[Editor's Note: We are very late in posting about this exhibit but since it's Archives Month now, make sure to check it out!]
Journey into the Wild Frontier opened in early August at the Venice Museum and Archives. This new exhibit explores what life was like for early settlers who made their way to the Venice area from 1867 to 1921 and celebrates their pioneering spirit.
Settlers began arriving to this area in the late 1860s, a few years after the U.S. Congress passed the Homestead Act of 1862 and after the Civil War had ended. In 1867, among the first to arrive were John and Eliza Webb with their children. They settled in the area of present-day Osprey (Spanish Point). Numerous families followed in their footsteps, beginning as neighbors and eventually forming the communities of Osprey, Laurel, Nokomis, and Venice.
The exhibit was made possible through cooperative partnerships with Historic Spanish Point, Sarasota County Historical Resources, Manatee County Public Library, and Venice-Nokomis United Methodist Church. These organizations, as well as several individuals, loaned historic photos, artifacts, and documents. The Venice Museum and Archives also features items from its permanent collection, such as the original, handwritten 1910 census for Venice (as Nokomis was called at the time). More than 100 images, objects, documents, and maps are on display.
Journey into the Wild Frontier will be on exhibit through January 21, 2015. The Venice Museum and Archives is free and open to the public on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10am to 4pm.
The mission of the Venice Museum and Archives is to collect and preserve historical and archeological material relating to Venice and the communities of Nokomis, Laurel and Osprey, whose histories have all been interwoven from 1867 to the present time. The Venice Museum and Archives is located in the historic Triangle Inn listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This rooming house, built in 1927, is located at the west entrance of the Venice Cultural Campus at 351 Nassau St. S, Venice, FL 34285. The Cultural Campus includes the Venice Public Library, Venice Art Center, and Venice Community Center and is across the street from the Monty Andrews Arboretum at West Blalock Park. Please visit the VMA's website at www.venicegov.com/archives and like the museum on Facebook at www.facebook.com/veniceflarchives.