Jack Installs a Telephone

By |2020-05-10T15:18:40+00:00May 10th, 2020|Blog|

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oet0aBxoTPo In today's era of social media, video conference calls, and texting, it's hard to imagine a time when your only means of communication was in-person or through the mail. Thankfully, Dr. Leffingwell and his son Jack brought the technology of telephones to Manatee County.

How Sarasota Become A Town

By |2020-04-01T00:30:16+00:00April 1st, 2020|Blog|

https://www.facebook.com/CompassRoseHistory/videos/554936161841839/ We're sharing some great moments in Sarasota history! Discover how this sleepy little fishing village became incorporated into a town, and the most folksy little town seal you've ever seen. Check out the 1902 shirt HERE. Thanks for supporting Compass Rose History Experiences!

Complete Top 5 Old Buildings Lists

By |2019-09-20T20:52:06+00:00September 20th, 2019|Blog|

In celebration of old buildings in Sarasota that are still in use, we decided to each curate a top five list. Although, it was difficult to narrow it down to just five,  we hope that you enjoy our final selections, complete with blog posts and our own fan art!    Andrea's Top 5 Mimi's Top 5 5 Binz Warehouse 4 Sarasota Times Building 3 Sarasota High School [...]

Mimi’s Number One: Sarasota Opera House

By |2019-09-16T11:29:43+00:00September 16th, 2019|Blog|

Well dear friends, here it is. My number one most favorite building still being used as a building. Researching, writing, and assembling these posts has been a lovely reminder of how many historic buildings are still around (if you're willing to pay attention), and it was tricky to narrow the list down and then prioritize. But I think this particular building will always hold a special place [...]

Andrea’s Number Two: S.H. Kress Store

By |2019-09-09T12:10:01+00:00September 9th, 2019|Blog|

S. H. Kress & Co. 5-10-25 Cent Store 1442 Main Street Architect: Edward F. Sibbert Builder: G.A Miller Built: 1932 Samuel Henry Kress opened his first "stationery and notions" store in Pennsylvania in 1887. By 1896 this had turned into a chain of S. H. Kress & Co. 5-10-25 Cent Stores (yes, 25 cents too!). I am a big fan of five and dime history and could [...]