VENICE HERITAGE DINNER TO FEATURE LOCAL TELEVISION PERSONALITY
Make plans now to attend Venice Heritage’s (VHI) annual dinner May 25th as television reporter and local personality Linda Carson joins us in celebrating this place we call home.
“We are fortunate to have such a rich cultural history here on the Suncoast, and Venice is certainly the gem in that crown,” said Carson. “I look forward to the conversation about some of our favorite landmarks.”
Carson has covered some of the nation’s top stories during her journalistic career, spanning more than a half century. She joined the ABC-7 news team in 1995, and currently serves as both a reporter and co-host of the station’s daily talk show, “Suncoast View.” In addition to reporting features on entertainment and local women of note, she also reports stories each Monday on local history, stories she calls “A Place we call Home.”
Carson began her television career in 1964 as a “TV Weather Girl” at Channel 11 in Atlanta. She was told then that it would be a short career since women wouldn’t be accepted on TV after age 30! She went on to become one of the first female TV reporters and one of the first prime time female anchors in the country.
Assigned to cover the Civil Rights Movement while in Atlanta, Carson spent much time with Dr. Martin Luther and Coretta Scott King. She received the Associated Press Award for her death row interview with Danny Rolling, who murdered five students at the University of Florida in 1990. Carson also witnessed his execution and reported live from the prison following his death.
While covering the Suncoast, Carson’s job has put her at the forefront of news. She was in the Sarasota elementary school classroom with President George W. Bush on Sept. 11 when he was informed of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. She walked with the president to the school’s media center where he addressed the nation and discussed the attack. She continued to follow the story the next day when it was learned that two of the terrorists piloting the planes had taken flight lessons in Venice.
Carson married Bud Carson, who at the time served as head coach of the Georgia Tech football team. Following him to various positions with professional football teams around the country, she held numerous reporting and executive news positions with television stations in Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Kansas City, and Philadelphia just to name a few.
“Having covered Sarasota and Manatee Counties for more than two decades, Linda enjoys a comprehensive view of this area’s unique history,” said Jean Trammell, president of VHI. “We look forward to her presentation and sharing with us her perspective on this special place we call home.”
Tickets are $60 per person and may be purchased right here on our website (with only a $2 per ticket handling fee) or by sending a check payable to:
Venice Heritage, P.O. Box 1190, Venice, Florida 34284-1190.
DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS MAY 17!
Proceeds will be used to complete restoration of the Lord-Higel House.
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A major grant to VHI to complete restoration of the Lord-Higel House
The Ehrhart Family Foundation has donated $30,000 toward restoration of the Lord-Higel House, increasing the total amount raised thus far to more than half the $200K needed to complete the project.
”The foundation has been a staunch supporter of this undertaking from the very beginning, and this generous gift certainly helps with the building’s restoration at a critical time,” said Judith Keeler, president of Venice Heritage, the 501 (c)(3) organization responsible for the restoration. “We’re very close to completing this project, and a gift of this magnitude gives us the momentum needed to finish in time for the City of Venice’s 90th anniversary celebration on May 9th of next year.”
Constructed in 1896 by entrepreneur and businessman Joseph Lord, it is the second oldest building in Sarasota County. The house also served as the residence of George Higel, who managed Lord’s orange grove and also wrote a weekly column for the Sarasota newspaper. The house was acquired in 2005 by the City of Venice and moved to its present location behind City Hall. Once completed, the first floor of the Lord-Higel House will serve as an early settler museum and welcome center for visitors to the historic city.
Established in 2008, the Ehrhart Family Foundation is a locally-based entity that provides financial support for numerous community initiatives.
“We believe this building will serve not only as an educational tool for teaching our area’s history, but also a place for welcoming residents and visitors alike to our community,” said Jean Trammel, who serves on the foundation’s board and also is a member of VHI’s board of directors. “We are pleased to be able to support this project that we believe highlights Venice’s unique heritage.”