Historical figures in the banner above are (L-R):
Rev. Jesse Knight, Frank Higel, Bertha Honoré Palmer, Dr. Fred Albee, John Nolen
Welcome to VAHS
Please support VAHS in the upcoming Giving Challenge! As you know, due to the Coronavirus Disease, the Society canceled its Historic Venice Train Depot tours and the Betty Intagliata Lecture Series for the foreseeable future. This has eliminated raffle income and Depot donations that VAHS relies on. But you can help! Get ready.
The Giving Challenge (an online only event) starts April 28 at Noon! Click here to donate starting at Noon on April 28 and ending at Noon on April 29. DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT! Preserve Key Historic Assets at Venice Train Depot.
The Patterson Foundation will Match Donations 1:1 between $25 and $100. VAHS has provided tours of the Historic Venice Train Depot to over 40,000 visitors. It now needs funds to provide ongoing maintenance of key historic assets that it leases at the Depot—the Depot waiting rooms, a caboose that is on display at the Depot campus, and a soon-to-be-donated-and-leased circus train car. The latter is a retired Ringling train car that VAHS has purchased and is refurbishing. When completed and placed on the Depot campus, it will provide exhibits and displays to educate the public about the 30+ years that Venice was the Winter Headquarters for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
We Need Your Help! Fundraising is ongoing for the Circus Train project and VAHS programs.
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Preserve the Venice Depot's Circus Train Heritage!
Both the Gulf Coast Community
Foundation and the Kathleen K. Catlin Foundation at the Community
Foundation of Sarasota County have awarded significant grants to VAHS to
help preserve the Venice Depot's Circus Train Heritage! VAHS welcomes
Gulf Coast and the Community Foundation as partners in preserving
Venice's Circus and railroad heritage in a visible and exciting way.
For more information about the project, see the Circus Train Page.
Pictures of the circus car's renovation and its prior move to Venice.
Visiting Venice's Historic Depot
If you are considering a trip to the Historic Venice Train Depot,
either for yourself, your family and friends, or a large group,
check out relevant information at The Depot.
Upcoming Depot Tours & Events
There are many benefits to becoming a member of VAHS. All members
receive both the Society’s newsletter and first-hand notification of
Society events. Members also participate in Society decision making
by attending member meetings. To become a member of VAHS, download this Membership Brochure.