Last updated: 8/26/2019
Punta Gorda, Florida
Address
2050 Forrest Nelson Boulevard
Punta Gorda, FL 33952
phone: 941-629-7278
fax: 941-743-3917
e-mail: Crystal.Diff@charlottecountyfl.gov
web: www.charlottecountyfl.gov
Hours
Charlotte County Historical Center
History Programs Open to the Public varies. office hours at the Grace Street Annex are:
Sunday, Saturdayclosed
Monday - Friday9 AM - 4 PM
Closed Saturday & Sunday
Admissions
Staff
Lanette Hart, Division Manager
phone: 941-613-3190
Crystal Diff, Program Coordinator
Lynn Harrell, Cataloger
phone: 941-629-7278
Jackie Anderson, Assistant-Historical
phone: 941-629-7278
Description

The Historical Center museum is currently closed. The Historical Center continues to offer off-site exhibits, preservation, outreach and programs for all ages, focusing on the history, culture, built environment and natural surroundings of Charlotte County.

Mission

To provide a variety of programs and services to educate the community about the rich history of the Charlotte County area and to protect and preserve the county's historical resources.

History

Currently located at the Grace Street Annex in Punta Gorda, Charlotte County Historical Center has evolved from a small, private organization chartered in 1969 to the present collaboration between the Charlotte County Board of County Commissioners and (The Museum Society dba) Charlotte County Historical Center Society. In Over 40+ years, the organization has grown fron a small youth museum to a county-wide Center providing a wide variety of off-site exhibits, educational programs, and historic preservation services for a diverse population. In 2002, Society members decided to form a new kind of alliance with Charlotte County government. The Board of County Commissioners voted to expand the museum and add a new focus on historic preservation county-wide by creating a new historical division, namely the Charlotte County Historical Center. Located on the waterfront at Bayshore Live Oak Park on Charlotte Harbor, the Center is now situated near the site of the county's earliest pioneer settlement and first post office. Staff and volunteers provide a wide variety of programs, events and services to educate the greater community about the rich history of the Charlotte County area and Florida. In 2004 and 2005, a new Historical Advisory Committee of citizens was established, along with a local historical marker program, to better promote, preserve and protect the County's historical resources.

Governance

County

ADA

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