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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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!