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

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

  • 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


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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