October Guest Speaker Jim McAlister: Great Florida Cattle Drive

HHPS is please to bring you Mr. James P. McAlister as our October Guest Speaker. Mr. McAlister will tell us about the QUINCENTENNIAL CELEBRATION of the GREAT FLORIDA CATTLE DRIVE.

The Great Florida Cattle Drive 2022 will be held December 4 – 10th, with 500 participants helping take 1000 head of cattle through some of the last “Old Florida” style lands. To celebrate the previous drives and to salute the 500 years of Florida’s “cow culture” they will once again be driving cattle, riding the trail, sleeping on the ground and living the life of our ancestors; even if only for a few days. The drive will end in Kenansville with a Grand Trail’s End Celebration which will include musicians, singers, poets, storytellers, historians and re-enactors. Dancers, singers and historians from the Seminole Tribe of Florida will be there to make the event more colorful and to remind folks that the Seminoles were an important factor in this state’s development as a cattle power; and remain so to this day.

The re-enactment drives began in 1995 to honor Florida’s rich ranching heritage, a reminder of times when wild cattle were collected, driven to ports and exported to Cuba. The cattle were originally brought over by Spanish explorers and settlers to the newly discovered “La Florida” in 1521, and went wild, adapting to living in swamps and various ecosystems of Florida. The event is used to educate our citizens and folks around the globe, to the fact that the cattle business in the United States began right here in Florida. That’s right; the first American cowboys were Floridians!

The speaker will begin at 7 pm, directly following the 6 m HHPS Business Meeting. This event is free and open to the public.

Thu Oct 6th 6:00pm – 8:00pm

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