Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Historical Society of Sarasota County

  • Sarasota, FL
  • www.hsosc.com

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Historical Society of Sarasota County is to Foster public awareness of the rich historical heritage of Sarasota county and the state of Florida,Encourage inquiry and research into this history,Promote collection and preservation of memorabilia,Develop broader appreciation of its historical communities, andProtect its historic sites and structures.

Main Programs

  1. Conversations at The Crocker
  2. Historic LeBarge Cruises
  3. Narrated Historic Downtown Trolley Tours
  4. Biennial Designer Tag Sale
  5. ORAL HISTORY FILMS
Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

The Historical Society serves specifically Sarasota county, but it is also a regional and international tourist destination for visitors interested in history and historic buildings.

ruling year

1977

Principal Officer since 2011

Self-reported

Howard Rosenthal

Keywords

Self-reported

Sarasota History; Sarasota Historical Society - Historic Buildings - History Education

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EIN

59-6169574

 Number

5687127900

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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1. Site appropriate landscape improvements: In 2010 HSOSC was the recipient of a monetary grant from the Founders Garden Club of Sarasota to design and install a garden at the Bidwell-Wood House. This project linked Sarasota's oldest residence with Sarasota's oldest garden club. We made a garden with Florida native plants and Florida-friendly plants. The improvement in curb appeal yielded more people who visit the site and garden maintenance provides opportunities for volunteers. Since the garden is in Pioneer Park, a public space, community people use and enjoy the space. Wedding guests who use the Crocker Memorial Church appreciate photographic opportunities in our garden. 2. Development of an Oral Histories Program: We call it the Ordinary Historians project becase we are ordinary people interviewing other ordinary people who have lived for a long time and have a perspective and a bank of memories that we are eager to capture. Our question to those we interview is this: what was it like then? We have a committee of five people who gather names and do the interviews. A grant from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County allowed us to buy video equipment. The interviews are archived in the form of a CD and we make copies available to interview subjects, other historical groups, HSOSC Web site and we keep copies in our archives. 3. Educational Outreach Programs - Historic Downtown Trolley Tours and Narrated Historic Cruises: Additionally we organize panel discussions and lecture series throughout the year geared to increase awareness of Sarasota's past. 4. Increase in Docent Tours by trained volunteers: We have an active trained group of docents qualified to lead large and small groups of various ages (including elementary school children) through the buildings. 5. Dramatic increase in the adaptive use of the Crocker Memorial Church for weddings, civic and social gatherings, arts and crafts shows, musical and theatrical performances and community meetings.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Conversations at The Crocker

"Conversations at The Crocker" are held monthly to provide a forum for interactive panel discussions about diverse subjects related to the history of Sarasota County. Past topics have included politics, integration, the visual arts, real estate and the Ringling Circus. Programs will continue through next season covering additional subjects such as architecture and the performing arts. These presentations are held at the Crocker Memorial Church on the second Tuesday evening of each month from October thru April at 7pm and include our monthly membership meetings. They are free to members; guests donate $10 per meeting. This program has helped increase our memberships and raised funds through guest fees. The audience is building as evidenced by recent standing room only attendance during the 2014-2015 season.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Adults

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$1,000.00

Program 2

Historic LeBarge Cruises

The Historical Society of Sarasota County, for more than 20 years, has hosted 26 narrated, historical cruises on the LeBarge sight-seeing boat at Marina Jack Plaza. Well-known local historian John McCarthy provides a two-hour commentary, during a Sunday morning brunch cruise. These sold out cruises serve as a huge fund raiser for our operating funds. We added a March cruise to our annual Calendar of Events, to provide educational entertainment for Sarasota's "snowbird" population. Our former cruise schedule only had us on the bay in November.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Other Named Groups

Budget

$1,500.00

Program 3

Narrated Historic Downtown Trolley Tours

At least one Saturday per month, during Season, noted historian, Sue Blue has been narrating our Historic Downtown Trolley Tours, which allow our attendees a two-hour peek into our fascinating history. The Tours begin and end at the Historical Society's headquarters in Pioneer Park, where the buildings are open for their pre-tour browsing.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Other Named Groups

Budget

$400.00

Program 4

Biennial Designer Tag Sale

Local designers support the Historical Society every other year in November by donating a wonderful array of valuable designer items for purchase by the public. Funds raised by this sale support the ongoing maintenance of the Bidwell-Wood House (1882) and the Crocker Memorial Church (1901). In the year that we do not have the Tag Sale we have had a Pioneer Day event. In 2015 we plan to hold an Antique Appraisal event. Depending on the success of this event we will alternate the Designer Tag Sale with the Antique Appraisal event.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Other Named Groups

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$300.00

Program 5

ORAL HISTORY FILMS

Begun just two years ago, this program is growing rapidly as we film interviews with some of our most fascinating elder citizens. We have a collection of these films in our archives. Once the films are edited and ready for distribution, we make them available to the interviewees and their families. We hope eventually to make these films available for purchase as well as available for viewing on the Historical Society's premises.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Other Named Groups

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$200.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

The Historical Society serves specifically Sarasota county, but it is also a regional and international tourist destination for visitors interested in history and historic buildings.

Funding Needs

1. Funding to preserve and maintain our two historical structures. In three to five years we will need to replace the roof on Bidwell-Wood roof. Estimated cost $50,000. 2. Storage facility: Estimated cost $15,000. Currently, extra chairs, podium, tables, ladders, etc are stored in the church and have to be moved to the storage cottage in the stand alone kitchen every time there is an event in the church building. We are constantly moving large amounts of gear from one place to another. We desperately need storage. 3. Heightened visibility in the community: Public free events have helped. A new lecture series (in partnership with SARASOTA magazine) has increased visibility. Our Web site has heightened awareness considerably.

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THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF SARASOTA COUNTY, INC
Fiscal year: May 01-Apr 30

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Historical Society of Sarasota County

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Principal Officer

Howard Rosenthal

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The Historical Society of Sarasota County is the curator of the oldest residence in the city of Sarasota and the oldest church in the city of Sarasota. These two historical structures, the Bidwell-Wood House (1882) and the Crocker Memorial Church (1901), are treasures that have been saved from demolition. The Bidwell-Wood house was built in 1882 by Alfred & Mary Bidwell who lived in the stand alone kitchen during construction. They lived there for just a couple of years during which Alfred Bidwell, a member of the Sarasota Vigilance Society, was convicted of the murder of postmaster Charles Abbe. His death sentence was commuted to life in prison and then he was released and died in Jacksonville. The Luke Wood family lived in the house until 1966. The school board then had the house moved to Hatton street in 1977 and it was cared for by the Women's Club. Veronica Morgan was the preservationist that saved the building and had it moved to her property on Florida Avenue in 1985. The Crocker Memorial Church was built in 1901 by Peter Crocker. It was later dismantled by Bay Haven Baptist and moved to Old Bradenton road and used by them until they outgrew it. They had also added the front porch and steeple and the stage area. Again Veronica Morgan saved the building and had it moved to Florida Avenue in 1985. The Historical Society worked out an agreement with the City of Sarasota to move the buildings to Pioneer Park in 2006. They had a three year restoration project and the buildings have been available for use since the fall of 2009. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Howard Rosenthal

Community Volunteer

Term: May 2015 - Apr 2016

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