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c/o Sarasota History
P.O. Box 15043
Sarasota, Fl. 34277

If you have any questions concerning Historical Data contained in this website, you may direct those questions via email to the Sarasota County Historical Librarian or call: (941) 316-1115 or write to:
Sarasota County Historical Resources Dept.
701 Plaza de Santo Domingo
Sarasota, FL. 34236.


Historic Spanish Point

The Institute for Public History

Florida Historical Contexts

The Seminole Tribe of Florida

Florida Museum of Natural History

Florida Department of State - Historical Resources

A Short History of Florida - From Stone Age to Space Age

Florida Facts and History

Cartoons of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

Sarasota County Public Schools

Florida Driving Distances Chart


Crowley Museum and Nature Center
16405 Myakka Road
Sarasota, Fl, 34240
Meetings: Periodically
Contact: Debbie Dixon 322-1000

Friends of "Seagate" Inc.
The Powell Crosley Estate
P. 0. Box 2340
Sarasota, FL 34230
Contact: Kafi Benz 351-5239

Genealogical Society of Sarasota
P.O. Box 1917
Sarasota, FL 34230-1917
Meetings: 10:00 a.m., 3rd Saturday monthly, October to May
Contact: Sam Claypool 377-4038

Gulf Coast Heritage Association
(operates Historic Spanish Point)
P.O. Box 846
Osprey, Fl, 34229
Meetings: Annual
Contact: Cary Conley 966-5214

Historical Society of Sarasota County
P.O. Box 1632
Sarasota, FL 34230
Meetings: 8:00 p.m., 3rd Tuesday monthly from October to April
Contact: John McCarthy 378-6113

Lemon Bay Historical Society
P.O. Box 1245
Englewood, FL 34223
Meetings: 2nd Monday monthly from September to May
Contact: Dianna Harris 474-5837

Longboat Key Historical Society
P.O. Box 44 Longboat Key, FL 34228
Contact: Ralph Hunter 383-4066

Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation
P.O. Box 1754
Sarasota, FL 34230
Meetings: 3rd Thursday monthly (variable)
Contact: Debra Flynt-Garrett 953-8727

Time Sifters Archaeology Society
P.O. Box 25642, Southgate Station
Sarasota, FL 34277
Meetings: 3rd Wednesday monthly (variable) from September to May
Contact: Karen Jensen 924-2446

Triangle Inn Association
351 S. Nassau Street
Venice, FL 34285
Meetings: Annual
Contact: Norm Bensen 497-3404

Venice Historic Preservation League
P.O. Box 995
Venice, FL 34284-0995
Meetings: 7:00 pm, last Thursday monthly, Sept. to April
Contact: Ralph Richardson 486-8112

Venice Main Street, Inc.
P.O. Box 602
Venice, FL 34284
Contact: Dave Pierce 484-6722

Warm Mineral Springs Archaeological Society
Meetings: 3rd Wednesday monthly
Contact: Steve Koski 484-4037

Appointed Commissions:

Historic Preservation Board - appointed by Sarasota City Commission
Sarasota County Historical Commission - appointed by Board of County Commissioners
Venice Historical Commission - appointed by Venice City Council

Historical Research Facilities:

John and Mable Ringling Museum Archives
5401 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, FL 34243
Ph - 359-5744; FAX - 359-5731

Sarasota County Department of Historical Resources
701 Plaza de Santo Domingo
Sarasota, FL 34236
Ph - 316-1115; TDD - 316-1245; FAX - 316-1117
Hours for Research: Mon - Thurs 9-4, (Sat 9-1, Jan - Apr only)

Venice Archives and Area Historical Collection
351 South Nassau Street
Venice, FL 34285
Hours: Mon and Wed, 10-4