Newsletter | December 2019
Get a Small Taste of our Local History
Join Us for the Second Lecture in Our
1-Hour Local History Series
“Punta Gorda’s Founder Isaac Trabue: The Untold Story”
THIS THURSDAY, December 5th
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association
2001 Shreve Street, Punta Gorda
THE BOOKS ARE HERE!
Our First Mural Book has been published, celebrating our 25th Anniversary. It’s filled with pictures of all the murals over the years, a little history and lots of local stories. Get your copy at Copperfish Books (103 W Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda) – They make great Christmas Gifts!
Original Mural Rendering Art Sale & Gala
Own a Piece of Our Local History
The silent auction will culminate with a Gala Reception on January 30th. Tickets are ONLY $20 & are limited so purchase them early and join us for a fun night of food, drink and some living history. Tickets include light hor d’oeuvres & homemade desserts. Cash bar will be available.
Library Mural FUNDRAISER
Have Your Favorite Book Featured in the
“Pages from Our Library’s Past” Mural
Limited to only 25 Books – First Come First Serve
Accepted Genres: (must be family-friendly)
The Library in Punta Gorda – The Final Chapter of History
In last month’s newsletter, we learned that the library had outgrown the Retta Esplanade location (it’s 3rd) after being there for 16 years.
In 1973, the City of Punta Gorda once again donated the land for the next library location, this time on Henry Street, with permission from Mrs. Paschal B. Nobles who had given the land to the city for a playground. A new 5,320 square foot library was built by the county and dedicated on July 22, 1974, as the Paschal B. Nobles – Punta Gorda Library. The County also passed an ordinance creating the Charlotte County Free Library System that same year.
The library continued to grow in popularity and volumes, and two additional rooms were added providing more shelf space and an activity room in 1985. This 1,800 additional square feet of space also included a bookstore and office for the Friends of the Library. Over the years this library was remodeled four times.
After 45 years at this location, a new larger library was completed this year just a few blocks away on Shreve Street. And yes, the property was once again donated by the City of Punta Gorda.
Over the past 111 years, the Punta Gorda Library moved five times, each time to larger and better facilities to serve our ever-expanding community. This is the history that will be captured in our “Pages from Our Library’s Past” Mural.
(Reference: Various newspaper clippings and information provided by The Friends of the Punta Gorda Library)
November Update on Library Mural Fundraising
We raised a significant amount of funds in November getting us to an amazing 70% of our goal. If you’ve donated, THANK YOU! If you haven’t, please consider becoming a Mural Book Sponsor discussed at the beginning of the newsletter. You can also donate online or by mail:
Online: visit www.puntagordamurals.org/donate
PGHMS, PO BOX 510506, Punta Gorda, FL 33951
All Donation Amounts are Welcomed, Appreciated and tax-deductible!
WANT MORE HISTORY?
Get the Whole Story
Sign Up for These 2 Popular LOCAL History Classes
January, February & March Dates Listed Below
Part 1 – “The Early Years” – from pre-Spanish Exploration to pre-WWI
Part 2 – “Post World War I” – continuing the story from WWI to modern-day
2001 Shreve Street, Punta Gorda
Cost: $18/Class or $30 for both Classes
Class Size is limited ~ Register at PGICA Office or call 941-637-1655
Check the schedule at CLASSES
|Part 1 – The Early Years||Part 2 – Post World War I|
|Monday, Jan 27||1 – 3pm||Wednesday, Jan 29||1 – 3pm|
|Monday, Feb 17||1 – 3pm||Wednesday, Feb 19||1 – 3pm|
|Tuesday, Mar 17||1 – 3pm||Thursday, Mar 19||1 – 3pm|
Looking for a Few Good “Volunteers”
The ‘Society’ isn’t really a society in the true sense of the word, but actually a small Board of Directors who oversees the organization and its activities. We currently have a few openings on our board and are looking to find a ‘few good volunteers‘ as potential board members.
As supporters, we know you are interested in the Society and the work we do. If you are interested in getting more involved, please contact us to better understand what being a Director on our Board is all about. I would love to meet with you to discuss what’s involved and see if its a fit for your time and talents. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society