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Books Published for the Sebring Historical Society

· DeVane’s History of Early Florida, Volumes I & II (Albert and Park DeVane)
· Good Old Days of Sebring, The
· Hall of Fame – Sebring City Officials
· Heartland Heritage
· Highlands Hammock – State Park


· Leftovers
· Newcomb & Baker Collection
· Olio
· Sebring Folks
· The Way It Was, First Years of The Sebring Chamber of Commerce
· Twice Told Tales


Books Published by others

· "Aces High: The Heroic Saga of the Two op-Scoring American Aces of World War II", by Bill Yenne, 2009.
· "A Cracker History of Okeechobee", by Lawrence E. Will, 1964.
· "A Land Remembered", by Patrick D. Smith, 1984.
· "Another Time and Other Poems", by Altha Satterwhite, 2002.
· "Atkins Family Genealogy", by Richard L. Atkins, 1992.
· "A Veteran of Four Wars", autobiography of Frances Calvin Morgan Boggess, 1900.
· "Country Towns of Florida", by Anne M. Johnson, 1995.
· "Defection at 60", by Adora Mitchell Bayles, 2011.
· "Florida Cow Hunter: The Life and Times of Bone Mizell", by Jim Bob Tinsley, 1990.
· "Florida Cracker Tales, Vol. 1", by Teresa E. Stein, 1995.
· "Florida's Army Air Fields of World War II", by M. L. Shettle, Jr., 2009.
· "From the Piper Cub to the Concorde SST", by Dennis Tuck, P.E., 2004.
· "Front Porch Stories: Tales of the Hendry Family", by Ella Kathryn Hendry, 2000.
· "Heritage of Our Heartland", by Teresa Stein, 2008.
· "Highlands Little Theater, Vol. I (1974-1985); Vol. II (1985-1995); Vol. III (1996-2005)", by Roy Riedy, 1997-2006.
· "12 Hours of Sebring", by Ken Breslauer, 1989.
· "His Band Marches On, The Story of Peter Gustat", by Jennie B. Gustat, 1954.
· "I Am Grey Eyes", by William Ryan, 2008.
· "Railroad Depots of Central Florida", by Michael Mulligan, 2008.
· "Ranch Boy", by H. Steven Robertson, 2002.
· "Rolling Stone", by Fred Stone, 1945.
· "Sebring, Ohio", by Craig S. Bara, 1999.
· "Seminole Indians in Florida", by Work Project Administration (WPA), Ethel Cutler Freeman, Mary H. Sheppy, and Barbara B. Darsay, Circa 1933.
· "Silas and Penelope (Anderson) McClelland and Some Descendants 1970-1987", by Clifton A. McClelland, 1987.
· "Tall Green Grass", autobiography by Buford Horton Pyatt, 1996.
· "The First Hundred Years of Avon Park, Florida 1880-1980", by Leoma Bradshaw Maxwell, Circa 1980.
· "The Good Doctor: The Life of Dr. J. P. (Jim) Satterwhite", by Altha Satterwhite, 1997.
· "The Harshman, Hashman, Hershman, Hersman Family, Vol. I & II", by Col. & Mrs. Clarence Cory Harshman, 1976.
· "The History of the Diocese of Venice in Florida 1984-2009", by Diocese of Venice, Publisher, Christian Riehl, 2009.
· "The Kissimmee Island Piney Wood Rooters", by Doris Lewis, 1983.
· "The Last Great Ace: The Life of Major Thomas B. McGuire, Jr." by Charles A. Martin, 1998.
· "The Lost Chord", by Barbara E. Taylor, 1995.
· "The Sebring Story", by Alec Ulmann, 1969.
· "The Sky is Home, The Story of Embry-Riddle", by John McCollister and Diann Ramsden, 1986.
· "The Ultimate Paradigm", by Michael C. Rudasill, 2002.
· "Visiting Small-Town Florida", by Bruce Hunt, 1997.
· "The Way Things Were", by Robert J. Walker, 2002.
· "Tin Can Tourists in Florida 1900-1970:, by Nick Wynne, 1999.
· "Wagons South!", by Adora Mitchell Bayles, 2005.
· Watch Wauchula Win 1886-1930", by Margaret Stringer, 1979.
· "Wellspring Legacies", by Cynthia Schumacher, 2000.  Also "Butterfly Excursions", "Soul Candles","Creekstone Crossings", and "Seeds from Wild Grasses" (poetry collections).
· Who's Who of Highlands County 2001" by Community Resource Foundation, 2001.
· "Woodward's Reminiscences of the Creek, or Muscogee Indians", by Thomas S. Woodward, 1939.
· "Yesterday, A Family Album of Highlands County", by Elaine & Larry Levey, published by the News Sun, 1997.


