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


HISTORIC Archaeologist SPEAKING 10/10/19

Author Edward Gonzalez-Tennant


The Rosewood Massacre, AN archaeology and history of intersectional violence

Drawing on new methods and theories, author Edward González-Tennant uncovers important elements of the forgotten history of Rosewood. He uses a mix of techniques such as geospatial analysis, interpretation of remotely sensed data, analysis of census data and property records, oral history, and the excavation and interpretation of artifacts from the site to reconstruct the local landscape. González-Tennant interprets these and other data through an intersectional framework, acknowledging the complex ways class, race, gender, and other identities compound discrimination. This allows him to explore the local circumstances and broader sociopolitical power structures that led to the massacre, showing how the event was a microcosm of the oppression and terror suffered by African Americans and other minorities in the United States.

González-Tennant connects these historic forms of racial violence to present-day social and racial inequality and argues that such continuities demonstrate the need to make events like the Rosewood massacre public knowledge.

The author will have copies of his Rosewood book for sale and signing.

Visit the author's website: www.gonzaleztennant.net



The First Complete History of Florida's Phosphate Mining Boom!

Ted Ehmann, Charlotte County historian and author's book, Florida's Gray Gold, The Phosphate Mining Boom in the Deep South 1868-2018, Pineapple Press will be available beginning May 1, 2020

Pre-Order Your Copy on Amazon Books

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

Download January 10 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

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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

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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