Longboat Key Historical Society museum closes at Whitney Beach Plaza

The Longboat Key Historical Society announces the closure of the Society’s museum located at the Whitney Beach Plaza. After an extensive search for a new location and having fewer volunteers to staff the facility, the decision was made to continue the Society’s activities with an annual membership drive, fish fry and lectures program, independent of a physical facility.

Copies of all documents, photographs, and related information will be available at the Society’s website, Longboatkeyhistory.com. Photos of the contents of the museum and additional resources are being added to the digital archives section of the website.

The poster collection of the 1980s and 1990s created by Ralph and Claire Hunter, founders of the Historical Society, presents some of the high points of Longboat Key History and is being incorporated into the digital archives. Additional photos, recordings from the earlier generations, and the history as remembered by the residents who lived for many years on Longboat Key, are also being digitally preserved.

The Society continues to seek any materials related to the history of Longboat Key. If you have any such materials, the Society will work with you to assure that your material will be preserved for you, while at the same time, will be made available to others interested in the history of Longboat Key by adding them to the digital archives.

The Longboat Key community is encouraged to to contact the the Historical Society by email at longboatkeyhisoricalsociety@gmail.com or by writing to Longboat Key Historical Society, 5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive STE 150, Longboat Key, FL 34228.

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