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11/14/2019

WELLS, The Life and Times of Artist and Anthropologist Wells Moses Sawyer

7 pm - 8:30 pm

Wintergarden Presbyterian Church, 18305 Wintergarden Ave., Port Charlotte

Event Details

11/14/2019

WELLS, The Life and Times of Artist and Anthropologist Wells Moses Sawyer

Charlotte County historian and author Ted Ehmann will share the incredible and inspiring life story of Wells Moses Sawyer. Sawyers known for his role in the 1895-1896 Pepper-Hearst Expedition of the mounds in Florida, Ehmann who is writing Wells’ biography tells the rest of his story from his simple beginnings in the Missouri Territories during the Civil War to his launching a career as an artist and anthropologist in Washington D.C.. Wells and his family were constantly on the move including their living and working in Spain and Mexico. Wells and his talented artist daughter Helen settled in Sarasota, Florida in 1940s and are credited with founding the Sarasota art colony and movement. Ehmann shares the important events in U.S. and world history that were the background for Wells long and productive life. His story will inspire not only the artist, but the dreamer in all of us.

7 pm - 8:30 pm

Wintergarden Presbyterian Church, 18305 Wintergarden Ave., Port Charlotte

HISTORIC BARTOW FIELD TRIP

NEW 19th AMENDMENT EXHIBIT-POLK COUNTY HISTORY CENTER

By 1900, the once wilderness town at the source of the Peace River, overnight became the biggest city in south Florida. Cattle and the phosphate mining helped to bring wealth and propsperity to Bartow, the County seat. Our tour will view the multiple exhibits in the Polk County History Center, the beautiful 1908 courthouse. Later we will tour the historic L.B. Brown house the home of a prominent African-American
Builder. As well as the 1920 Wonder House an architectural marvel undergoing restoration. Besides the many great permanent exhibits housed in the beautiful 1908 court house, there is a wonderful and popular World WarI exhibit on for 2020, a brand new exhibit on the passing of the 19th Amendment,The right for women to vote and its 100th anniversary on August 20, 2020.

Frebruary is African-American History Month. L.B. Brown and his historic Victorian house is not only a Polk County treasure but a rare Florida African-American History landmark. Our guided tour after lunch will give you an intimate view of a famous Floridian who despite the racism, Jim Crow laws and the KKK, became one of Florida’s most prominent citizens. Lunch will be at Sonny's BBQ, Bartow ( not included in price)
Trip is being sponsored by the Charlotte County Florida Historical Society. Tour bus provided by All-around Travel.
$50. society members, $75 non-members, Deadline for reservations and payments January 14, 2020, For more information call (732) 740-5055

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