RECOLLECTIONS,  is a set of paper back volumes containing articles from and about Arcadia and DeSoto County, Florida.

Recollection I ($7) Recollections II, III, IV, V ($8 ea.). Click here to view table of contents of each volume.

The books are available at: 

DeSoto County Chamber of Commerce  16 N. Volusia​  OR, add $2 shipping and handling for each book and send a check or money order to the DeSoto County Historical Society, P.O. Box 1824, Arcadia, FL  34265.

1927 Rosin Arcade on Oak Street

"A Walking Tour of Historic Arcadia, Florida revised edition" written and designed by Carol Mahler. Photographs by Bob Baumann and Rachel Renne.   SOLD OUT
     Howard Melton provided the research for the original and the revised booklet. 
Many of the historic photographs included in the booklet are from the Historical Society’s Howard and Velma Melton Historical Research Library, owned by the Historical Society.
    The booklet is divided into a “west” and an “east” tour.   A third edition that corrects errors in the first two editions and adds information is coming soon.

1911 Train Depot and Tree of Knowledge on Oak Street

Guy LaBree: Barefoot Artist of the Florida Seminoles by Carol Mahler

​Meet the outsider who gave color and shape to sacred Seminole legends, life, and history
"This book captures the magic of Florida through the eyes and paint brush of a true Florida artist."--Theodore Morris, artist and author of Florida's Lost Tribes.   

Available from, Hardcover $34.95

 Lithographs by Guy LaBree 

    Guy LaBree (1941-2015), known as “the Barefoot Artist of the Florida Seminoles,” was a long-time resident of DeSoto County.  Two of his paintings represent the Seminole Tribe of Florida in the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, and Carol Mahler’s book about him was published by the University Press of Florida in 2010.

    His widow Pat LaBree donated lithographs of three of the more than 1,000 canvases he painted, and the lithographs are on sale now to benefit the Society.  The Transmutation Chant lithographs are signed and numbered by Guy LaBree.  The others are not signed or numbered.  They are available for purchase at the the Seed House. 

1926 Plaza Hotel on Magnolia Street

Cracker Cures: A Compendium of Cures, Concoctions, Potions, Remedies, Magic, Old Wives' Tales, Omens, Luck Signs, and Talismans, 3rd Revised Edition  $5
Carol Mahler, editor and designer

Originally published in 1976, reprinted in 1978, and revised as a second edition in 1984. Cracker Cures, 3rd, rev. ed., preserves the original information and format (with corrections for clarity) and includes additional information from Florida Ethnobotany by Daniel F. Austin. 

Available at our meetings, at the Seed House during open hours OR, add $2 shipping and handling for  and send a check or money order to the DeSoto County Historical Society, P.O. Box 1824, Arcadia, FL  34265.

End of Message (22” x 24”)  1996

​​​​Historic Postcards 

Set of Four for $2.50

Available at Seed House and at​
DeSoto County Chamber of Commerce, 10 S. Volusia Avenue
Mary Margaret's Tea and Biscuit, 10 S. Polk Ave.
Purple Peacock, 101 W. Oak St.
Treasure Alley, 108 W. Oak St.

can be mailed.  Add 50c postage.

Foot Prints & Landmarks

More Foot Prints & Landmarks

Howard Melton's series of hard cover historical books on DeSoto County's past, people & places are available from the DeSoto County Historical Society.  $40 each or $75 for both volumes.  Available at the Seed House or by mail.   Add $2 shipping and handling for each book and send a check or money order to the DeSoto County Historical Society,

P.O. Box 1824, Arcadia, FL  34265. 

Strong Hearts, one of the songs in the collection, is a first compilation for Rebecca “Becky” Ryals. The CD contains nine tracks, including two songs she composed with her brother Dan Ryals about their grandparents: “Light a Fire” and “Grandmother’s Groceries.” Her original songs include “Boots On,” “She’s Insane,” “Good Medicine,” “Stella Loves To Run,” “Slow On The Uptake,” and “Peace River.” Becky sings as well as plays guitar and harmonica. John Bois—who produced the collection—accompanies her with guitar and bass, plus he sings harmony. Copies are available for a $10 donation to the DeSoto County Historical Society.

Transmutation Chant (16” x 20”)  signed and numbered. 1981  


Hunter in the Grass (20” x 24”)  1996

1914 IOOF/WOW  Building