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…Read MoreNov 20, 2019
Library Mural FUNDRAISER
SPONSOR a MURAL BOOK & Have Your Favorite Book Featured in the Library Mural
Your Book’s Title will be painted on the spine of a shelved book in the mural
Limited to only 25 Books – First Come First Serve
Accepted Genres: (must be family-friendly)
– Children or Youth Literature
– Classic Novels set in Florida or Local History Books
– Classic Literature
To Sponsor a Mural Book: Complete this form & mail it in with…Read MoreSep 18, 2019
PAINTING THE TOWN for the past 25 Years
The Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society was incorporated on January 23, 1995, and it’s hard to believe that in five short months we’ll be 25 years young. We’re planning some exciting events to celebrate including publishing a 25th Anniversary BOOK! Stay tuned for more details in next month’s newsletter.
Over the years folks have shared stories and thoughts on how the murals have contributed to the character of our little town, o…Read MoreAug 15, 2019
Now for a little HISTORY…
Do you know what happened in Punta Gorda 60 Years ago, August 14th, 1959?
The Hotel Charlotte Harbor burned to the ground!
Originally the Hotel Punta Gorda, the hotel was built by a subsidiary of the Florida Southern Railroad after it arrived in town in 1886. Opening in 1888, the hotel’s early years brought the rich and famous to Punta Gorda. After 1895, success was sporadic and after closing in 1914, it sat empty for 10 years until it was sold to Barro…Read MoreJul 10, 2019
“TAILS FROM THE HARBOR”
The Mural is DONE!
(Or is it?)
The past five and a half months have included cold weather, fire ants, backaches, wet weather, lovebugs, more aches & pains, hot weather, and hundreds of interesting chats with folks who stopped to talk with artist Skip Dryda, and now the mural is finally finished!
We couldn’t be happier with the end product. Once again Skip has created an amazing mural. He added his signature last Friday which usually…Read MoreApr 08, 2019
Walking Tours & History Classes are done for the Season
Our Tours & Classes received Rave Reviews!
Hopefully, you were able to join us for a tour or class this season and learned a little about our local history. Our new wireless audio equipment was a great addition to our tours, significantly increasing the quality and experience. Thanks again to the Shively Charitable Foundation and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County for providing the funds for this…Read MoreNov 13, 2018
Our Fall Newsletter
(and a little history)
Update on Our HARBORWALK Mural
Good news on the permit front – Our public art permit application with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) was approved by the Tallahassee office. We hope to have the final signatures in the next few weeks. Our artist is still on schedule to start painting in December.
Mural Walking Tours
Will Start in January
We’re pleased to be partnering with the Punta Gorda Chamber of Comm…Read MoreSep 04, 2018
Good News (and a little history)
First the Good News…
Fundraising is Complete!
Thanks to a very generous charitable fund grant from Bill & Zoe Hopkins and the awarding of a Charlotte Community Foundation Investment Grant, we have secured the remaining funds needed to create the Harborwalk mural!
We are thankful for all the support we receive from the Community and are excited to bring this amazing mural to our town. The start date is set for November (w…Read MoreAug 10, 2018
A little area history
The original Barron Collier Bridge
(Postcard from the Charlotte County History Collection)
If you’ve attended one of our history classes or a walking tour, you’ve heard us speak about Barron Collier and his influence on our area. We have a bridge named after him, he had a major stake in one of our early banks, and he bought, renovated and renamed the old Hotel Punta Gorda into the Hotel Charlotte Harbor (seen in the background of the postcard abo…Read MoreJul 16, 2018
Hope you’re having a FUN Summer.
Here’s the latest news from the Mural Society
We recently divided our History Class into two parts and did a trial run last month. Over a dozen folks joined us for the new set of classes at the FGCU Renaissance Academy on June 25th and 27th, and the feedback was good.
This new format gives us a chance to present the material at a little slower pace, provide more time for questions and discussion, an…Read More