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Friends of Sarasota County Parks board member Roxanne Williamson and Sarasota County Parks and Recreation Director Carolyn Brown peak inside the Phillippi farm house. The first residence on the property, the structure is in the process of being restored.

Phillippi Estate holds centennial celebration

Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 |

Friends of Sarasota County Parks board member Roxanne Williamson and Sarasota County Parks and Recreation Director Carolyn Brown peak inside the Phillippi farm house. The first residence on the property, the structure is in the process of being restored.

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Betsy and Mike Calhoun read on of the informational signs posted along walkways at Phillippi Park. The signs were posted as part of the 100th anniversary celebration.

Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 |

Betsy and Mike Calhoun read on of the informational signs posted along walkways at Phillippi Park. The signs were posted as part of the 100th anniversary celebration.

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Pamphlets explaining a brief history of the estate were placed on the chairs during the Phillippi Estate's 100th birthday celebration.

Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 |

Pamphlets explaining a brief history of the estate were placed on the chairs during the Phillippi Estate's 100th birthday celebration.

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New College Professor of Archeology Uzi Baram laughs with New College students before the program began on Saturday. Baram led archeological digs on the site in January and spoke to attendees about the importance of preserving its history.

Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 |

New College Professor of Archeology Uzi Baram laughs with New College students before the program began on Saturday. Baram led archeological digs on the site in January and spoke to attendees about the importance of preserving its history.

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Oriana Reilly, Ximena Pedroza, Rachel Ceciro, Donnella Aldrich, McKenzie Cameron and Haiwen Yu show off their red clown noses. The noses were left over from the debut of the Circus! photo exhibit, which opened in the Edson Keith Manson on Friday night.

Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 |

Oriana Reilly, Ximena Pedroza, Rachel Ceciro, Donnella Aldrich, McKenzie Cameron and Haiwen Yu show off their red clown noses. The noses were left over from the debut of the Circus! photo exhibit, which opened in the Edson Keith Manson on Friday night.

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Sarasota County Parks and Recreation Director Carolyn Brown addresses attendees of Phillippi Estate's centennial celebration.

Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 |

Sarasota County Parks and Recreation Director Carolyn Brown addresses attendees of Phillippi Estate's centennial celebration.

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Sarasota County Commissioner Alan Maio attended the ceremony and spoke about the importance of parks to Sarasota County.

Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 |

Sarasota County Commissioner Alan Maio attended the ceremony and spoke about the importance of parks to Sarasota County.

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Oriana Reilly pulled a sheet of one of the informational signs posted around the property for the ceremonial unveiling of the placards.

Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 |

Oriana Reilly pulled a sheet of one of the informational signs posted around the property for the ceremonial unveiling of the placards.

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George Luer, Commission Alan Maio, Parks Director Carolyn Brown, Sarasota County Manager of Historical Resources Robert Bendus and New College Professor Uzi Baram clap after the ceremonial unveiling of the historical signs.

Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 |

George Luer, Commission Alan Maio, Parks Director Carolyn Brown, Sarasota County Manager of Historical Resources Robert Bendus and New College Professor Uzi Baram clap after the ceremonial unveiling of the historical signs.

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Haiwen Yu explains the history of the Sarasota's indigenous people to attendees of Phillippi Estate's 100th anniversary. Haiwen, along with five other New College students attended the event to offer historical explanations to attendees.

Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 |

Haiwen Yu explains the history of the Sarasota's indigenous people to attendees of Phillippi Estate's 100th anniversary. Haiwen, along with five other New College students attended the event to offer historical explanations to attendees.

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The event also featured photographs from Sarasota's circus past in the Edson Keith Mansion.

Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 |

The event also featured photographs from Sarasota's circus past in the Edson Keith Mansion.

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Audre Godanowski looks at photos from the backlots Ringling Circus. Part-time Siesta Key resident Elizabeth Siegfried found the photos in a box while cleaning out her family's cabin. The photos were taken by Siegfried's grandmother Elizabeth Chapin.

Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 |

Audre Godanowski looks at photos from the backlots Ringling Circus. Part-time Siesta Key resident Elizabeth Siegfried found the photos in a box while cleaning out her family's cabin. The photos were taken by Siegfried's grandmother Elizabeth Chapin.

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Mary Ann David and Gracie Lamphere enjoyed the photos featured in the Circus! photo exhibit during the Phillippi Estate's centennial celebration.

Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 |

Mary Ann David and Gracie Lamphere enjoyed the photos featured in the Circus! photo exhibit during the Phillippi Estate's centennial celebration.

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Finn McBaine, 1, poses with one of the clown noses left over from the exhibit's debut the night before.

Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 |

Finn McBaine, 1, poses with one of the clown noses left over from the exhibit's debut the night before.

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Reenactor Catherine Chesley plays the part of May Hanson Prodie, the second owner of the Phillippi Estate. Prodie died in 1986 and Sarasota County purchased the 60-acre estate soon after.

Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 |

Reenactor Catherine Chesley plays the part of May Hanson Prodie, the second owner of the Phillippi Estate. Prodie died in 1986 and Sarasota County purchased the 60-acre estate soon after.

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