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A Brief History of the Sebring Historical Society

      Participants in a class reunion in 1962 enjoyed reminiscing so much that Floyd Schumacher (of Withers & Harshman Citrus Company) invited a few friends to a party where conversation for the entire evening was centered around the events of the early days of Sebring.  As a result of the interest, Schumacher gathered a few friends at Ford Heacock’s office and a plan was developed to organize the Sebring Historical Society.  The Society was officially chartered August 7, 1968, with Ray Graddy as president.  Meanwhile, Allen Altvater had been meticulously collecting Sebring’s history.  This priceless heritage was donated to the Society and stored in the basement of the old Sebring Post Office.  The collection remained in the basement until the Sebring Public Library was expanded at its Lakeview Drive location in 1989.  The generosity of Woodrow Harshman’s financial contribution made possible the Society Archive’s present location in the downtown Library building.
      From a small group of interested people, many of whom were among the earliest settlers in the area, it has grown to its present membership of approximately 225.
      The Society meets quarterly on the fourth Saturday in January, April, July and October. The meetings usually begin with a covered dish dinner and include a short business session and a program on some topic of local history.
      The Sebring Historical Society Archives are located at 321 West Center Avenue, beneath the Sebring Public Library and are open to the general public four days a week - Monday through Thursday - from 10:00am to 3:00pm. The collection is comprised of pictures, maps, editions of early newspapers and assorted memorabilia, as well as historical writings and various other historical documents. The Society maintains files on local organizations and individuals - contributions to the collection are always welcome.
      In addition, the Society publishes a quarterly bulletin, called The Historian, featuring articles of local historical interest written by some of the members themselves and by our archivist, Carole Goad.

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