivities under the pines on Sarasota’s Pioneer Day

Pioneer Day in Pioneer Park at the Historical Society of Sarasota CountyCommunity gatherings in historical Sarasota County happened anywhere a few folk met, but especially on the shaded porches of pioneers’ homes or the church grounds. These events were full of music, good food, trading and swapping, and fun for the children.

Join us on Saturday, November 12, from 10 to 4 as the Historical Society continues this grand, yet informal and relaxed tradition, once a year on our grounds in Pioneer Park. Pioneer Day in Pioneer Park at the Historical Society is eagerly awaited every year. Stroll among vendors, tap your toes to some wonderful music wafting off the breezy front porch, and enjoy the shade of the pines and hickories. Wander down to Hog Creek, watch historic crafts demonstrations, take a peek at the 1882 Bidwell-Wood House (the oldest in the county!) and admire the local crafts, art, and antiques in the 1902 Crocker Church. Join us on SatNarrated trolley tours of downtown Sarasota by the Historical Society of Sarasota Countyurday, November 12, from 10 to 4.

Print out the flyer and post a few in your community gathering places.

As the perfect start to a perfect day, hop on the Trolley at our front door for a renowned, narrated tour of downtown Sarasota right at 10am: reservations a must. $25.00 per person, call our Site Manager Monday – Friday   10:00AM – 2:00 PM  at  941-364-9076 to assure yourself of a spot on this wonderful tour.

After the tour, visit not only our vendors both inside and out, but our Museum Shop in the Bidwell-Wood Kitchen building. The Shop is filled with local handcrafts, art work, vintage linens, books by local authors, jewelry, toys and more. It’s a perfect place to get your holiday gift shopping started, since all proceeds help us preserve and cherish two of Sarasota’s most historic buildings. Your holiday gifts can do double good!

Join a tour of the Pioneer Cemetery next door and tours of the oldest house in Sarasota. Feel free to bring a lawn chair and spend the day enjoying the swirls of activity, entertainment, and good companionship. Nealski’s BBQ will be cooking on-site.

There is no admission fee, but, in keeping with our special display of USA “Historic Foods” that your grandmother would have found on her grocer’s shelves and are still found in today’s supermarkets, bring a donation of canned or dry food. All food will be be donated at 4pm to the Mayor’s Feed the Hungry Campaign.  Mayor Suzanne Atwell, Vice Mayor Terry Turner and Commissioner Willie Shaw will be on hand to accept our donations.

Parking is free. Donations accepted, to help with the upkeep of two of the most prized buildings of Pioneer Sarasota. And of course, when you join the Historical Society, you help preserve not just the past, but the future of Sarasota County.

Click for the Google map

Click for the Google map and directions

Want to help the Historical Society of Sarasota County reach out to the community? Great! Print out this flyer and post a few in your community gathering places… and we’ll see you and your friends at Pioneer Park, just east of Tamiami Trail and 12th Street, Saturday, November 12!

US FLAG – Half Mast

Half mast flag on a fixed pole at the Historical Society of Sarasota CountyYour Historical Society will be putting our flag at the proper half-mast whenever we have a proclamation to do so. We have purchased the black ribbon to put on our flag to be doing it correctly.

FAQs on flying the US flag at half-mast

How to fly your flag at Half Staff depends on what sort of flag pole you are using

When raising the flag to half staff on a vertical pole, always raise it briskly to the top of the flagpole for a moment before lowering it. When taking it down for the night, raise it to the top of the flagpole again & lower it to the bottom.

With a telescoping flag pole it is acceptable to put the USA flag on the second set of rings instead of the top set. In this case the top set would be left empty.

When the United States flag is flown at half-staff, State & other flags should be removed or flown at half-staff too.

For flags that can’t be lowered, such as those on many homes including our historic Bidwell-Wood House, the American Legion says that attaching a black ribbon or streamer to the top of the flag is an acceptable alternative. The ribbon should be the same width as a stripe on the flag and the same length as the flag.

Photo from here.


Spirit Voices from Old Manatee

Love history? Love to act? If you’re a fan of teaching history through entertainment, they’re looking for you! Here’s the info:

The Manatee County Historical Commission invites dedicated actors and actresses to volunteer their time and talent by auditioning for a dramatic guided cemetery tour titled “Spirit Voices from Old Manatee”. The production will be directed by professional actor, musician and stage director Preston Boyd.
“Spirit Voices from Old Manatee” is an original artistic production and program of Festival sARTée*. It will take place Continue reading

Which Historic Marker do you live near?

Do you have a bit of history in your back yard?

The sign at the Historical Society of Sarasota County in Pioneer Park Sarasota FL

Oops... this is NOT the Historical Society's historic marker.

The Sarasota County Historical Commission is a group of civic-minded Sarasotans who suggest historical markers around our county. These markers contain some fascinating information… so next time you see one, stop and linger!

SarasotaHistoryAlive has catalogued the text of our historic markers on their fascinating site. This text is from there. Many thanks! You can also see photos of markers on Wikimedia Commons.

How about YOU? Which historic marker is close to your home?

Find it at SarasotaHistoryAlive, and add it below, in the comments.

Here’s the marker in my neighborhood. Even though Continue reading