ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
In December of every year since 2010, the Historical Society has given funds to a graduating senior to attend a college of their choice. Monies are raised at our December general meeting through an auction of new and handmade items donated to the auction by members and friends. The amount of the award is based on the receipts from the auction. Our current awards are $1,000.
To read the history of our scholarship fund and learnabout previous scholarship winners click here.
Watermelon Festival 2016
JULY 4TH Parade
Every July 4th parade in Arcadia sees the Historical Society wagon and volunteers who are members and friends. 2017 saw the addition of a 38 star flag that is a replica of the one in use when DeSoto County was incorporated.
Tour of Homes
Members of the Historical Society also assist with Team Arcadia’s Holiday Historic Home and Building Tour on the second Saturday in December. They provide historic research for the featured structures, and they also provide docents for the buses, homes, and buildings.
New marker for the Arcadia Historic District:
Members of the DeSoto County Historical Society who attended the dedication in December of the new Florida Historic Marker, from left: Judie Neeley, Mitzie McGavic, Bebe Bradbury, Adrian Cline, Carol Mahler, and Ruth Reynolds Dunn. We thank Adrian for his remarks and helping to unveil the marker, and Carol for set-up, clean-up, and photography.
To celebrate and commemorate the history and heritage of Arcadia and DeSoto County, the Historical Society participates in many community events.
DeSoto AgVenture (4 H) 2016
2017 winner, Briana Harris
Smith Brown Annual Community Day
Thanks to Steven Ames for serving as the Society's "whip cracker" in the Rodeo parades. We appreciate Cindy McLeod Ely for decorating and pulling the covered wagon and everyone who walks and helps hand out Pioneer Day flyers to the crowd. Members and friends are encouraged to walk with us.
We are proud to announce we were awarded
Best Walking Group 2017!
On the first Saturday in December, the annual Chamber of Commerce Christmas parade features lighted floats and walking units designed to fit a theme. In historic costumes, the Society walks with a lighted covered wagon designed and built by Cindy Ely. Members and friends are encouraged to walk with us.
Veterans Day Parade
The Society appreciates all veterans, and to show our gratitude and respect, we participate in the Veterans Day Parade. We walk with placards showcasing veterans of the past and local heroes. We wear historic costume, Pioneer Day t-shirt, or Historical Society golf shirt. Members and friends are encouraged to walk with us.
Ms. Tonya Bordner and 3rd graders from West Elementary School attended a meeting of the Historical Society and read their reports of their trip to the Ingraham House & Museum in Dec. 2016.
Week of the Family = Family Fun Day - 2016
Shown by walking volunteers recruited by West Elementary School Third Grade Teacher Tonya Bordner. From left, Elizabeth Barrera, Karen Smoke, Jose Barrera, Cindy Ely, Mike Ruiz, Camille Ruiz, Allyssa Ruiz, Sophia Ruiz, Rachel Ruiz, Carol Mahler, Tonya Bordner, Milagros Jacobo, and Rosa Jacobo.
Pine Level Public Art & Archeology Day
Scarecrows for downtown light posts= a Main Street project.
Periodic Events around Town
Smith Brown Community Bake Off
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