Dr. Roger Landers Recipient of the LeeAnne Shoeman Award
Dr. Landers received a Doctorate Degree from Florida State University. He has been a leading figure in historical research in our county and a major contributor in both lecturing and writing of Brooksville history. His most recent publication, Hernando County Florida: One hundred years or thereabout, covers history from 1842 to 1945. He has been an advisor for the Heritage Museum and the Hernando County Genealogical Society as well as an active member of the Seminole War Society and the Brooksville historic Round Table. He was instrumental in the development of research conducted at Bayport in 2008-2010 and became a principal adviser for the creation of the Hernando Historic Preservation Society.
He has been credited as being a key figure in local history with Virginia Jackson, Executive director of the Heritage Museum, Jan Knowles, former museum president, and Bob Martinez, history magazine publisher.Dr. Landers contributed substantial financial support for the Cultural Resource Assessment of Hernando County, Florida by the Gulf Archeological Research Institute in 2009, and he recently donated an important and significant Hernando County paleontological specimen to the Hernando County Historical Museum.
The LeeAnne Shoeman Award is presented annually to a person who has contributed to the understanding of the historic significance of Hernando County, and or the furthering of historical education in Hernando County. It is named in honor of LeeAnne Shoeman, a gifted educator, and historian. The award serves as a beacon of hope that the work of Ms. Shoeman will carry on with those of us who love history and wish to continue the memory of a beloved historian, writer, and educator. The award is displayed in City Hall in Brooksville.
Jonathan L Yeager Presented With The LeeAnne Shoeman Award
Contributed by: Mary Moses
The names of many worthy nominees were presented to the Historic Hernando Preservation Society for the LeeAnne Shoeman Award. The award was established to honor LeeAnne Shoeman, an educator, historian, and gifted writer. She came to an untimely end in 2014, and both the Hernando Historical Museum Association and Historic Hernando Preservation Society sought to find ways to honor her memory. LeeAnne was instrumental in the Bayport Shipwreck Signage Project.
Historic Hernando Preservation Society presents a trophy to an individual who contributes to the historical significance of Hernando County. The recipient for 2014 was Virginia Jackson. She is affectionately known as the museum “mother”, local author and historian.
This years nominee, Jonathan L. Yeager worked tirelessly to develop a relationship between Historic Hernando Preservation Society and the Seminole Tribe of Florida. His research on the Seminole Indian Village of Chocochatti (1760ʼs-1835), led Seminole Tribe Chairman James E. Billie to sponsor the historical marker that was placed on May 30, 2014. It was a careful orchestration of the Historic Hernando Preservation Society, USF, the Seminole Tribe of Florida, the City of Brooksville, FDOT and Hernando County. Jon managed to spearhead the project, and successfully see it through.
Dr. Brent Wiesman of USF stated concerning the dedication “this dedication ceremony was a historical first. Here we have a marker sponsored by the Seminole Tribe in partnership with the Historic Hernando Preservation Society. To my knowledge, this partnership is the first of its kind. Let it not be the last.”
Mr. Yeager also arranges for speakers for the Historic Hernando Preservation Society, several of which have come from the Humanities Council. He has served as Treasurer and Secretary. He has worked on research for Hope Hill and is currently working on research for a Florida Heritage Landmark for Centralia.
The LeeAnne Shoeman Award was presented to Jon at the Historic Hernando Preservation Society meeting on January 7th at City Hall.
LeeAnne Shoeman Preservation Award
LeeAnne Shoeman was a gifted educator and historian. She worked tirelessly for the Hernando Historical Museum Association, as well as the Hernando Historic Preservation Society. Her work on the Bay Port sign project was something she poured her heart and soul into. She was an individual who strived for historical accuracy, and correctness of the written word. Her work as an educator at Central High school earned her the respect of her students and colleagues alike.
LeAnne’s life was cut short by tragedy, and a memorial in the essence of the LeeAnne Shoeman Award was created by the Historic Hernando Preservation Society. The award is presented annually to someone who has contributed to the historic significance of Hernando County, and or contributed to the furthering of historic education of Hernando County.
The first award in 2015 was presented to Virginia Jackson, Hernando historian, author, and inspiration to many. Her name was placed on the LeeAnne Shoeman Award. The award itself bears the symbol of pen and scroll, a testament to LeeAnnes love of the written word. The award is housed in City Hall in Brooksville, and a new nameplate will be added bearing the name of the current award winner for subsequent years.
This award should not be presented lightly, as it is a beacon of hope that the work of LeeAnne will carry on with those of us who love history and wish to continue the memory of a beloved historian, writer, and educator.