Join us on Thursday, April 4 from 4:00-5:00pm for the premiere of the new Sarasota history book, “Creating Sarasota County” by Frank A. Cassell. Enjoy lite bites, donation bar, and a special presentation from the author. FREE event; Books available for purchase.
Location: Historic Spanish Point Visitor Center | 337 N. Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL 34229
About the book: The creation of Sarasota County in 1921 inspired intrigue and drama, pitting local economic rivals against one another. The civic leaders of the Sarasota district fought what they saw as an incompetent and biased Manatee County Commission for seven years to build the roads needed to support their ambitions for growth and prosperity before finally winning out. They encountered other challenges, including the great Florida land boom of the 1920s, the construction of the Tamiami Trail and even an unsolved murder, but Sarasotans persevered to realize their dreams and fulfill their economic ambitions. Dr. Frank Cassell recounts this dramatic history and the tales of the men and women who led the county independence movement.
About the author: Frank A. Cassell is president and Professor Emeritus at the University of Pittsburgh–Greensburg. He is an officer of the Sarasota County Historical Commission and the History and Preservation Coalition of Sarasota County. He has published books on Bertha Palmer in Florida, the early American republic, Indiana social history and his experiences as a university president.