• Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America

    The Historic Hernando Preservation Society is pleased to bring a Smithsonian Institution Museum on Main Street Exhibit to Hernando County through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council. The event runs September 28 to November 9, 2019 at the Hernando County Mining Association Enrichment Center located at 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd., Brooksville, FL. See more in this Hernando Sun article: https://www.hernandosun.com/article/historic-hernando-preservation-society-hosts-smithsonian-exhibit .

    Sports Photography

    The Smithsonian’s Hometown Teams traveling exhibition examines the many roles that sports play in American society. Hometown sports are more than just games—they shape our lives and unite us and celebrate who we are as Americans. We play on ball fields and sandlots, on courts and on ice, in parks and playgrounds, even in the street. From pick-up games to organized leagues, millions of Americans of all ages play sports. And, if we’re not playing sports, we’re watching them. We sit in the stands and root for the local high school team, or gather on the sidelines and cheer on our sons and daughters as they take their first swing or score their first goal.

    Thanks to our never-ending appetite for competition and games, Americans now have a wider selection of sports to play and watch than ever before. Football, baseball, and basketball—America’s traditional hometown sports—share space on our calendars with soccer, hockey, tennis, running, wrestling, skiing, snowboarding, skateboarding, surfing, sailing, and many other sports. What has occurred in our hometowns is nothing less than a sports revolution.


    Saturday, September 28, 2019 @ 10 AM
    Grand Opening of the Smithsonian Exhibit: Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America.

    Saturday, October 5, 2019 @ 11 AM
    ”It’s Not Just Fun & Games” with Steve Noll of the University of Florida.

    Saturday, October 12, 2019 @ 11 AM
    “The Teams, the Stories, the Legends” with Bob Martinez of Old Brooksville in Photos & Stories.

    Saturday, October 19, 2019 @ 11 AM
    “Through the Lens, Images from the Sidelines” with Joe DiCristofalo of

    Saturday, October 26, 2019 @ 11 AM
    Roundtable discussion with coaches, players and parents on the importance of youth league sports.

    The Historic Hernando Preservation Society is pleased to partner with the City of Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department as well as the Florida Humanities Council.

  • Garden Grove Historic Marker Dedication

    Please join the HHPS on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 10 am to dedicate the new historic marker commemorating the planned community of Garden Grove. We will meet at the First Baptist Church of Garden Grove located at 18131 Stromberg Avenue, Brooksville.

  • Quarterly Business Meeting

    Join the HHPS for our quarterly Business Meeting. We will discuss upcoming projects and plans, as well as scheduled speakers and our upcoming special exhibit. All are welcome to attend!

    Thursday, June 6, 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
  • Chocochatti Update

    The Historic Hernando Preservation Society and Gulf Archaeology Research Institute will be meeting with the Brooksville City Council on Monday April 15, 2019 @ 7:00 p.m to present the Research Design for the CHOCOCHATTI project and to gain the approval of City Council to conduct studies on the city’s property.

    If you wish to attend, it would help show support for this archaeological project which will benefit the future of our community. CHOCOCHATTI is a unique historical-cultural resource which must receive our utmost efforts of archaeological research and preservation.

    MONDAY: April 15, 2019 @ 7:00 p.m.
    Joseph E. Johnston Council Chambers
    201 Howell Ave. Brooksville, FL 34601

  • 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.

  • Nominate a Great Brooksvillian

    The City of Brooksville is now accepting nominations for the 2019 “Great Brooksvillian” Award.

    This annual program recognizes the outstanding men and women who have made significant positive contributions to the history, culture and/or economy of our great community. Each year the Brooksville City Council will make a selection from the nominees. A perpetual plaque will be maintained in Brooksville City Hall to commemorate and memorialize each year’s honoree, and an individual plaque will be presented to the honoree and his/her family at a reception held in their honor. Information, program criteria and nomination forms are available for download on the City’s website at www.cityofbrooksville.us. Or stop by City Hall (201 Howell Avenue) or the Jerome Brown Community Center (99 Jerome Brown Place). Deadline for submission of nominations is Friday, June 07, 2019. Completed forms must be received by the City Clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. For further information, contact the Office of the City Clerk, Deputy City Clerk, Sandra Kirby, of Brooksville, Florida at (352) 540-3853, or by email: skirby@cityofbrooksville.us.

  • Chocochatti Public Meeting

    A very important Public/Community Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 6, 2019 @ 6:30 pm at Brooksville City Hall located at 201 Howell Ave, Brooksville, FL 34601. This meeting is open to the public & all residents of the area in order to meet with archaeologists from GARI, Gulf Archaeology Research Institute www.gulfarchaeology.org to learn from you any information that would benefit in understanding CHOCOCHATTI “Red House.” Studies on this Florida Historic Landmark Site will be conducted from 2019-2020. They will also discuss their research design and scope of studies anticipated in the upcoming months. The Seminole Tribe of Florida Tribal Historic Preservation Office www.stofthpo.com will also be participating wih GARI in this most important research of Chocochatti. We look forward to seeing you then!

    Please watch the Dedication of the Chocochatti Historic Marker in 2014: