Local historian and author Jeff LaHurd will close out the season for the Associates with a lecture during the group’s final luncheon ahead of summer break.
LaHurd has lived in Sarasota since 1950 and has written 15 books about the history of the community, plus numerous articles in regional magazines. In 2001 LaHurd penned the title A Passion for Plants, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, a 55-page book about Selby Gardens, which was funded by the Associates.
In May 2015 LaHurd retired as the history specialist for Sarasota County. That same year he was honored by the Historical Society of Sarasota County as recipient of the inaugural “Hero of History” award. LaHurd’s work has also been recognized by the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, The Caledonian Club and the Downtown Kiwanis Club, among others.
He attended St. Martha’s School, Cardinal Mooney High and graduated from Sarasota High School in 1964. LaHurd attended college at Manatee Jr. College (now State College of Florida), and the University of South Florida where he received a BA in History and a Master’s in counseling. He currently serves on the advisory board of the Sarasota Historical Society. LaHurd and his wife, Jennifer, have four children and three grandchildren.