Come Together

The Merger of Historic Spanish Point With Selby Gardens May Foretell a Trend

We may be seeing more such mergers, given the dire financial situation many nonprofits are finding themselves in.

09/14/2020 By Ilene Denton

The Future Was Female

Bertha Honore Palmer Left Her Mark as a Developer, Philanthropist and Innovator in Early 20th-Century Sarasota

To mark Amendment 19's 100th anniversary of giving women the right to vote, we're telling the stories of influential local women.

08/17/2020 By Kay Kipling

The Future Was Female

Who Was the Celebrated Pioneer Who Gave Palmer Ranch Its Name?

Bertha Honore Palmer was a famed Chicago socialite—and so much more.

06/15/2020 By Kay Kipling and Ilene Denton

A Home with History

Pioneering Bertha Palmer’s Circa 1918 Siesta Key Cottage is Reborn

Along with a brand-new main residence and outdoor living area, it forms a charming Point of Rocks estate.

06/15/2020 By Ilene Denton

Row Your Boat

Magic Boat Relaunch: Where Did the Magic Go?

After a summer of scheduled maintenance, Historic Spanish Point has relaunched the Magic for tours along Little Sarasota Bay.

11/07/2018 By Jonathan Goodman

Into the Wild

The Making of Myakka River State Park

Generosity, vision and the Great Depression all played a role.

11/29/2017 By Kay Kipling

Sunshine Memories

Life Wasn't Easy for Sarasota's Early Pioneers

But tourists came here from almost the very beginning.

12/28/2016 Edited by Kay Kipling and Bob Plunket

Article

Our Town: Sarasota Community News, March 2015

Hot topics, talk and history.

02/27/2015 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Article

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