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Ribbon cutting 10/17 for Laning Archives & Research Center

Post Date:09/30/2019 3:00 PM

Laning Archives & Research Center September 2019On Oct. 17, the City of Venice will celebrate the completion of the Julia Cousins Laning and Dale Laning Archives & Research Center. The 10 a.m. ribbon cutting will be the culmination of a project started to provide a safe repository for the City’s history. Along with the Venice Museum across the street, which will still house administrative offices and exhibits, the Division of Historical Resources now has two places to collect, preserve and share the history of Venice.

Thanks to the generous contribution of Julia Cousins Laning and Dale Laning, the City of Venice was able to acquire and renovate 224 Milan Ave. W. as the Julia Cousins Laning and Dale Laning Archives & Research Center. Due to concerns about the collection straining the second floor of the Triangle Inn, it was relocated in December 2015 to three different locations where the environmental conditions were not ideal. 

The Julia Cousins Laning and Dale Laning Archives & Research Center houses over 23,000 items, ranging from historic artifacts to Venice High School yearbooks to the earliest editions of the Venice Gondolier newspaper. In addition, there is a reading room in the front of the building for people to research the collection. The Laning Archives & Research Center will be open to the public by appointment.

Julia Cousins Laning has a history of supporting history and the arts in Venice through the resources provided by her late husband Dale Laning. In addition, Julia was an early resident of the City, living in the Venice Museum’s Triangle Inn building as a young girl when her mother worked there. Julia helped the museum by supporting the Triangle Inn’s facility and staffing needs for years.

For more information, please call the Venice Museum at 941-486-2487.