• November Guest Speaker “Florida History: from Palmetto-Leaves to The Yearling to River of Grass.”

    Presented by the Florida Humanities Council in partnership with the Historic Hernando Preservation Society, we are pleased to welcome historian Betty Jean Steinshouer as our November featured speaker. Experience Florida through the milieu of three woman authors, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas.  Each wrote a book that put Florida on the map- in 1873, 1938, and 1947 respectively. Performed in character & costume by Betty Jean Steinshouer.

    Thursday, November 1, 2018
    6:30 pm
    Brooksville Woman’s Club
    131 South Main Street
    Brooksville, FL 34601

  • The Historic Hernando Preservation Society to host Florida Humanities Speaker Series

    Don’t miss our 2018-2019 Florida Humanities Speaker Series, featuring fascinating programs about Florida’s history, culture, and people.

    Presented by the Florida Humanities Council in partnership with the Historic Hernando Preservation Society, this series will showcase four engaging talks and performances, starting in November 2018 and ending in May 2019 . Admission to each is FREE.  All programs will be hosted at the Brooksville Woman’s Club, 131 South Main St. Brooksville, FL 34604.

    Our series will touch on a wide range of topics, including a living history presentation in character & costume of 3 famous Florida authors, a splash with the mermaids of Weeki Wachee, and an exploration of Florida’s long history of cattle ranching.  Here are the details:

    • November 1, 2018  6:30 p.m. “Florida History:  from Palmetto-Leaves to The Yearling to River of Grass.”  Experience Florida through the milieu of three woman authors, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas.  Each wrote a book that put Florida on the map- in 1873, 1938, and 1947 respectively. Performed in character & costume by Betty Jean Steinshouer.
    • February 7, 2019  6:30 p.m. “The Civilian Conservation Corps in Florida: State Parks and More.”  David Schmidt, curator of the Florida Civilian Conservation Corps museum presents an overview of the CCC in Florida from 1933 until 1942, which had over 70 camps and about 50,000 workers on projects across the state.
    • April 4, 2019  6:30 p.m. “Weeki Wachee: City of Mermaids.”  Dr. Lu Vickers will cover the history of Weeki Wachee from its very beginnings in 1947.  This talk will feature vintage photographs of the mermaids from their earliest days performing silent ballets to the heyday when ABC built them a million dollar theater.
    • May 2, 2019  6:30 p.m. “Florida Cattle Ranching: Five Centuries of Tradition.” Folklorist 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.  

    The Florida Humanities Council partners with community organizations around the state. Support for the Speaker Series is provided by the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs.

  • October Guest Speaker: “Researching Your Home’s History”

    The Historic Hernando Preservation Society is pleased to welcome historic preservation consultant, Jo-Anne Peck to speak on “Researching Your Home’s History”. Ms. Peck will talk about what to look for, where to look for information and why it is good to know the history of your house or building. The talk is free and open to the public.

    Thursday, October 4,2018
    6:30 pm
    800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd, Brooksville, FL 34601

    Note the change of venue

  • HHPS August Meeting & Guest Speaker

    The Historic Hernando Preservation Society is pleased to welcome Mr. Robert Martinez, publisher of Old Brooksville in Photos & Stories, as he presents:

    “BROOKSVILLE & HERNANDO COUNTY’S FAMOUS VISITORS.”
    Mr. Martinez will also talk about ways to identify OLD PHOTOGRAPHS.

    Thursday, August 2 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

    Brooksville City Hall, City Council Chambers

    201 Howell Avenue, Brooksville, FL 34601

  • Portrayal of an Irish Soldier from the 1830’s

    Last Thursday evening, Steve Rinck entered City Hall dressed in the uniform of an infantry soldier of the 1830’s.  He carried a trunk holding personal items a soldier of that era would value.  Then he spoke in an Irish accent that drew people into the experiences of his well crafted character, Paddington McCormick, an Irish immigrant who joined the US Infantry in 1835.

    His story told of his entry into New York Harbor, where Irishmen of his stature were often not valued.  He spoke of his adventures visiting the P.T. Barnum Circus.  Some of the sights he saw included a “Feejee Mermaid,” as well as a “161 year old woman” claiming to be George Washington’s nursemaid.

    His story wound around to include how he enlisted into the U.S. Infantry, and he expounded with a detailed description of his uniform and weapons.  He successfully explained the cartridge box, the forage cap, and why his shoes were called “Jeffersons.”

    Mr. Rinck completed the history by describing how Paddy’s company traveled through the wilderness of central Florida Territory to force the Seminoles out to Oklahoma.  His presentation was informative, entertaining, and well-presented.  His attention to
    detail in an interesting fashion held each guest of Historic Hernando Preservation Society spellbound.

    HHPS extends a heartfelt “thank you” to Mr. Rinck for composing such an informative program.