Sarasota County Public School Program of 1954-1960, History Center Museum
"The Exhibit Itself Teaches," an exhibit that features the people, events and architecture that shaped the Sarasota Public School Program from 1954-1960, is now on view at the Sarasota County Visitor Information Center and History Center Museum, 701 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
The exhibit is the result of a collaboration between Sarasota County Historical Resources and the University of Florida Historic Preservation Program.
The exhibit tells the story of how five new buildings and four building additions constructed from 1954-1960 -- collectively known as the Sarasota Public School Program -- dramatically transformed the public educational environment of Sarasota County, and offered a new precedent for school design across postwar America.
The initiative was launched by Phillip Hanson Hiss III, who relocated to Sarasota from the Northeast in 1948 and would later be elected to the Board of Public Instruction, forerunner of the Sarasota County School Board.
The Visitor Information Center and History Center Museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. There is no admission charge.
The exhibit is expected to be on view until March 2014. It is sponsored by the Friends of the Sarasota County History Center, the Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation and the University of Florida Historic Preservation Program.
For more information, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000 (TTY: 7-1-1 or 1-800-955-877).