Historical figures in the banner are (L-R):  Rev. Jesse Knight, Frank Higel, Bertha Honoré Palmer, Dr. Fred Albee, John Nolen


Historical figures in the banner above are (L-R): 

Rev. Jesse Knight, Frank Higel, Bertha Honoré Palmer, Dr. Fred Albee, John Nolen

Calendar of Events

Upcoming events

    • February 10, 2022
    • 11:00 AM
    • Frances T. Bourne Jacaranda Library 4143 Woodmere Park Blvd, Venice, FL 34293

    "Eagle Point" by Jim "Diego" Middleton

    February 10, 2022, 11:00 AM.

    Explore the story of Eagle Point, an area established by Bertha Palmer in the early 1900s, now a historic district with the City of Venice.

    Camp Eagle Point represents a time in the history of our nation when many significant events were taking place: segregation and Jim Crow laws, World War I in full swing, and the Chicago World Fair in 1893, where Bertha Palmer emerged on the national scene. Eagle Point was originally conceived by Palmer as a fishing and hunting camp that later turned into an exclusive club. In 1989, it became one of four historic districts in the city of Venice. The story of Eagle Point is about the characters that participated in its development and preservation.

    Presenter, James “Diego” Middleton, a local Realtor, prides himself on knowing good real estate stories. A licensed broker in Colorado and Florida for over 40 years, he lived and worked at Eagle Point for 20 years restoring one of the 1916 wood frame cottages. As a member of the Venice Area Historical Society (VAHS) he has worked as a docent at the restored Historic Venice Train Depot where an original caboose is also located. Giving tours and telling the “Venice Story” continues to be an experience of a lifetime for Diego.

    His credentials also include 20 years on the City of Venice Historical Preservation Board, serving as an original board member of Venice Heritage, a non-profit committed to the preservation and presentation of the Lord Higel House, a planned pioneer museum located at the corner of Granada Ave. and Avenida Des Parques.

    Frances T. Bourne Jacaranda Library, 4143 Woodmere Park Blvd., Venice, FL  34293

    Click here to register.  Deadline to register is January 25.


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    "History of the Intracoastal Waterway" by George Miller

    February 24, 2022, 11:00 AM.

    Some people swear by the Intracoastal Waterway; some swear at it.  Ready for a little history about the often-controversial waterway, once referred to as “The Big Ditch”?  Hear about its intended purpose, funding sources, contentious route selection and dredging.  How did the construction of Venice’s three bridges and the Venice Bypass get factored into the Intracoastal Waterway Project?

    Speaker, George W. Miller spent 28 years in the fields of computing, networking, and telecommunications at a midwestern university.  He has long had an interest in local history.  Every family vacation included a trip to a visitor center to pick up a history book or two on some local topic.  When George and his wife became full time Venice residents in 2007, it was only natural that they were drawn to the Venice Area Historical Society (VAHS).

    George has served on the VAHS Board of Directors since 2009, twice serving as Treasurer.  He has been giving tours at the Historic Venice Depot since 2007 and currently chairs the Depot Committee.  In preparation for the 85th anniversary of the City of Venice and the Historic Venice Train Depot, he led the effort to upgrade the Depot exhibits.  George and his wife, Mary Huba, are currently providing leadership for the Circus Car Restoration Project.

    Frances T. Bourne Jacaranda Library, 4143 Woodmere Park Blvd., Venice, FL  34293

    Click here to register.  Deadline to register is February 24.


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    "The Historic Venice Train Depot" by George Miller

    March 8, 2022, 11:00 am.


    An overview and history of the railroad and the Venice Depot.

    The Venice Depot was built 16 years after the Seaboard Railway was extended to Venice from Sarasota. Once called the most beautiful railroad station on the Seaboard rail system, this building became inextricably intertwined with the development of Venice. Spend an hour learning about the important role the Venice Depot played, from its dedication on March 27, 1927, to the delivery of a restored Ringling Circus Train Car on January 28, 2021. Meet the major players in this saga: the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, the Kentucky Military Institute, the Army Air Corps, and the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

    Frances T. Bourne Jacaranda Library, 4143 Woodmere Park Blvd., Venice, FL  34293

    Click here to register.  Deadline to register is March 8.

