Historical figures in the banner above are (L-R):
Rev. Jesse Knight, Frank Higel, Bertha Honoré Palmer, Dr. Fred Albee, John Nolen
Education is central to the mission of VAHS. The Society provides a variety of educational opportunities for members and the public.
The Betty Intagliata Lecture Series
The Society provides a series of programs each year. The programs, which feature noted scholars and speakers, are free and open to the public. See below for specific information. The Betty Intagliata Lecture Series is sponsored by the Venice Area Historical Society, with permanent funding provided by the Bill Jervey, Jr. Charitable Foundation.
"Gone But Not Forgotten: BLE-Built Buildings in Venice, Florida, Lost to the Wrecking Ball", by Gary Youngberg.
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"John Nolen's Plans for Mariemont, Ohio and Venice, Florida: A Comparison" by Joseph Schneider and Larry Goetz. Click here to watch.
"The Importance of Historic Preservation in Venice, Florida" by Larry Humes. Click here to watch.
"A Look at Historic Preservation" by Lorrie Muldowney and Dave Baber. Click here to watch.
"Bertha Palmer" by Kate Holmes, Re-Enactor. Click here to watch.
"Rose Phillips Wilson" by Kathryn Chesley, Re-Enactor. Click here to watch.
"Woodmere Lumber Company" by Harry Klinkhamer. Click here to watch.
"Eagle Point" by Jim Middleton. Click here to watch.
"Creating Sarasota County" by Dr. Frank Cassell. Click here to watch.
"So Women Got the Vote. What Did They Do With It?" by Phyllis Vogel. Click here to watch.
"Overview of the Women's Movement in U.S." by Kathryn Chesley. Click here to watch.
Educational Outreach to Schools and Children's Groups
Students and teachers are invited to age-appropriate tours of the Historic Venice Train Depot, the caboose, and the Rollins W. Coakley Railroad Park. In addition, many children visit the Depot through home school organizations, summer camps, and scouting programs. When possible, the Society gives grants for bus transportation. The Society has also provided educational materials on Florida history to local schools. Students and teachers are invited to attend the Society’s Monthly Lecture Series on historical themes.
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.
harmony with its emphasis on education and community outreach, VAHS
annually awards four scholarships to deserving graduating seniors at
Venice High School: The Betty Intagliata Scholarship, established 2011;
The Sue Chapman Scholarship, established 2013; The William Jervey
Scholarship, established 2014; and The Jervey Historic Preservation
Board Scholarship, established 2018. Click here for more information.
Member Field Trips
VAHS members and friends enjoy occasional field trips to places of historic interest in Florida. Some are day trips by bus or boat. Tours of historic destinations are arranged in advance.