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 Series: Sarasota from 1927 to 1941

Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 1:00 PM

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

Sarasota: from the bust to the Great Depression to the start of World War II. Discover the hardships, the recovery and the great buildings and the CCC involvement during this time.

Q&A follows the presentation by Jim Clubb. LEARN MORE AND RSVP HERE

Tour the fascinating exhibits, including the Jack West architecture exhibition, afterward.

Florida Citrus Labels: Signs of the Times

On Friday, August 4, an enthusiastic crowd enjoyed accomplished author and public speaker, Liz Coursen’s presentation on the development of citrus labels as a marketing tool. Her comprehensive visual presentation compared the industry in Florida and California. According to Coursen, “One of the untold stories about citrus labels is the cutthroat competition that existed not only among the Florida-based growers, but, on a larger scale, between Florida and California to win the hearts, minds, and wallets of the buying population in the Northeast.” Along with the citrus labels, she incorporated vintage postcards that promoted the industry in both states, pointing out the similarities and the differences. Liz is a dynamic and entertaining speaker who had a real connection with the audience. A delightful reception with socializing and hors d’oeuvres started off the evening.

Thank you to Liz and our volunteers who put together the refreshments.


“Wonderful event today! Thank you very much for all those great gifts for the kids.” Vanessa Bush

On July 22, families enjoyed learning about the Florida Citrus Industry and the history of citrus in our state, which actually goes back to the Spanish colonial times 500 years ago. Kids got an introduction to Marvel’s newest Avenger, Captain Citrus, and were given ultra-rare Marvel Comics Avengers Assemble #1 featuring Captain Citrus along with super rare Captain Citrus collector cards!

Visitors also checked out the amazing citrus history exhibit, “Crate Expectations” which is open until August 31.

Thank you to Florida Citrus for the comics and The Dark Side – Comics & Games in Sarasota!



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.