• Florida’s Female Pioneers

    CANCELLED – We Hope to Reschedule

    Join the HHPS as we welcome historian and author Peggy Macdonald as she examines some of the women who have shaped Florida.

    Florida’s Female Pioneers: Examining some of the women who have shaped Florida, including Dr. Esther Hill Hawks, a physician who ran the first racially integrated free school in Florida; Harriet Beecher Stowe, famous for writing Uncle Tom’s Cabin who kick-started Florida’s tourism industry with her 1873 book, Palmetto Leaves; and May Mann Jennings, a suffragist and conservationist who helped establish Royal Palm State Park, which formed the nucleus of Everglades National Park.

    Thursday, April 2, 2020
    6:30 pm
    Brooksville Woman's Club
    131 S. Main Street
    Brooksville, FL

    Free and open to the public.

    Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

  • February HHPS Meeting: Guest Speaker “Billy the Kid”

    The Adventures & Times of William H. Cox II “Billy the Kid”

    The HHPS is pleased to welcome William H. Cox II as he shares his great adventure of living in Lincoln County New Mexico in the early 90’s, in the footsteps of William H. Bonney, the legendary figure known today as “BILLY THE KID.”

    Thursday, February 6, 2020

    6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

    Brooksville City Hall Council Chambers

    201 Howell Ave, Brooksville, FL

  • 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
  • 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
  • April Guest Speaker: 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 the earliest days performing silent ballets to the heyday when ABC built them a million dollar theater.

    • Thursday, April 4th 6:30pm – 8:00pm
    • Brooksville Womans Club
    • 131 S Main St, Brooksville, FL 34601

    This program is sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the Florida Department State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. 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.

  • HHPS February Guest Speaker: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Florida: State Parks and More

    The Historic Hernando Preservation Society is pleased to welcome David Schmidt, curator of the Florida Civilian Conservation Corps Museum as the February guest speaker. He will present 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. Enrollees of the CCC planted nearly 3 billion trees to help reforest America; constructed trails, lodges, and related facilities in more than 800 parks nationwide; and upgraded most state parks, updated forest fire fighting methods, and built a network of service buildings and public roadways in remote areas.

    This program is sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the Florida Department State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. 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 Affair

  • January HHPS Meeting & Guest Speaker

    Join the Historic Hernando Preservation Society as we start 2019 off right with guest speaker Roger Sherman who will talk about period interiors and decorating with antique furniture. While now retired, Mr. Sherman was a state licensed and professional member of ASID, and lectured at Hillsborough Community College on Interior design.

    Thursday, January 3 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

    Brooksville City Hall, City Council Chambers

    201 Howell Avenue, Brooksville, FL 34601

    We will also be awarding the Lee Anne Shoeman Preservation Award during the January meeting. 

  • 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