Our Mission

To work with public and private partners to build a new, state-of-the-art history center for Charlotte County



I know one company banking on Charlotte County

Allegiant Airlines is in the process of investing in a world-class resort here, Talk about history, the company paid a historic $80. a square foot for the miniature golf property, land that was purchased by Hamilton Disston from the state in the 1800s for 25 cents an acre. With the land costing so much, and having to pay a record amount for 22 acres, the building have to go up, up to 9 stories tall, another historic first. South Florida is so very flat, you will be able to see Miami from the top floors of their grand hotel;

Where will these wealthy globe trotters go when they arrive?

Well, Sunseeker Resorts already answers that question providing a web page of things to do and places to go. Fortunately our community partners who moved their museum to new quarters, Punta Gorda's Military History Museum made it on the list. But what about Florida history? What about Charlotte Harbor history? What about the world-famous Calusa whose artifacts are the prized collections of the Smithsonian, University of Pennsylvania Museum and the British Museum in London?

They will not be on display, because we did not value them.

Isn't it time to put our best foot forward. Most of these new visitors come from places that don't have a fraction of our 14,000 years of incredible history. Then there is the sense f pride , unity and community that we the residents will have, knowing that we put our best foot forward.

Have you opened a new location, redesigned your shop, or added a new product or service? Don't keep it to yourself, let folks know.

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Cape Haze's "shark lady" Eugenie Clarke, 1950s

What we are

We are an extension of the Charlotte County Florida Historical Society Inc. , dba .The dictionary defines the word center as:  



cen·​ter | \ ˈsen-tər , ˈse-nər\ 

Definition of center

2a : a point, area, person, or thing that is most important or pivotal in relation to an indicated activity, interest, or condition a railroad center 

b : a source from which something originates 

 Therefore, we are a  "pivotal" organization for the preservation and education of Charlotte County Florida history, not just for residents, but also for the increasing needs of heritage tourism.

President Theodore Roosevelt fishing off Punta Gorda

What we do.

While an organization with outreach and publications is by definition, a "center", there has been for many decades, a true need in Charlotte County for an actual building,  a Charlotte County History Center, open to the public, housing the county's archives and artifacts. Such centers can be  found in numerous Florida counties and cities. Charlotte County's would function through public and private partnership, and focus on all things historical through permanent and special exhibitions, events and tours that celebrate almost 16,000 years of prehistory and history.


What we are not.

Over the past few years, a private non-profit organization, Museum Society Inc, 514 Grace St., Punta Gorda, FL 33950 started calling themselves the Charlotte County Historical Center ( Society) . We are not them nor do we share the same mission. Their mission is only "to provide educational opportunities for the general public of Charlotte County and surrounding areas.", which is the role of our public school system.