Events

Civic Group to Honor John McCarthy at Annual Celebration

For decades, McCarthy has worked on environmental issues, parks management and historic preservation, given tours and lectures about the history of Sarasota and more.

10/16/2018 By Staff

Angola's Ashes

A Newly Excavated Settlement Highlights Florida’s History as a Haven for Escaped Slaves

Called one of the most significant historical sites in Florida and perhaps the U.S. by Florida historian Canter Brown Jr., Angola is a story of struggle, tragedy and, ultimately, survival in the quest for freedom.

06/27/2018 By Isaac Eger

Weather Report

How Weather Shaped Our History

Pam Daniel and Robert Plunket consider the sunshine factor, hurricane havoc, fatal freezes—and more.

06/27/2018 By Pam Daniel and Robert Plunket

Good Day, Sunshine

Major Hurricanes Rarely Hit Our Region. Here’s Why.

Because of the shape of Florida’s land mass and atmospheric factors related to the rotation of the earth, hurricanes tend to make landfall to the south and travel east across Florida, or to curve north and hit the northern Gulf Coast.

06/27/2018 By Pam Daniel

Good Day, Sunshine

Golden Heat Built Our Fortune, Inspired Our Art, Plagued Our Summers and Made Us Who We Are Today

You could argue that everything good that’s happened here has been tied to our glorious weather.

06/27/2018 By Robert Plunket

Climate Catastrophe

A Historian Looks Back at Transformative Florida Weather Events

In the Sunshine State, epic hurricanes and killer freezes have wrecked economies and changed the landscape. Here are some that stand out.

06/25/2018 By Gary R. Mormino

History

North Port May Finally Be Taking Steps to Limit Damage to Prehistoric Sites

For decades, the city of North Port allowed damage to occur to these sites. But things may be changing now, thanks to an ordinary-looking marsh and a small group of activists.

06/25/2018 By Brad Edmondson

History

Sarasota Church Celebrates 100 Years

Truvine Missionary Baptist Church, located at 1947 31st St., Sarasota, is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding this month.

05/15/2018 By Staff

History

Presentation to Highlight Significance of Newly Discovered Archaeological Site

The Sarasota County Council of Neighborhood Associations is hosting a talk by John McCarthy.

05/10/2018 By Staff

Boating

Sarasota's Maritime Heritage to Be Discussed Next Month

Historic Spanish Point executive director John McCarthy will discuss Sarasota's maritime heritage during a presentation at Alderman Oaks.

04/19/2018 By Staff

Tourism

Maritime Museum Renovates Historic Cortez General Store

The Florida Maritime Museum recently renovated Cortez's original general store to serve as a folk craft school and as storage and research space.

03/14/2018 By Staff

History

Gulf Coast Community Foundation Speaker Discusses Civility in Divisive Times

Professor and author Noah Feldman's most important message? “It’s going to be all right.”

02/23/2018 By Susan Burns

Time Travel

Four Generations of Local Women Collaborate on New Book

"Everybody has a story in them. Everybody has something they can either teach or something they can tell."

01/10/2018 By Stephanie Isaac

From the Editor

Behind the Scenes of 100 Years of History

For our January cover package, we go digging through the historical archives.

12/29/2016 By Pam Daniel

Bring the Cane

How Sugar Cane Syrup Fueled the Growth of One Manatee County Neighborhood

A new historical marker details the role an Alabama food company played in the founding of Whitfield Estates.

03/24/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker