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

    • January 18, 2022
    • Location - Online Only

    "Online-Only Video Presentation--A Look at Historic Preservation" by Lorrie Muldowney and Dave Baber


    Muldowney and Baber will talk in layman's terms and will discuss Historic Preservation in Sarasota County.  Both are former General Managers of the Sarasota County Department of Historical Resources, and both serve on the Board of the Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation (a county-wide

    organization).


    To view this presentation, (1) turn on the speaker for your viewing device, e.g., computer, tablet, etc.; (2)  click here.  If you desire to view the program in full screen mode, move the cursor across the screen and [click] on the "full screen" symbol shown in the lower right-hand corner of the video.  Enjoy!

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    This is the first 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 January and February programs.  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.

    *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.


    Upcoming Programs in the Series:


    February 15, 2022

    “The Importance of Historic Preservation in Venice, Florida”

    Presenter:  Larry Humes, Kentucky Military Institute Graduate and Venice Retiree.  Larry currently writes feature stories for the Venice Gondolier Sun.

    The February program will be available for viewing on or after February 15. To view the programs, go to veniceareahistoricalsociety.org and click on the EDUCATION tab.  Each video will be on the website indefinitely.

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

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    March 15, 2022, 9:30 am or 11:30 am.

    “Tour of John Nolen’s Pocket Parks in Venice, Florida”  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 are available online now.  Click here to register.

    Meet at the Gazebo in West Blalock Park, 401 Pensacola Rd, Venice, FL  34285.

    Limit: 35 for each tour.

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    April 19, 2022, 7 p.m.

    “John Nolen’s Plan for Mariemont, Ohio, and Venice, Florida”

    Presenters:  Joseph Schneider and Larry Goetz, residents of both cities (six months each). 

    Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Venice, 1971 Pinebrook Road, Venice.

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    May 17, 2022, 7 p.m.

    “Gone But Not Forgotten:  BLE-Built Buildings in Venice, Florida, Lost to the Wrecking Ball.”

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

    Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Venice, 1971 Pinebrook Road, Venice.

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    June 21, 2022, 7 p.m.

    “The John Nolen Historic District of Venice, Florida”

    Presenter:  Dorothy Korwek, Former Director of Historical Resources for the City of Venice (1996-2007)

    Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Venice, 1971 Pinebrook Road, Venice.

    • January 21, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Venice Chamber of Commerce 597 S Tamiami Trail, Venice, FL 34285

    Visit the Venice area historical society booth at the:

    Venice Area Chamber of Commerce
    Non-Profit Rally

    Friday, January 21, 2022

    10 AM - 2 PM

    Venice Area Chamber of Commerce

    (This event will be held in the Chamber parking lot) 

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

    Now a historic district within the City of Venice, explore the story of this early area in our community established by Bertha Palmer.

    A special presentation by the Venice Area Historical Society Speakers Bureau.

    For more information about the Venice Area Historical Society, please visit https://veniceareahistoricalsociety.org/

    Click here to register.








    • 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
    • Jacaranda Library 4143 Woodmere Park Blvd, Venice, FL 34293

    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?

    Our 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.

    A special presentation by the Venice Area Historical Society Speakers Bureau.

    For more information about the Venice Area Historical Society, please visit https://veniceareahistoricalsociety.org/

    Click here to register.








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

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

    A special presentation by the Venice Area Historical Society as part of its Speakers Bureau.

    For more information about the Venice Area Historical Society, please visit https://veniceareahistoricalsociety.org/

    Registration recommended.

    Click here to register.








    • 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


    VAHS Member Luncheon and Annual Meeting

    March 18, 2022

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

    AGENDA & MENU-TBA

    11:30 AM

    Speakers will be Andrea Knies and Mimi Cirbusova are Co-Owners and Co-Founders of Compass Rose History Experiences in Sarasota.


    *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
    • 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
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 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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