John McCarthy

Executive Director, Gulf Coast Heritage Association

Join us for a special historic presentation series on the “Untold Stories” of Historic Spanish Point and the surrounding area. Enjoy lite bites and a cash bar while Executive Director and local historian, John McCarthy, shares the incredible stories of our area never before told.


$15 for Historic Spanish Point Members | $20 for Future Members. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling (941) 966-5214.

Upcoming Events:

The Untold Story of Cuban Fishermen at Spanish Point

Friday, May 15, 2020 | 6:00pm-7:30pm | Guptill House

Why is it called Spanish Point? This illustrated presentation will dive the often overlooked era of large-scale fishing by Spanish fishermen based on the island of Cuba. From the mid-1700s to the time of the homesteaders, Cuban fishing ranchos were located along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts of Florida. This presentation will explore what we know – and what we don’t know about this vital economic driver that predates most of the commonly reported local history.

(Please note: This event will take place outdoors at Guptill House. Trams will be available to transport guests from the Gazebo area when they arrive.)

The Untold Story of African Americans in Osprey

Thursday, June 4, 2020 | 6:00-7:30pm

When most people think about the history of African-Americans in Sarasota they think of the historic communities of Overtown, Newtown and Laurel. Recent research has revealed an African American heritage in Osprey, dating from the pioneer days to modern times. This illustrated presentation will explore what we know and what we don’t know about the African American legacy in Osprey.

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