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 Nole

Calendar of Events

Upcoming events

    • April 08, 2020
    • 303 E. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285


    • April 10, 2020
    • 303 E. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285


    • April 11, 2020
    • 303 E. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285


    • April 11, 2020
    • 303 E. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285


    • April 13, 2020
    • 303 E. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285


    • April 15, 2020
    • 303 E. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285


    • April 17, 2020
    • 303 E. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285


    • April 18, 2020
    • 303 E. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285


    • April 18, 2020
    • 303 E. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285


    • April 20, 2020
    • 303 E. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285


    • April 21, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • UUCOV Sanctuary, 1971 Pinebrook Rd., Venice, FL 34292

    Note:  This event has been cancelled.

    John McCarthy (Executive Director of Gulf Coast Heritage Association and Historic Spanish Point) and Jim Middleton (Longtime VAHS Member and Active Venice Depot Docent) present a program entitled "Anti-Suffrage Versus Pro-Suffrage Male Arguments."


    • April 22, 2020
    • 303 E. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285


    • April 24, 2020
    • 303 E. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285


    • April 25, 2020
    • 303 E. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285


    • April 25, 2020
    • 303 E. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285


    • April 27, 2020
    • 303 E. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285


    • April 28, 2020
    • 12:00 PM
    • April 29, 2020
    • 12:00 PM
    • Online Only



    Click here to donate starting at

    Noon on April 28 and ending at Noon on April 29.  You can also go to this website www.givingpartnerchallenge.org 

    and search for Venice Area Historical Society starting April 28 at Noon.

    If you need assistance during the Giving Challenge, please call

    VAHS President Sue Chapman at

    941-412-0151.

    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.

    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 29, 2020
    • 303 E. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285


    • May 02, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • 303 E. Venice Ave. Venice, FL 34285
    VAHS will NOT be participating this year.  The Depot is closed due to the Coronavirus Disease (Covid-19).
    • May 19, 2020
    • UUCOV Sanctuary, 1971 Pinebrook Rd., Venice, FL 34292

    Note:  This event has been cancelled.

    "Fight for the Vote:  An Overall View" with presenter Phyllis Vogel.  Ms. Vogel is the program chair, League of Women Voters of Sarasota County.




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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