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

Free Lecture series



SW Florida's Fascinating Military History, December 12, 2019 ,7 PM Wintergarden Presbyterian Church



Gary Butler will take you on a journey of the fascinating military history here in Southwest Florida. Using primary sources with vintage photographs, he will tell the story from the First Seminole War to the important airfields which trained our pilots during both world wars.


Gary will bring to life the days when Arcadia was called the “Aviation City of Florida” training pilots in two wars, including the British RAF. The Buckingham AAF gunnery school in Fort Myers and later the Sarasota, Venice and Punta Gorda were responsible for training the lion’s share of bomber pilots for WW II. Included will be letters written by cadets on life on these airfields. Of course, he will share a wealth of vintage photographs. You won’t want to miss this important presentation.


Gary Butler has over thirty-five years as an executive with non-profit organization. He joined the Military Heritage Museum, as Executive Director in May of 2018. Prior he served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Boy Scouts of America in Irving TX.


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