REX BEACH COLLECTION

· The Auction Block
· The Barrier
· Flowing Gold
· The Goose Woman
· The Iron Trail
· Jungle Gold
· Laughing Bill Hyde and other stories
· Masked Women
· Men of the Outer Islands
· Money Mad
· The Ne’er-Do-Well
· The Net
· Oh, Shoot!
· Pardners
· Personal Exposures
· Rainbow’s End
· Son of the Gods
· The Spoilers
· Wild Pastures
· The Winds of Chance
· The World in His Arms


ORAL HISTORIES:

Binder containing interviews with long-time citizens of Sebring, along with videotapes showing these interviews. This project is the result of a gift to Sebring Historical Society from Karen Oldham in memory of her mother,
Betty Lewis Westberg.


CITY DIRECTORIES

· First City Directory, 1926 (Sebring’s first City Directory was published in 1926.) 1942, 1956-57-59-60, 1962-63, 1965-66-67, 1969-70-71
·  Avon Park & Lake Placid included in: 1972 through 1989, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002



MAPS

· Early Florida
· Desoto County
· Highlands County
· City of Sebring
· Platts, certain sections
· Blueprints, certain businesses, churches, etc.

NEWSPAPERS

·  Local, loose or bound: 1912 through 2004
· On Microfilm: local newspaper fom 1953 to 1998


TELEPHONE BOOKS

· Sebring, Avon Park, Lake Placid: 1947-52, 1954-88, 1990-96, 1998, 2000-04


QUARTERLY BULLETINS

The first hand-printed publication by the Society was issued April 1969.  The Bulletin is now known as THE HISTORIAN, and it has grown to 12-16 pages with photographs and graphics.


POST OFFICE RECORDS

· 1893-1951; 1909-1910


TAX RECORDS

· Sebring Tax Rolls 1913-14, 1916-25


TEEN TOWN

· Sign-in Sheets – 1946, 1948-52


VIDEO TAPES

· Edna Pearce Lockett – life, dedication Kissimmee River Bridge, 1940s, 1950s, 1996
· Veterans Day Ceremony – Memorial Gardens, Tuskegee Airman, 1996
· Highlands County 75th Anniversary – Courthouse April 19, 1996
· H. Orvel Sebring – home & local scenes (from old movies, early Sebring)


Tapes of Historical Society Programs

· Ruth K. Davis – Kahn Family, 1986
· Not So Long Ago – Hendricks Field
· Library Expansion – Pete Pollard, DeVane Lawsuit Papers – Ross MacBeth, 1988
· Society Annual Meeting – Albert DeVane Papers – Patsy West, October 1988
· Henry Flagler Program – Sophie May Mitchell Honoree, January 1980
· Tom & Sophie Mae Mitchell Family – Interview at Kenilworth Lodge, January 1989
· Sebring Airport – Hendricks, May 1989
· Lanier Family – Jacaranda Hotel, July 1989
· Allen Altvater Cultural Center Dedication – July 1989
· Society Annual Meeting – Alsmeyer/Jernigan Honorary Pioneer Family, October 1989
· Alsmeyer/Jernigan Family – in Jernigan home reminiscing & viewing slides, 1989
· Archeology – January 27, 1990
· Ground breaking – New Library for Archives, 1990
· Lauri Williams Family – Carl Cool at Highlands Hammock State Park, April 1990
· Allen Altvater Award – Heacock Family History, October 1990
· Report on Edna Pearce Lockett party – Sally Giffard, Betty Atkinson & report on Race history, July 1990
· Sebring Family – Leila Sebring, January 1991
· Weems/MacBeth Family – April 1991
· Archive Dedication Ceremony – State dignitaries, March 1991
· Mrs. Vail Weems (wife of Dr. Weems), April 1991
· Sebring High School – Don Hansen & Fred Wild, July 1991
· Sebring Old Seaboard Airline Train Station, October 1991
· Sebring Police Department History, January 1992
· Staff & Book Club – Ruth Sebring, Earl Rich (Clerk of Court) – Records, April 1992
· John Jovich’s Presidential History – July 1992
· Annual Meeting – October 1992
· Collier Automotive Museum – CAMM-Otto
· Presentation to Mayor Rudasil & Shirley Kitchings, Tom Mitchell on Sebring High School Reunion, January 1993
· Park & Albert DeVane – Kyle Tolar, on Great Grandfather and Great Uncle Jack Hancock on Baseball in Sebring, April 1993
· Sebring Lions Club – Ruth Sebring’s memories, Jack Hancock’s memories – July 1993
· USS Highlands (Transport ship in Pacific World War II) – Larry Levey, January 1994 Memorabilia placed in Archives.
· Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), A Vacation From Poverty, National CCC Reunion, Larry Levey, December 2003
· Sebring Historical Society Documentary by Sebring High School students, Danielle Plank and Dawn Moore, 2003
· Betty Haynes – Early Sebring, Oral History Project 2003
· Elizabeth M. Burton – Early Sebring, Oral History Project 2003



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