Upcoming events

    • 12/03/2021
    • 7:00 PM
    • Stella's at the Art Village Courtyard (2914 Beach Blvd. S., Gulfport, 33707)
    A fundraiser for the Gulfport Arts Center and Gulfport Historical Society.
    Gulfport's artists are lit up with talent, and they're sharing it with everyone at this holiday mini-tree auction. 
    Artists and creators have generously donated their time and talents to decorate three-foot-tall holiday trees in varying themes and colors. 
    We'll auction off the trees at First Friday Art Walk in December; the proceeds benefit the Gulfport Historical Society, a 501c3 that operates the Gulfport History Museum and the Gulfport Arts Center. 
    The Gulfport Arts Center will reopen shortly as a community resource and space for artists. The Gulfport History Museum was closed from Labor Day 2018 until the summer of 2019 because of a fire, then again from March of 2020 until mid-2021 due to COVID. GHS will use proceeds from the auction will be used for on-going operational expenses and future programming events at both venues. Please join us in the Courtyard to support our artists, ooh and ahh over the trees (maybe even take one home), and support you local community arts & history organization.
    The Chanukah tree in the cover photo decorated by Bob Ryan; photo used with his permission. Check out more of the trees at the artist Facebook group!
    Artists who have so generously donated include:
    Kelli LaPuma 
    Zora DeBodisco (Debo)
    Julie Armstrong
    Denise Keegan O’Hara
    Vicky Dittman
    Roxanne Cann-Dittman
    Cynthia Dugat
    Kim Bonney
    Michael Fedele & Will Childers
    Bob Ryan
    Leslie Gilchrist
    Donna Hastie 
    “Melissa Gigi”
    “Kailyn Rob”
    Amanda Hagood
    Mel Zodda
    Phillip Bailey
    Brian Liggins
    Rachel Meklemburg
    Billie Cox Glimpse 

    Image above courtesy of Bob Ryan.
    • 12/17/2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Gulfport History Museum (5301 28th Avenue S, Gulfport, FL 33707)

    Help Gulfport Historical Society ring in the holidays with delicious homemade holiday cookies and caroling! 

    Bring your favorite holiday cookie – and, if you like, copies of your recipes – to share.

    For just $5, you can enter your cookie into a contest to determine Gulfport's Finest Holiday Cookie! A panel of distinguished judges, including Gulfport's Gecko Queen Elizabeth Hendricks and Golden Dinosaurs' Audrey Dingeman, will conduct a blind taste test to select the winning cookie, whose baker gets money! Judges will choose winners in three categories:

    • Scrumptiously Seasonal
    • Gloriously Gluten Free
    • Vibrantly Vegan
    (winner gets a prize from Tampa Bay's favorite plant-based eatery, Golden Dinosaur Vegan Delicatessen)

    Meanwhile, enjoy Mexican hot chocolate, mulled wine, and other holiday treats while singing favorite winter and holiday songs in front of the museum with local choir-leaders Jon Arterton and James Mack

    Doors open at 7 p.m., and the cookie contest and caroling starts at 7:30 p.m. We'll announce the winners around 8:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend, and entering your cookies into the contest is not required. If you just want to bring some to share, please do!

    Come on down and join us for the fun! Holiday sweaters and/or other seasonal get-ups are especially encouraged!

    Entering a cookie? Here's what you need to do: Bring four printed copies of the recipe, with your name and email address on each copy, along with at least two dozen cookies on a reusable plate, to the Gulfport History Museum by 7 p.m. on the day of the contest. No printer? You may also email the recipe as an attached file or Google Doc to cathy@gulfporthistoricalsociety.org by noon on the day of the porch party. Please note if your cookie qualifies for the GF or vegan categories, which will not disqualify it from the traditional category. Come hungry!

    (Pictured above: 2019's GHS cookie prize winner, Renee Carr, and former Gecko Queen, Jodi Zelman Robinson) 

    • 01/15/2022
    • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Gulfport History Museum, 5301 28th Ave. S., Gulfport
    • 30

    Gulfport Historical Society presents


    with David Anderson of Discover Florida Tours

    Join the Gulfport Historical Society as they take a stroll through history in Gulfport. The tour examines the creation of this small seaside hamlet; the tour guides — all Gulfport locals with a penchant for history and storytelling — share the town's history and stories with the group. The tour starts at the Gulfport History Museum where you can take a peek at some of their historic photos.

    Tour is free for Gulfport Historical Society members. All others pay $10 per person. We have a water cooler at the museum; please bring your refillable bottle to fill up before the tour.

    These tours sell out, so advance ticket purchase is highly suggested. Members should pre-register to ensure they have a spot. We don't love turning people away, but when the group gets too large it's hard for everyone to hear our tour guides.

    Please note: Our tour guides are all volunteer; while it's optional, they do appreciate tips.