Presenting Centennial



Welcome to our Media Page! Here we will be posting Centennial videos, podcasts, radio interviews and links to special newspaper editions.
Check back often as we will be updating and adding more media as the Celebration continues.

The Sarasota County Libraries and Historical Resources system has announced its choice for its annual One Book, One Community program. And the winner is authored by our Committee Chair and local writer-historian Frank A. Cassell: Suncoast Empire: Bertha Honore Palmer, Her Family, and the Rise of Sarasota.


Bertha Palmer

Dr. Frank Cassell

Dr. Frank Cassell

Cathy Antunes, WSLR Radio, Interviews Centennial Committee Chair, Frank Cassell about Bertha Palmer and the Centennial.   LISTEN:

Sarasota County Centennial Panel Discussion hosted by the Tiger Bay Club with author Jeff LaHurd, historian John McCarthy and Kathryn Chesley as Rose Wilson.
Pedro Reis, founder of the Sarasota Circus Arts Conservatory talks about the Sailor Circus and shows us some very colorful costumes.
The Betty Intagliata Lecture Series features Dr. Frank Cassell who tells the story behind the fight to split from Manatee County and the personalities involved. Fascinating history!
Author and Centennial Committee Chair Frank Cassell shares highlights from his new book Creating Sarasota County. Learn how and why Sarasota County was founded in 1921.
Diana Allen, past-president of the Bee Ridge Woman's Club tells us a bit about the club's rich history.
SUN Media's special edition "Celebrate Our Centennial" 100 Years in Charlotte and Sarasota Counties.


The Sarasota Centennial 2021 Committee sincerely thanks all of the sponsors who are supporting our 100th year celebration!
The once-in-a-lifetime Centennial Celebration would not be possible without them.


Interviews hosted by the Centennial Committee's Tom Bowers

Tom Bowers speaks with Dan Bailey about the history of Williams Parker.

Tom Bowers speaks with Dan Bailey about the history of Williams Parker.
Terry Redman, President of the Friends of Sarasota County Parks talks about this volunteer organization and its accomplishments.
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Beth Cassell Audio:

The Centennial Committee's Tom Bowers speaks with Terry Redman, President of the Friends of Sarasota County Parks.

Marilyn Gerkin Audio:



In 1976, the Sarasota County Board of County Commissioners authorized the Historical Commission to establish a program to identify by placement of a marker historically significant events, people, or places. Throughout the County, markers commemorate archaeological sites, architectural structures, events, historic sites, natural resources, and persons that form the basis of Sarasota's history. CLICK HERE to view our ever-expanding Historical Marker page.

GPS Marker Map




A look at events and programs of Englewood's venerable historical society over the years including the annual Cracker Fair.

Fine art photographer Elizabeth Siegfried details the backstory of finding a box of lost 16mm films of Circus performers
A tour of Old Englewood, Florida narrated by Amy Hibbard and Bernie Reading. Video added and edited by Don Bayley. Produced for the Sarasota County Centennial by the Lemon Bay Historical Society and the Englewood Museum.
A tour of Englewood Museum at the Historic Lampp House with Curator Betty Nugent portraying Lottie Lampp.

Jim (Diego) Middleton shares the history and personalities behind the development and evolution of "Eagle Point."
Nancy Wille, a member of the Lemon Bay Historical Society, has lived in Englewood since 1949. She has taken hundreds of photos over the years documenting the history of the area. Here she narrates a slideshow of her best photos.

Thank You To All Our


The Sarasota Centennial 2021 committee would like to thank all of the sponsors who have supported our 100th year celebration.