Museum President Barbara Sharpe with Kate Holmes from the Historical Society of Sarasota County who portrayed Bertha Palmer at the Museum in March, 2017. Bertha Palmer was a Chicago millionaire and visionary, whose interest in the Gulf Coast of Florida on her arrival in Sarasota in 1910 set the stage for the growth and prosperity of Sarasota County. Learn more: See our current exhibit THE PALMER RANCH.
The true use of history, whether civil or military, is not to make man clever for the next time; it is to make him wise forever.
-Sir Micheal Howard -