Saying goodbye at the ferry landing Tarpon fishing in Boca Grande Pass

The Boca Grande Historical Society & Museum is committed to enhancing our understanding of the history of Gasparilla Island and its surrounding area. Our goal is to provide personally rewarding opportunities to learn about the remarkable people and events that shaped our past.

Through our various educational activities, the Society seeks to put the present into better perspective by improving our sense of identity and continuity with history's unfolding panorama.

Dedicated to the collection and preservation of memorabilia, BGHS&M offers its members and the public numerous ways to become involved in researching our local history. Using the resources of grants from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice, the Society has obtained oral histories from long time Boca Grande residents to add to our permanent archival collection, along with a soon to be published coffee table pictorial featuring the best of our image oriented oral histories. A collectible reference volume dedicated to historical vignettes of the past seven editions of our scholarly journal Connections is now available for sale in our museum, titled Boca Grande: Lives of an Island.

The purposes of the BGHS&M are:
* To bring together for mutual benefit and enjoyment people who are interested in Boca Grande's and the region's history;
* To collect and preserve memorabilia and other items related to Gasparilla Island's and the region's past;
* To sponsor activities designed to promote an enhanced interest in and knowledge of local, regional and state history;
* To provide stimulating educational programs that meet professional standards of scholarship and historical accuracy;
* To promote a better understanding of the relationship of our past to the present and to the projected future.

Start here and Discover Historic Boca Grande!

We are located in the Lee County historic Teacherage House on the corner of Park Avenue and Banyan Street on beautiful Gasparilla Island. Open Monday through Friday, 10:00 am 3:00 pm. Visit our interesting exhibitions obtained from our large archival collection of photos and historical research. Our gift shop offers a choice of historical memorabilia for sale.

“We wish to thank our generous supporters and invite you to join the Society to discover Boca Grande's colorful past.”
Boca Grande Historical Society