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Vintage Sarasota: Get to Know Colonel John Hamilton Gillespie

Get to know Colonel John Hamilton Gillespie in this week's Vintage Sarasota post.

01/26/2015 By Sarasota County Historical Resources staff members

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City's Purchase Started Civic Center

Mayor E.A. Smith was crucial to the purchase of Sarasota's Civic Center in the 1930s.

01/26/2015 By Sarasota County Historical Resources staff members

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Vintage Sarasota: Clamming in Sarasota Bay

This week's Vintage Sarasota post: A history of clamming in Sarasota.

12/29/2014 By Sarasota County Historical Resources staff members

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The History of Sarasota's City Pier

Learn this history of Sarasota's city pier in our latest Vintage Sarasota post.

12/12/2014 By Sarasota County Historical Resources staff members

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Caples Convinced Ringlings to Come to Sarasota

Ralph C. Caples and his wife, Ellen, were instrumental to Sarasota's growth.

11/17/2014 By Sarasota County Historical Resources staff members

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Vintage Sarasota: Dr. Blanche Burgner Was Sarasota's First Female Doctor

Dr. Blanche A. Burgner moved to Sarasota in 1925 and became the area's first female doctor.

11/03/2014 By Sarasota County Historical Resources staff members

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Bee Biz a Sweet Deal for Mivilles

For A.J. "Pat" and Betty Miville, their Sun Fed Honey Company turned out to be a sweet deal.

10/22/2014 By Sarasota County Historical Resources staff members

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Vintage Sarasota: Bee Ridge Community Grew in Early 1900s

Construction of the Bee Ridge Hotel (pictured) in 1914 symbolized the growth of the Bee Ridge Community in the second decade of the 20th century.

10/14/2014 By Sarasota County Historical Resources staff members

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Bayfront Project Caused Turmoil in Sarasota

The rerouting of U.S. 41, and its effect on Sarasota's bayfront, caused turmoil in the 1950s.

09/30/2014 By Larry Kelleher

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The History of Sarasota's Amish and Mennonite Communities

In this Vintage Sarasota post, we explore the history of the Amish and Mennonite communities in Sarasota.

09/19/2014 By Larry Kelleher

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Vintage Sarasota: Local Aviation Interest Took Off in Early 1900s

In our latest Vintage Sarasota post, we explore the history of aviation in our region.

09/09/2014 By Larry Kelleher

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Vintage Sarasota: Atlantic Coast Line Railway Remembered

In this week's Vintage Sarasota post, we remember the Atlantic Coast Railway.

08/29/2014 By Larry Kelleher

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Abundant Fishing in Sarasota Bay

In this week's Vintage Sarasota post, we explore the history of Sarasota's fishing industry.

08/22/2014 By Larry Kelleher

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Vintage Sarasota: City's Purchase Started Civic Center

In the 1930s, the city bought a $15,000 tract of land that would become the Sarasota Civic Center.

08/15/2014 By Larry Kelleher

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Baseball Legend Ted Williams Spent Time in Sarasota

Baseball legend Ted Williams was a fixture in Sarasota.

08/07/2014 By Larry Kelleher

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Vintage Sarasota: Mira Mar Auditorium Transformed Downtown

The historic Mira Mar auditorium in downtown Sarasota was crucial to the city's growth in the early 20th century.

07/29/2014 By Larry Kelleher

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Vintage Sarasota: Picnics at "Uncle Ben" Stickney's

In the early years of this century, before bridges connected the keys to the mainland, a favorite place to have a picnic was "Uncle Ben" Stickney's.

07/21/2014 By Larry Kelleher

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As Sarasota Grew, So Did St. Martha Catholic Church

St. Martha Catholic Church began as one of a number of mission outposts served by Jesuit priests from Tampa.

07/11/2014 By Larry Kelleher

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Vintage Sarasota: "Mosquito Control is Assured"

The Sarasota County Anti-Mosquito Program finally became a reality in 1945.

06/26/2014 By Larry Kelleher

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Vintage Sarasota: The Origins of City Island

Early in Sarasota municipal history, several city councils wanted a channel dredged from the Gulf of Mexico to Sarasota Bay.

06/16/2014 By Larry Kelleher