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Ringling art museum
February 2014

Vintage Sarasota: Ringling Museum

Ringling Museum (ca 1930). One of Sarasota’s finest staples, the Ringling Museum officially and permanently opened to the public on January 17, 1932. Due to economic downturn in the ‘20s and ‘30s, John Ringling employed 300 members of the winter circus crew to help with construction when builders and land speculators left the area. In its first three […]

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R Luke duBois Ringling Museum
February 2014

Multimedia Artist R. Luke DuBois’ Exhibit Opens at Ringling Museum

The multimedia artist’s exhibit will run through May 4.

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January 2014

Vintage Sarasota: Post Office

Post Office (ca 1940). The Federal Building, the first permanently located (though not the first official) post office for Sarasota, was dedicated February 15, 1935. From the late 1800’s to the mid 1920’s, the post office changed locations a number of times, from stores to homes, a bank building, and even to a section of the Cummer Arcade […]

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Kitty Kelley Sarasota
January 2014

Five Questions with Author Kitty Kelley

Bestselling author Kitty Kelley returns to the Women’s Resource Center to discuss her new book about the March on Washington.

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January 2014

Vintage Sarasota: Palmer Bank

Palmer Bank (n.d.) Despite the collapsing land boom in the area and the economic crisis surrounding the times, the opening of Palmer Bank in 1929 saw potential growth. Within its first day of business, patrons deposited as much as $338,000! While other banks were closing around the city, Palmer Bank, backed by prominent business players in […]

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Meklit Hadero Ringling Museum
January 2014

Singer/Songwriter Meklit Hadero to Perform at Ringling This Weekend

Hadero will perform a selection of songs from her new album, “We Are Alive,” to be released in March.

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George W Bush Ringling Town Hall Sarasota
January 2014

Former President George W. Bush Opens 2014 Ringling Town Hall Lecture Series

Bush spoke to two sold-out and enthusiastic crowds.

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Court House Then and Now
January 2014

Vintage Sarasota: Court House

Court House (ca late 1920). Designed by Dwight James Baum (the same New Yorker who commissioned the Ca’d’Zan and the El Vernona-John Ringling Hotel), the Court House follows in his Mediterranean Revival style. Built in 1926-27, the floor plan has two wings intended to demonstrate the balance of power: one for administration, the other for judicial […]

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January 2014

Photo of the Week: A Sunset Moon

In this week’s photo of the week, we love the sunset over Sarasota Bay–and a peek at the rising moon.

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Early fire
January 2014

Vintage Sarasota: Bay View Hotel Fire

Bay View Hotel Fire (1910). In the early 1900’s, Sarasota lacked a proper fire department. For this reason, simple acts like carrying a candle into a stable was seen as a serious offense, and the perpetrator was subject to fines of $50 or doing jail time. Materials and floor plans used in construction made houses and […]

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