• Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America

    The Historic Hernando Preservation Society is pleased to bring a Smithsonian Institution Museum on Main Street Exhibit to Hernando County through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council. The event runs September 28 to November 9, 2019 at the Hernando County Mining Association Enrichment Center located at 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd., Brooksville, FL. See more in this Hernando Sun article: https://www.hernandosun.com/article/historic-hernando-preservation-society-hosts-smithsonian-exhibit .

    Sports Photography

    The Smithsonian’s Hometown Teams traveling exhibition examines the many roles that sports play in American society. Hometown sports are more than just games—they shape our lives and unite us and celebrate who we are as Americans. We play on ball fields and sandlots, on courts and on ice, in parks and playgrounds, even in the street. From pick-up games to organized leagues, millions of Americans of all ages play sports. And, if we’re not playing sports, we’re watching them. We sit in the stands and root for the local high school team, or gather on the sidelines and cheer on our sons and daughters as they take their first swing or score their first goal.

    Thanks to our never-ending appetite for competition and games, Americans now have a wider selection of sports to play and watch than ever before. Football, baseball, and basketball—America’s traditional hometown sports—share space on our calendars with soccer, hockey, tennis, running, wrestling, skiing, snowboarding, skateboarding, surfing, sailing, and many other sports. What has occurred in our hometowns is nothing less than a sports revolution.

    ALL EVENTS FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

    OPENING DAY KICKOFF
    Saturday, September 28, 2019 @ 10 AM
    Grand Opening of the Smithsonian Exhibit: Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America.

    FLORIDA SPORTS HISTORY
    Saturday, October 5, 2019 @ 11 AM
    ”It’s Not Just Fun & Games” with Steve Noll of the University of Florida.

    THE EARLY HISTORY OF HERNANDO COUNTY SPORTS
    Saturday, October 12, 2019 @ 11 AM
    “The Teams, the Stories, the Legends” with Bob Martinez of Old Brooksville in Photos & Stories.

    SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
    Saturday, October 19, 2019 @ 11 AM
    “Through the Lens, Images from the Sidelines” with Joe DiCristofalo of
    HernandoSport.com.

    HERNANDO YOUTH LEAGUE DAY: SHAPING LIVES THROUGH SPORTS
    Saturday, October 26, 2019 @ 11 AM
    Roundtable discussion with coaches, players and parents on the importance of youth league sports.

    The Historic Hernando Preservation Society is pleased to partner with the City of Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department as well as the Florida Humanities Council.

  • October Special Event Reception

    The HHPS will be hosting a Members Only reception in lieu of our regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, October 3. The reception will be held at the Mining Enrichment Center where we are hosting the Hometown Teams Smithsonian Exhibit and will start at 6 pm. Members will be able to browse the exhibit and local image collections. Special guests will be in attendance. Refreshments will be provided.

    Not a member? You may join at the door. Or sign-up here:

     https://hernandopast.org/membership/

    What: Special Hometown Teams Reception
    Date: Thursday, October 3, 2019
    Time: 6 -8 pm
    Location: Hernando County Mining Association Enrichment Center
                    800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd, Brooksville, FL 34601

  • HHPS September Guest Speaker

    The HHPS is pleased to welcome the new Executive Director of the Brooksville Main Street, Natalie Kahler as our September Guest Speaker. Ms. Kahler will discuss the Main Street program programs and events as well as plans to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in 2020.

    Brooksville Main Street
    • Thursday, September 5, 2019
    • Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave, Brooksville, FL 34601
    • 6:30pm – 8:00pm
  • Volunteers Needed

    Remember your Little League days? Or sweaty days on the football field?The HHPS is hosting a Smithsonian exhibit this fall in Brooksville about how home team sports have shaped communities and is seeking docents. You don’t need to be a sports expert – just be friendly. Contact Jan at the number below or email hernandopreservation@gmail.com. Or better yet, attend the HHPS monthly meeting at Brookville City Hall August 1st at 6:30 pm.

  • HHPS August Meeting

    The HHPS will have its monthly meeting on August 1st in the City Hall Council Chambers. We will be discussing the coordination of the Garden Grove Historic Marker dedication and the installation of the Smithsonian Institution Museum on Main Street Exhibit. Your input is important.

    • Thursday, August 1, 2019
    • Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave, Brooksville, FL 34601
    • 6:30pm – 8:00pm
  • Garden Grove Historic Marker Dedication

    Please join the HHPS on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 10 am to dedicate the new historic marker commemorating the planned community of Garden Grove. We will meet at the First Baptist Church of Garden Grove located at 18131 Stromberg Avenue, Brooksville.

  • Quarterly Business Meeting

    Join the HHPS for our quarterly Business Meeting. We will discuss upcoming projects and plans, as well as scheduled speakers and our upcoming special exhibit. All are welcome to attend!

    Thursday, June 6, 2019

    Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave, Brooksville, FL 34601

    6:30pm – 8:00pm

  • May Featured Speaker: Florida Cattle Ranching

    Cattle were introduced into the present day United States when Juan Ponce de Leon brought Spanish cattle to Florida in 1521. Bob Stone’s multi-media presentation explores and celebrates the history and culture of the nation’s oldest cattle ranching state from the colonial period to the 21st century. You will see and hear all aspects of Florida cattle ranching traditions including material culture such as Cracker cow-whips and unique ranch gate designs, swamp cabbage and other foodways, cowboy church and Cracker cowboy funerals, Seminole ranching past and present, occupational skills such as roping and branding, our vibrant rodeo culture, side-splitting cowboy poetry, feisty cow-dogs, and much more.

    • Thursday, May 2, 2019, 6:30 pm
    • Brooksville Woman’s Club
    • 131 S. Main Street, Brooksville, FL