Welcome to VHI


ABOUT OUR SPEAKER
Margaret (Peg) Kapustiak’s presentations are designed to provide you with extremely practical tips, ideas, links and sources. She has been a Genealogist/Family Historian for 45 years and has researched her family history in the Chicago area, the Midwest, New England, and New York state plus ten countries in both Europe and Asia, when she lived overseas. She has provided over 170 talks to organizations both nationally and internationally in the past 23 years. She is the author of one book and 52 research articles and currently volunteers at five historical/genealogical organizations. Peg has been a Florida resident in Venice since 2011, where her family has lived or annually visited since 1982. She is a seventh generation Illinoisan whose “first settlers” family have lived in southern Chicago and those suburban areas since 1832. She currently volunteers for five historical/genealogical organizations: Historic Spanish Point Campus of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Osprey, FL; Venice Museum & Archives, Venice FL; South Suburban Genealogical and Historical Society, Hazel Crest, Ill.; Tinley Moraine Genealogists (Illinois) and Hazelgreen Cemetery Assoc., Alsip, Illinois. She is married with three children and three grandchildren. Her relaxation is native plant and butterfly gardening.

SPECIAL COMMUNITY PROGRAM & FUNDRAISER

Since 1966, the Hibiscus has been the City Flower of Venice.
   

Show off your sense of community and pride in history by displaying a hibiscus painting on your home or business!

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As an advocate for historic preservation, Venice Heritage, Inc. educates the public about area history and provides financial support to city owned historic resources.

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1896 Lord-Higel House (409 Granada Avenue)
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John Nolen’s 1926 General Plan for the City of Venice
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1927 Triangle Inn (351 South Nassau Street)
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1955 Julia Cousins Laning and Dale Laning Archives & Research Center (224 Milan Avenue)
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1926 La France Fire Truck, Old Betsy, City of Venice’s First Fire Engine
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Coming Soon: Exhibition for Old Betsy (north of Triangle Inn)

VENICE ENJOYS A RICH CULTURAL HERITAGE THAT SHAPES OUR SENSE OF PLACE

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