Summer vacation is over and the kids are back in school.
But history lessons aren't limited to the classroom, and kids also aren't the only ones who can learn from and about the past.
There are several events throughout Pasco county in September that focus on history.So pack up the kids, and head out to some good old-fashioned fun.
- West Pasco Historical Society Regular Meeting:
When: Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 at 1 p.m.
Where: West Pasco Historical Society
Rao Musunuru Museum and Library in Sims Park
6431 Circle Boulevard
New Port Richey, FL 34652
Cost: FREE to the public
What: This month’s guest speaker will be Terry Fortner, the granddaughter of Myrtle Scharrer Betz, who was born on Caladesi Island in 1895 and who described her life there in a 1984 memoir, Yesteryear I Lived in Paradise.
The book’s descriptions from Amazon.com says, “Told with compelling honesty and humanity, this tale by the only child ever born on Caladesi Island captures the natural wonders, discomforts, challenges, and joys of pioneer life on a Florida West Coast barrier island, spanning the time from when her father, Henry Scharrer, first arrived in America from Switzerland in 1883 until his death in 1934.This new and enlarged edition includes more than 130 historic illustrations providing a visual legacy to complement Myrtle s narrative, and granddaughter Terry Fortner has added a timeline to clarify the history, extending to the years before and after the narrative itself. With wisdom, insight, and poetry, Myrtle Sharrer Betz has written a book that is sure to become a Florida treasure. In consideration of the future as well as preservation of the past, sales from the book support the Henry Scharrer Memorial Fund to underwrite projects at Caladesi and Honeymoon Island State Parks.”
For more information about this event, please visit http://westpascohistoricalsociety.org/
- Pioneer Florida Museum Dance
When: Monday, Sept. 8, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. to ???
Where: Dan Cannon Auditorium, Pasco County Fairgrounds
36722 State Road 52, Dade City, FL
Cost: $10 pre-event tickets (ends Friday Sept. 7th at 4:30pm)
$15 at the door
TABLES $10 to RSVP and seats eight.
What: Todd Brown & the River Junction Band
Join the Pioneer Florida Museum for a night filled with music and dancing with the Todd Brown & the River Junction Band. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8pm. There will also be a silent auction and 50/50 raffle. Proceeds to Benefit the Pioneer Florida Museum
Pick-up tickets or RSVP tables at the following locations:
Pioneer Florida Museum, 352-567-0262
Dade City Chamber of Commerce, 352-567-3769
Sharon Sumner, 352-585-3757
Missy Lea (813)-778-2342
Note from the Pioneer Florida Museum: We will be setting up 30 tables so we encourage those of you who don’t want to lug those chairs around to RSVP your table, ASAP! First come first served. This is a “BYOB,” Bring your own Beverage or “BYOC,” Bring your own cooler and chair. No GLASS BOTTLES will be allowed inside the auditorium.
- Pasco County Historical Society
When: Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Dade City American Legion Hall
37745 Church Ave.
Cost: FREE to the public
What: As always, the Pasco County Historical Society has another fascinating program planned. This month they will welcome Angelo Liranzo, librarian from Dade City’s Hugh Embry Library. Angelo will share a recent project the library has been working on to digitize the old Dade City Banner newspaper, dating back to the turn of the 20th century. During his presentation Angelo will demonstrate the features of the digitized newspaper archives, including it searchable aspects.
As usual, a pot-luck covered-dish dinner will precede the program, so bring something special to share. Remember to also bring your own table-service and drink. Visitors and guest are welcome to come along to enjoy the program. For additional information please contact Eddie Herrmann at 352-567-2050 or Glen Thompson at 352-567-7449.