President: Margaret Borrows
Secretary: Cindy Eley
Treasurer: Ruthmary Williams
Chidsey Manager: Bill Goetz
A Message From the Board of Directors
In 2005, the Friends Of the Sarasota County History Center (FOSCHC) was formed by the late Pete Esthus to promote programs and services on behalf of the Sarasota County Historical Resources (formerly the History Center) and further its efforts to assemble historical exhibits and preserve a growing collection of artifacts. These collections are housed at the Sarasota County Historical Resources on Porter Way, where they are made available for public research. Additionally, FOSCHC is dedicated to increasing the reach and awareness of SCHR by funding books by local authors, promoting historical markers which increase public awareness of local history, and participating in events such as the opening of rotating exhibits such as Theodore Morris’s “Florida’s Lost Tribes”. Now that we are custodians of the Historical Exhibits and Education Center located in the historic Chidsey Library Building, there is no limit to our potential for growth. The wonders of the artifacts housed at the Sarasota County Historical Resources have been unavailable from the public for far too long. We now have the opportunity to bring them out of storage and put them on display for residents and visitors to enjoy. FOSCHC is a non-profit organization that depends on donations and grants. In the past, our revenues have more than met our expenses, but with this new endeavor, it is necessary to work very diligently and creatively to attract visitors and donors alike to our new exhibits, lectures, and activities.