SEBRING HISTORICAL SOCIETY EVENTS & EXHIBITS

The Sebring Historical Society meets quarterly on the fourth Saturday of January, April, July, and October at the Sebring Civic Center. We also have temporary exhibits throughout the year!

 Downtown Sebring Morning by Linda Kegley 

April 2019 Luncheon Meeting

The Sebring Historical Society’s Next Meeting 

Quarterly Luncheon on Saturday April 27 2019 @ 12pm

Ken Breslauer - Speaker

Ken Breslauer is the communication’s director and track historian at Sebring International Raceway. He is the author of several books including The Official History of America’s Sport Car Racing, 50 years of Stock Car Racing, Sebring12 Hours. His newest book is Florida Roadside Attractions. It is a complete guide to Florida Tourist Attractions before Disney. There will be books available for sale, and we are sure he would be willing to autograph your copy. The quarterly luncheon will be on Saturday-April 27. The covered dish lunch will be held in the Jack Stroup (Sebring) Civic Center beginning at NOON. The luncheon is open to the public so invite your friends. There is no charge for members. Guests will be asked to make a $5.00 donation.

March 2019 Peace River Nature Cruise

Peace River Nature Cruise

Saturday March 30 2019 @ 11am

Cost: Adults: $75 Children (ages 3-11): $38

A 3 ½-hour true eco-tour with interpretation by naturalists from the well-known Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center. We will depart from the dock at the mouth of Peace River and travel upriver towards the center of the state. We will experience the flora and fauna of four different ecosystems as we journey from the open waters of Charlotte Harbor into the scenic, winding Peace River. The banks are lined with overhanging trees, native grasses and other vegetation, as basking alligators often pose to please photographers. From approximately January through April, nesting birds on rookery islands a special attraction. Cameras and binoculars are definitely in order on this trip.

Transportation will be on Annett Bus Lines, so just sit back and relax and enjoy the trip. For more information contact Sebring Historical Society at 863-471-2522.

***No meal is included in this trip. Restaurants available***

March 2019 Lunch and Learn

Sebring Historical Society Lunch and Learn

Seminole Dolls

Wednesday March 13 2019 @12:00pm

Sebring Historical Society is proud to announce the beginning of a new monthly event. It will be called “Lunch and Learn”. Robin Tomberlin Nason from Tampa will be bringing her Seminole Indian doll collection for display and speaking about the history of the dolls. You may bring your lunch if you desire, and enjoy a presentation and display about the palmetto fiber dolls made by the Seminole Indians for the tourist trade. Feel free to bring any Seminole dolls you wish to share.

 

Due to limited space, reservations are required. Please call Jim Pollard at the Sebring Historical Society or email him for a reservation.

Phone: (863) 471-2522

Email: info@sebringhistoricalsociety.org

Highlands Hammock State Park Exhibit (Opening in May)

Come to this exhibit and learn some of the lesser-known facts about Highlands Hammock State Park. Did you know: 

 

  • that the land on which the park is situated was owned in the 1920s by five of Sebring’s pioneer families? The SHS exhibit provides background information about these families gleaned from ancestry.com

 

  • that Sebring residents fought to have Highlands Hammock designated a national park and that Mrs. John Roebling, wife of John Roebling II, developer of the Red Hill estate at Archbold Biological Station in Lake Placid, was among them. The SHS has papers that document this early example of grassroots support for environmental conservation.

 

  • that the park is one of the highest ranking parks in Florida for endemic biodiversity? You’ll see brochures, pamphlets, and journal articles outlining this.

 

  • that the Civilian Conservation Corps developed the beginnings of a botanical garden in the park? CCC records, which the SHS has in its possession, describe this.

 

  • that tram tours were initiated in the 1950s by Florida pioneer botanist Carol Beck? Ms. Beck tells about it in a video which the SHS has acquired. 

 

This exhibit can be viewed from May until the end of June.

Memorial to Highlands Hammock Park founder Margaret Roebling, 1938
More than 200 Civilian Conservation Corps members helped develop the park between 1933 and 1942.

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Call us today (863) 471-2522

321 W Center Ave, Sebring, FL 33870

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