LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A tribute to local artist and historian Patti Middleton

May 17, 2021
By Marcy Shortuse

To the Editor:

During the past six years we were very fortunate to spend time with this special lady. As soon as Patti would get out of the hospital or care facility she would arrive at the History Center. Her knowledge of local history was invaluable to us. Often she would bring photos and artifacts to supplement our collection.  

Her hours were filled with identifying photos, answering questions, clarifying print information, but most of all delighting us and Boca Grande History Center visitors with colorful tales about life in Boca Grande and its surrounding areas. Most recently she had assisted us at the January outdoor Pop Up Exhibit. Her smile and laughter were contagious.

We are fortunate to offer for sale her map of Gasparilla Island, via our website or from our bookstore and to have added a video of her Oral History to our collection.

Although, our hearts are saddened by her passing Patti Middleton will always remain in our hearts at the History Center.

James and RoseMarie Blaha

Kim Kyle

Crystal Diff