• Thank You to our Many Volunteers


    As we are nearing March of 2019,  we have accomplished many things because of you, who make up our membership and contribute with unpaid volunteer hours and time, membership dues, serving as board members.  At this time we especially remember the legacy of Roger Sherman to our Preservation Society who was our Parliamentarian/Vice President and who began this year with a great lecture on historic home design while raising funds to complete the Garden Grove Historic Marker to be dedicated in a few months.  He will be missed but his legacy of volunteerism inspires us to continue.                   

    Several historical field trips were made by our group in the recent past which was organized by Brooksville “Bev” and Sue Russo.  Thanks to Vickie Jimmerson’s cousin Caesar Gonzmart for his tour in Ybor City.  Other trips are being planned. Thanks to President Vickie Jimmerson for guiding us into 2019 and running our meetings smoothly.                    

    The Florida Humanites Speaker Series began in November and resumed this past week with a great presentation on the Civilian Conservation Corps.  The months of April & May will bring new lectures on Weeki Wachee & Florida Cattle Ranching.   Thanks to all of you for setting up, getting the word out, and making these a success!                       

    Volunteers have staffed the outreach table at The Brooksville Raid, The Brooksville Native American Festival, and most recently Heritage Day (Celebrating the birthday of Hernando County in 1843).  Our next big outreach opportunity will be Art in the Park on March 9-10th.  We will have a great time selling hot dogs and raising funds as we have done there the past several years, thanks to the opportunity by the Hernando County Fine Arts Council, namely Jan Knowles & again Roger Sherman.                         

    Thank you!

    Although not an officially sponsored event by Hernando Past, our group helped advertise & promote a Historic Home Workshop this past week at the May-Stringer Museum,  where thousands of dollars of restoration work was accomplished at the window makeover workshop.  JoAnne Peck was instrumental in this important event at the Hernando Historical Museum Association.                        

    Board Member David Letasi just completed a presentation to a group of traveling scholars on the pre-history of Hernando County and Florida at the Chinsegut Hill Retreat.   He has donated his $200 honorarium to Hernando Past!  Thank you Dave!                       

    There are more opportunities for volunteerism with Hernando Past coming up with the commencement of a two year archaeological study at Chocochatti.  A public meeting is planned for the first week of March at City Hall, which will be announced soon.  And this coming fall, for six weeks, from September through November, we will be hosting Museum on Mainstreet: Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America,  a traveling Smithsonian Exhibit which will be on display at the Brooksville Mining Association Enrichment Center (The Quarry) Volunteers will be needed for set-up, programs, as tour guides (docents), and to dissemble the exhibit as well.                           

    Thanks to our volunteers for staffing the outreach tables,  setting up for lectures, and other volunteer activities  including Debbie Charlow, Janet Clark, Rick Fraker,  Mike & Char Goldman, Vickie & Buddy Jimmerson, Jan Knowles, David & Sue Letasi, Dorwin Skinner, Nina Mattei, Ken Morgan, Brooksville “Bev,” Susan Russo,  JoAnne Peck, Max & Calli, Joyce Rinehart, Richard Tombrink, Robert Twomey, Sid Taylor, Andrea Vicente, Douglas Ponticos, Tommy Blackmon, Beverly Lewis, Terry Cremin, Doug Davis, Patricia Taylor, Caesar Gonzmart, the GFWC Historic Brooksville Woman’s Club.   (Please forgive me if I left anyone off this list of volunteers of recent events & activities.)

    Thank you,
    Jon YeagerSecretary & Event Coordinator

  • March HHPS Meeting

    Join the HHPS for the 2019 First Quarter Business Meeting to be followed with a Pot Luck Supper. We will discuss upcoming projects and plans, as well as scheduled speakers. All are welcome to attend!

    Thursday, March 7, 2019

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

    6:30pm – 8:00pm

  • 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. 

  • December HHPS Meeting

    Please join us for our 4th quarter business meeting and holiday potluck supper party. We will be holding elections for the 2019 officers and board members and voting on the LeeAnne Shoeman Preservation Award nominees. There will also be a small fundraising auction. Please bring a small, inexpensive wrapped Christmas ornament for a fun gift exchange.

    Thursday, December 6, 6:30 pm

    Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Avenue

  • 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