October 24 - 30, 2011

October 24 - 30, 2011
John Hamilton Gillespie Celebration Week

The week-long party
celebrating the Father of Sarasota…and golf was a big success! From O'Leary's Kick-off Party, Jeff LaHurd's New Book, Jacobites Bagpipers, Trolley Tours, Kiwanis Golf Tournament, and Hartman Gallery Photography Exhibition, to the Palm Avenue Street Party, The Macallan VIP Scotch Tasting, Lunch in Rosemary Cemetery, and Walking Tour of the Gillespie Park Neighborhood - every special event was a wonderful way to honor Sarasota's history.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Owen Burns Book Now On Sale

Jeff LaHurd's new book, "Owen Burns, The Man Who Bought and Built Sarasota" is available at the following locations.

Sarasota Visitors Center Gift Shop
701 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL, 800-800-3906

Circle Books
478 John Ringling Blvd., St. Armands, Sarasota, FL, 941-388-2850

Borders (LOCAL section only, not online)
3800 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL, 941-366-7970

Media on Main
1341 Main Street, Sarasota, FL, 941-914-9411

Book sales will also be at the following Owen Burns Events:

Thursday, November 11, 2010
"Mr. Burns's Sarasota" Photography Exhibition and Reception
 5:00 – 8:00pm
Featuring images of Sarasota from 1910 – 1940, on view through November 19, 2010.
William Hartman Gallery, 48 South Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL

Saturday, November 13, 2010
Author Lecture, Reception and Book Signing 
DAR Chapter House, 1232 12th Street, Sarasota, FL

Sunday, November 14, 2010  
Burns Court Street Party - Author Book Signing
Burns Court Historic District, S. Pineapple Avenue and Burns Lane, Sarasota, FL

Owen Burns - A Prolific Dredge-and-Fill Man

Mr. Burns and the Burns Dredging Company is responsible for joining the myriad of small islands in Sarasota Bay to form St. Armands and Lido Key. The dredge named the Sand Pecker was used to create Golden Gate Point and became the starting point of the first John Ringling Bridge which the Burns Construction Company built. Today one of Burns's dredges is sunken yet partially visible in the channel behind Otter Key.

Owen Burns's Dredge the Sand Pecker.


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