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 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 MoreJun 14, 2018
Looking for something FUN to do this month?
Join us for our next set of History Classes
“HISTORY OF PUNTA GORDA IN ITS MURALS”
Join us as we present the history of the area as told through the murals throughout our beautiful City. Visit all 30 murals from the comfort of your Air Conditioned classroom seat while we present 450 years of history using the murals as a guide. Hear about the Mural Society and get a sneak peek of upcoming projects.
Now presented in 2 parts:
…Read MoreApr 04, 2018
It’s that time of year and we are raising the remaining funds, through the Giving Challenge, to get the Harborwalk Mural up for our residences and visitors.
This mural will take you deep into the waters of Punta Gorda, a historic fishing destination nestled on the Charlotte Harbor. Florida’s second largest estuary, Charlotte Harbor is beaming with eco-diversity and local fishermen have been providing some of the freshest seafood around for over 100 years. To pay homage to t…Read MoreMar 12, 2018
Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society Presents…
The “Ladies Remembered” Mural Dedication Ceremony
Artist Rendering of the “Ladies Remembered Mural” – Artist Skip Dryda
Friday, April 13th
5:00 pm Ribbon Cutting
Followed by Drinks, Light Appetizers & Desserts
Location: Bayside Eye Center
314 N. Tamiami Trail
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Parking: East of Bayside Eye Center on Olympia (old USAVE lot) or Herald Court Parking Deck
Read MoreSep 24, 2017
Help raise money for the Mural Society’s Harborwalk Mural.
On December 2, 2017, join City Manager, Howard Kunik, as he leads an informative bicycle tour of Punta Gorda. You’ll visit historic locations in the city, get behind-the-scenes information and preview other Founder’s Day events scheduled throughout the week. It will also include visiting the location of a new and exciting future mural.
Patterned after the popular Team Punta Gorda Pedal & Play Bicycle Tour, this is a leisure…Read MoreApr 26, 2017
Two murals now adorn the inside bay walls of the Punta Gorda Fire Department and children from all over are visiting and learning about our first firehouse and the history of the Department.
You too can see them and learn about the history. Just stop by Fire Station #1, 1410 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda and have the firefighters on duty tell you all about them. If they happen to be out on a call, just scan the QR code near the plaque and you can read all about it.
Read MoreSep 19, 2016
This year our Giving Challenge Project was our Firehouse Mural. Punta Gorda Station #1 hosts 500-800 children a year for safety and fire training. What a perfect place for a mural that captures the history of our Fire Department.
We raised $18,000 during the Challenge getting us halfway to our goal of $36,000 for this very large mural. Thank you so much for your support!
If you missed the Challenge and still want to Donate, please go to our DONATE page.
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Want to learn more about the murals you see around town? You can now quickly access the history behind the mural. We have installed QR codes on each mural. Just scan the code with your smartphone or tablet and you’re taken directly to that mural’s information and the history it depicts. It’s that easy. TRY IT next time you’re in town.
Find out even more by attending one of our Classes or Tour. Just go to the CLASSES & TOURS tab at the top of our page.