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    Knowledgeable Society members are available to provide a variety of presentations to community groups within the Venice area to educate, enlighten, and entertain.  Each presentation addresses some aspect of Venice area history.  Donations are requested to defray costs.  Contact us for more information.





    • February 15, 2022
    • Location - Online Only

    “The Importance of Historic Preservation in Venice, Florida" by Larry Humes.  Humes, a graduate of the Kentucky Military Institute Graduate and Venice Retiree currently writes feature stories for The Venice Gondolier Sun.  He will discuss the impact of historic preservation on a city like Venice.

    This is the second of six programs describing aspects of Venice’s rich history as follows:

    • JOHN NOLEN who planned two cities from the bottom up—Venice, Florida, and Mariemont, Ohio
    • The unique features that Nolen incorporated into each city’s design
    • Buildings built in Venice that were funded by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers but have been lost to us over time
    • Historic preservation and why it is important in Venice, Florida.

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    Because of a possibility of continuing health concerns when programs were in the planning stage, the VAHS Board of Directors chose a videotaped format for the February program.  The March program is an outside tour.  April, May, and June programs will be held in-person at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Venice, 1971 Pinebrook Road in Venice.

    NOTE:  Members will be notified by email when this presentation is available for viewing.


    *The Betty Intagliata Lecture Series is sponsored by the Venice Area Historical Society, with permanent funding provided by the Bill Jervey, Jr. Charitable Foundation.  All programs are FREE and OPEN to the public.




    • February 24, 2022
    • 11:00 AM
    • Frances T. Bourne Jacaranda Library 4143 Woodmere Park Blvd, Venice, FL 34293

    "History of the Intracoastal Waterway" by George Miller

    February 24, 2022, 11:00 AM.

    Some people swear by the Intracoastal Waterway; some swear at it.  Ready for a little history about the often-controversial waterway, once referred to as “The Big Ditch”?  Hear about its intended purpose, funding sources, contentious route selection and dredging.  How did the construction of Venice’s three bridges and the Venice Bypass get factored into the Intracoastal Waterway Project?

    Speaker, George W. Miller spent 28 years in the fields of computing, networking, and telecommunications at a midwestern university.  He has long had an interest in local history.  Every family vacation included a trip to a visitor center to pick up a history book or two on some local topic.  When George and his wife became full time Venice residents in 2007, it was only natural that they were drawn to the Venice Area Historical Society (VAHS).

    George has served on the VAHS Board of Directors since 2009, twice serving as Treasurer.  He has been giving tours at the Historic Venice Depot since 2007 and currently chairs the Depot Committee.  In preparation for the 85th anniversary of the City of Venice and the Historic Venice Train Depot, he led the effort to upgrade the Depot exhibits.  George and his wife, Mary Huba, are currently providing leadership for the Circus Car Restoration Project.

    Frances T. Bourne Jacaranda Library, 4143 Woodmere Park Blvd., Venice, FL  34293

    Click here to register.  Deadline to register is February 24.

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    "The Historic Venice Train Depot" by George Miller

    March 8, 2022, 11:00 am.

    An overview and history of the railroad and the Venice Depot.

    The Venice Depot was built 16 years after the Seaboard Railway was extended to Venice from Sarasota. Once called the most beautiful railroad station on the Seaboard rail system, this building became inextricably intertwined with the development of Venice. Spend an hour learning about the important role the Venice Depot played, from its dedication on March 27, 1927, to the delivery of a restored Ringling Circus Train Car on January 28, 2021. Meet the major players in this saga: the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, the Kentucky Military Institute, the Army Air Corps, and the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

    Frances T. Bourne Jacaranda Library, 4143 Woodmere Park Blvd., Venice, FL  34293

    Click here to register.  Deadline to register is March 8.

