Thank you for visiting the website for the Charlotte County Florida Historical Society and the Charlotte County Historical Center Society.  Our mission is to research, preserve, publish and present the rich and diverse history of Charlotte County, Florida. While we presently do not have a physical history center and public museum, we keep our history alive in a multitude of free public programs that bring our history to life throughout the year. Join us for our FREE FALL LECTURE SERIES

Caribbean Archaeologist SPEAKING 10/17/19

Kathy Gerace



Charlotte Harbor Anthropological Society board member and archaeologist Kathy Gerace will present a program on her research at our October 17th meeting. For nearly 500 years there was controversy among scholars and lay people over the exact location of Columbus’s first landfall on his maiden voyage in 1492. A review of historic documents, maps, and descriptive photos will be discussed to show why there were numerous theories. The significance of more finds cannot be overstated, as it provides further proof that the island of San Salvador was the location of Columbus’s first landfall in the New World. She holds an MS degree in anthropology/ archaeology from Michigan State University. It was meeting the Executive Director of the field station at San Salvadore, Dr. Donald Gerace, that led to their marriage and Kathy becoming the Assistant Director of the field station. Over the years, the field station grew to provide a venue for scientific studies and research for over 100 colleges and universities from the US, Canada, and Europe. In 1988, the CCFL divested their interest in the field station and the Geraces formed a non-profit Bahamian corporation named the Bahamian Field Station (BFS). Knowing that they couldn’t live forever, the Geraces gave the BFS to the College of the Bahamas (COB) in 2003, and it was renamed the Gerace Research Centre (GRC). When the COB became the University of the Bahamas (UB), the GRC became one of their campuses and continues to provide accommodations, lab and field equipment, and all types of logistical support for professors, students, and scientific researchers in the disciplines of archaeology, biology, geology, and the marine sciences. Although Dr. Gerace passed away in 2016, Kathy serves as a life-long member of the GRC’s Board of Directors, and is in almost daily contact with the GRC’s Executive Director and Business Manager as an advisor. She continues to make regular trips to the GRC, and is in the process of writing a detailed history of the GRC. 




Free Lecture series

November 14, 6:30 pm, Wintergarden Presbyterian Church


Author, Ted Ehmann - WELLS, The Life and Times of Artist and Anthropologist Wells Moses Sawyer


Centennial for the Women's Right to Vote 1920-2020


Starting in January, the Charlotte County Florida Historical Society will honor women in our history.

Thursday, Jan. 10, 2020 Honoring Three Great Florida Women


Charlotte County historian and author Ted Ehmann will shares the lives in words and images of three of Florida's Most inspiring women.

Aunt Polly Parker, Eugenie Clarke, Zora Neal Hurston


All strong women in a state that refused to endorse the 19th Amendment, their legacies live on.

Wintergarden Presbyterian Church, Port Charlotte

19th amendment exhibit field trip 2/14/20

Download January 23, 2020 Flyer


We Support the Military Heritage Museum

The Military Heritage Museum in Punta Gorda is a local treasure. Please show your support for the museum and programs

We Support Historic Spanish Point

Historic Spanish Point is located in neighboring Osprey, Sarasota County, Florida. All the prehistoric, as well as the historic periods in our region are beautifully preserved. Our history comes alive ever

We Support the Englewood & Lemon Bay Societies

Englewood and Lemon Bay have a shared history with Charlotte County, growing up together as we have. We support the many historical preservation groups there, and invite you to visit their historic si