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 historic 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 LeAnnes love of the written word. The award is housed in City Hall in Brooksville, and a new name plate 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 LeAnne will carry on with those of us who love history and wish to continue the memory of a beloved historian, writer and educator.