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    Knowledgeable Society members are available to provide a variety of presentations to community groups within the Venice area to educate, enlighten, and entertain.  Each presentation addresses some aspect of Venice area history.  Donations are requested to defray costs.  Contact us for more information.

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    "VALENTINES FUN FOR EVERYONE" on February 12th at 7 pm at the Venice Community Center by clicking here.

    Chucko the All-American Clown, and his friends are back with another ALL-NEW LIVE CARTOON SHOW! This time with a VALENTINE THEME!


    All tickets benefit the WORLD OF CHUCKO local Senior care and Special needs community outreach programing. Kids are FREE with a paid adult ticket.  Tickets are $20.00


    VAHS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and has registered with the State of Florida to solicit contributions.  A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES AT WWW.800HELPFLA.COM OR BY CALLING TOLL-FREE WITHIN (800-435-7352) OR OUTSIDE (850-410-3800) FLORIDA.  REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.” Ch 32089


    • March 08, 2022
    • 11:00 AM
    • Frances T. Bourne Jacaranda Library 4143 Woodmere Park Blvd, Venice, FL 34293


    "The Historic Venice Train Depot" by George Miller

    March 8, 2022, 11:00 am.

    An overview and history of the railroad and the Venice Depot.

    The Venice Depot was built 16 years after the Seaboard Railway was extended to Venice from Sarasota. Once called the most beautiful railroad station on the Seaboard rail system, this building became inextricably intertwined with the development of Venice. Spend an hour learning about the important role the Venice Depot played, from its dedication on March 27, 1927, to the delivery of a restored Ringling Circus Train Car on January 28, 2021. Meet the major players in this saga: the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, the Kentucky Military Institute, the Army Air Corps, and the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

    Speaker, George W. Miller spent 28 years in the fields of computing, networking, and telecommunications at a midwestern university.  He has long had an interest in local history.  Every family vacation included a trip to a visitor center to pick up a history book or two on some local topic.  When George and his wife became full time Venice residents in 2007, it was only natural that they were drawn to the Venice Area Historical Society (VAHS).

    George has served on the VAHS Board of Directors since 2009, twice serving as Treasurer.  He has been giving tours at the Historic Venice Depot since 2007 and currently chairs the Depot Committee.  In preparation for the 85th anniversary of the City of Venice and the Historic Venice Train Depot, he led the effort to upgrade the Depot exhibits.  George and his wife, Mary Huba, are currently providing leadership for the Circus Car Restoration Project.

    Frances T. Bourne Jacaranda Library, 4143 Woodmere Park Blvd., Venice, FL  34293

    Click here to register.  Deadline to register is March 8.

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    Knowledgeable Society members are available to provide a variety of presentations to community groups within the Venice area to educate, enlighten, and entertain.  Each presentation addresses some aspect of Venice area history.  Donations are requested to defray costs.  Contact us for more information.


    VAHS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and has registered with the State of Florida to solicit contributions.  A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES AT WWW.800HELPFLA.COM OR BY CALLING TOLL-FREE WITHIN (800-435-7352) OR OUTSIDE (850-410-3800) FLORIDA.  REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.” Ch 32089



    • March 15, 2022
    • West Blalock Park Gazebo 401 Penscacola Rd., Venice, FL 34285


    "Tour of John Nolen's Pocket Parks in Venice, Florida"

    March 15, 2022

    9:30 am or 11:30 am

    Tour Guide:  Bruce Stephenson, Director, Department of Environmental Studies and Sustainable Urbanism, Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida.  Dr. Stephenson is the author of John Nolen:  Landscape Architect and City Planner.

    Reservations for these outdoor tours can be made by clicking here.

    Meet at the Gazebo in West Blalock Park

    401 Pensacola Rd., Venice, FL  34285

    Limit:  35 for each tour



    *The Betty Intagliata Lecture Series is sponsored by the Venice Area Historical Society, with permanent funding provided by the Bill Jervey, Jr. Charitable Foundation.  All programs are FREE and OPEN to the public.




