HOLIDAY FAIR December 9, 2017
Noon to 5:00 PM

Historical Exhibits and Education Center
Historic Chidsey Library Building 701 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

The Friends of the Sarasota County History Center is hosting a Holiday Fair on Saturday December 9 from noon until 5 PM. This Holiday Fair will coincide with the Atomic Holiday Bazaar at the Municipal Auditorium. The Sarasota Garden Club and the Sarasota Art Center will also participate in this “neighborhood” event.

Our second Holiday Fair will feature local artists, homemade baked goods, chances to win great gift baskets, book sale, and historic exhibits.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to call us at the Historical Exhibits and Education Center at (941) 361-2453 or by email at


The exhibit examines more than 70 architectural and urban planning projects conceived by West and various partners from 1949 to 2009 while practicing in Sarasota. Curated by architect and author Joe King, AIA, the exhibit includes designs for educational facilities, custom residences, civic and cultural buildings, recreational facilities, hotels, condominiums and more. Although focused in the Sarasota region, the exhibit also showcases projects and competitions as far reaching as Paris and Egypt.

Historical Exhibits & Education Center, 701 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

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History Presentation & Walking Tour: Bayfront Civic Center & Pioneer Park

Monday, November 6, 2017 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Historical Exhibits And Education Center
701 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL

Join us for a PowerPoint presentation about Sarasota’s Bayfront Civic Center and Pioneer Park. Learn about the buildings built during the Great Depression and about the things that you might not know about in the area. Pioneer Park’s history starts with the Whitaker’s and includes the Wood/Bidwell house and the Crocker church. Please come whether or not you are scheduled to go on the walk, you just might learn a thing or two.


History Walk: Downtown Sarasota

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 9:00 AM


If you only go on one history walk in Sarasota this is the one. You will learn about John Hamilton Gillespie and the DeSoto Hotel, buildings from the 1880s to the 1920s in a small area. Most are familiar with the area but the history is new to them.

The walk is about 2.5 hours and we will start right away. Good camera event. Sidewalks and streets.

History Bike Ride: Venice

Sunday, October 29, 2017  to 


Get some exercise and discover new areas of Venice along the Intercoastal waterway.  Discover the “circus bridge”, Dr. Albee’s airport, the history sidewalk, the historic Venice Depot and Shamrock Park.  A map will be provided.  People ride at different speeds but hopefully we can stop and discuss the history at the designated areas.  Make sure your bicycle is in good condition and your bicycle tires have adequate air pressure.