On June 23 historian and author, Dr. Frank Cassell, presented an informative talk about his new book, “Suncoast Empire: Bertha Honore Palmer, Her Family, and the Rise of Sarasota” and then he signed copies and chatted one-on-one with attendees. There were light refreshments served, and people also toured the exhibits.
The Friends thank Dr. Cassell for the great event. Stop by our gift shop to purchase a copy of the book all about Sarasota’s most influential woman from the past, Bertha Palmer.
Thanks to the Lillian Grant Burns Memorial Fund for Research and Preservation of Sarasota County History, the Friends have a new projector for our speakers and presentations. Many thanks to the Community Foundation of Sarasota County for its impact grant program; the projector will be used for our speakers series and other programs.
Eliot Kleinberg presented a visual and speaking tour of 500 years of Florida history and how it has changed the state. This program was well attended.
FRIDAY, MARCH 17
A great evening with Dr. Roger Smith who presented “The American Revolution’s Best Kept Secret” about Florida’s role in the Revolution – we all learned a lot!
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24
A large and enthusiastic crowd or art lovers enjoyed a talk by Gary Monroe about Florida’s Highwaymen and the art movement they created.
These events were hosted by the Friends of the Sarasota County History Center and sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs.
A special thank you to the Sarasota Garden Club for the use of their auditorium space for all these well attended programs.
Artist, Theodore Morris along with Florida Anthropological Society, President, and Archaeologist, Theresa Schober, and Sarasota County Archaeologist, Steve Koski discussed the melding of art and archaeology, which was interesting, informative, and enjoyed by all who attended.
[photo above by Richard Sinclair Bottorff]
Presented by the Friends of the Sarasota County History Center, Sarasota County Historical Resources, and the Florida Anthropological Society