    • March 18, 2022
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Pelican Pointe Golf & Country Club, 499 Derbyshire Dr. Venice, FL 34285
    Register


    VAHS Member Luncheon and Annual Meeting

    "Come!  Celebrate history with us!"


    March 18, 2022

    Pelican Pointe Golf and Country Club
    499 Derbyshire Drive, Venice, FL 34285

    AGENDA

    11:30 AM—Socializing and *Purchase of Raffle Tickets

    NoonLuncheon

    • Chicken Marsala
    • Salmon with Herb Buerre Blanc Sauce
    • Garden Salad Bar with Homemade Dressings
    • Roasted Fingerling Potatoes
    • Green Beans Almondine
    • Rolls and Butter
    • Assorted Desserts
    • Coffee, Tea or Iced Tea.

    12:40 PMSpeakers

    “Here’s to History: Tales & Trivia”

    by Andrea Knies and Mimi Cirbusova

    Co-Owners and Co-Founders of Compass Rose History Experiences in Sarasota.

    12:55 PM—Annual Meeting

    Meet Your New Board

    1:25 PM—Raffle Drawing*

    1:30 PM—Adjournment

    Tickets $30.  Reservations for the luncheon may be sent with your check (made payable to VAHS) to VAHS Annual Meeting, PO Box 995, Venice, FL 34284-0995.  Please list reservation name(s) in the memo line. Final date for reservations is March 11th.

    Let's Spring Into the Giving Challenge!

    *VAHS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and has registered with the State of Florida to solicit contributions.  A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES AT WWW.800HELPFLA.COM OR BY CALLING TOLL-FREE WITHIN (800-435-7352) OR OUTSIDE (850-410-3800) FLORIDA.  REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.” Ch 32089

    • April 19, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 1971 Pinebrook Rd. Venice, FL 34292

    "John Nolen's Plans for Mariemont, Ohio and Venice, Florida:  A Comparison" by Joseph Schneider and Larry Goetz.  

    Schneider and Goetz are with the Mariemont Preservation Foundation, Mariemont, Ohio.  They will discuss John Nolen's planned communities of Mariemont, Ohio and Venice, Florida.




    *The Betty Intagliata Lecture Series is sponsored by the Venice Area Historical Society, with permanent funding provided by the Bill Jervey, Jr. Charitable Foundation.  All programs are FREE and OPEN to the public.




    • April 26, 2022
    • 12:15 PM
    • April 27, 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • Online Only



    Details to come.

    VAHS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and has registered with the State of Florida to solicit contributions.  A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES AT WWW.800HELPFLA.COM OR BY CALLING TOLL-FREE WITHIN (800-435-7352) OR OUTSIDE (850-410-3800) FLORIDA.  REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.” Ch 32089




    • May 17, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 1971 Pinebrook Rd. Venice, FL 34292

    "Gone But Not Forgotten: BLE-Built Buildings in Venice, Florida, Lost to the Wrecking Ball" by Gary Youngberg

    Presenter:  Gary Youngberg who was born and grew up in Venice, Florida.  Gary's grandfather was a mayor of Venice.


    *The Betty Intagliata Lecture Series is sponsored by the Venice Area Historical Society, with permanent funding provided by the Bill Jervey, Jr. Charitable Foundation.  All programs are FREE and OPEN to the public.




    • June 21, 2022
    • 2:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • 1971 Pinebrook Rd. Venice, FL 34292

    "The John Nolen Historic District of Venice, Florida" by Dorothy Korwek.


    Korwek, former Director of Historical Resources for the City of Venice (1996-2007), will discuss how the historic district came about and its extreme importance to the City of Venice, Florida.




    *The Betty Intagliata Lecture Series is sponsored by the Venice Area Historical Society, with permanent funding provided by the Bill Jervey, Jr. Charitable Foundation.  All programs are FREE and OPEN to the public.




VAHS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and has registered with the State of Florida to solicit contributions.  A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES AT WWW.800HELPFLA.COM OR BY CALLING TOLL-FREE WITHIN (800-435-7352) OR OUTSIDE (850-410-3800) FLORIDA.  REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.” Ch 32089

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