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Historic Hernando School Happenings

February 29,(Sat) and March 1, (Sun), 2020 - 9 am to 2 pm - A Craft Fair will take place on the grounds of the Historic Hernando School, 2415 N. Florida Ave, 34442. All proceeds from this event will benefit and help to complete the interior restoration of the historic school. Vendors are still being accepted, register is $20 per vendor and you will need to bring your own table. For more information call, Cathy Johnson at 352.697-0193, or Pamela Noel at 352.249.6970.

2020 Coffee and Conversations Speakers Series Sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council and the Citrus County Historical Society, Inc.

March 5, 2020: David Schmidt: The Legacy of Franklin Roosevelt’s WPA in Florida

The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was on one of FDR’s most wide-ranging, yet controversial programs. Floridians enjoy the buildings and constructions created by the WPA. This program views the WPA and focuses on the still existing projects. *Please note this program will be held at the Historic Hernando School at 2415 N. Florida Avenue, Hernando, Florida. This building is a WPA project designed by notable architect Henry L. Taylor and built in 1941-42, currently undergoing restoration.

April 2, 2020, 7 - 8:30 p.m. Archaeologist Sean Norman: The Battle of Wahoo Swamp, Black Seminoles during the Second Seminole War

In the fall of 1836, Territorial Governor Richard K. Call led a beleaguered campaign against the Seminoles occupying the Cove of the Withlacoochee. The offensive culminated in the Battle of the Wahoo Swamp (Nov. 18th-21st) marking the last major battle in the Withlacoochee theater. Recently, the Gulf Archaeology Research Institute conducted a National Park Service ABPP grant funded project to examine the history and archaeology of the Battle of Wahoo Swamp. This projected combined archaeological methods with insight from local historians to assess the layout of the battlefield.  Norman will discuss the history of Call's campaign and the results of the archaeological fieldwork of the campaign's final engagement.

Sean Norman is Acting Director of GARI. He specializes in the geoarchaeology of coupled human-natural ecosystems in coastal environments. He received my M.A. in Applied Anthropology from the University of South Florida (USF) where he examined the relationship between landscape modification (midden deposition and mound construction) and changing sea level and climatic conditions. This was accomplished through the use of soil coring and landscape modeling using geographic information systems (GIS) software. This was accomplished through the use of soil coring and landscape modeling using geographic information systems (GIS) software. This led to his interest in refining regional sea level reconstructions. He also possesses a graduate certificate in GIS from USF and a B.A. in History from Columbus State University.


May 7, 2020: Dr. Peggy Macdonald: Florida’s Female Pioneers

Examining some of the women who have shaped Florida, including Dr. Esther Hill Hawks, a physician who ran the first racially integrated free school in Florida and even Citrus County’s own May Mann Jennings, a suffragist and conservationist who helped establish Royal Palm State Park, which formed the nucleus of Everglades National Park.

All programs to be held at The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum unless otherwise noted. Programs begin at 7:00 p.m. All programs and free and open to the public but advance registration is recommended so enough food can be provided. For questions or to secure your seat please call 352-341-6428, or go online to

The Music at the Museum Line Up for 2020!

March 19, 2020: Joe Donato Jazz Band A true saxophone and woodwind legend, Joe Donato and his band’s unique performance style and improvisational techniques reflect a wide variety of musical influences. 

Joe Donato presents a historical overview from Early Jazz, Swing, Bop, Modern to Cool Jazz and the Great American Songbook. Joe Donato is co-founder of The Miami Jazz Cooperative and a Sunshine Jazz Hall of Fame inductee, widely recognized as a saxophonist as well as a band leader, composer and lyricist. Through the years, Joe has performed or jammed with luminaries such as Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Carmen McRae, Nina Simone, Jack Jones, and Arturo Sandoval. Joe performs as a saxophone soloist with the Jerry Fischer Jazz Orchestra, has toured throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia, and has served as an adjunct faculty member or lecturer at the University of Miami, Miami-Dade College, and Florida International University.

April 16, 2020: Craig Singleton and the Big City Band Craig Singleton is an award-winning professional musician, vocalist, and entertainer. At the Museum, he will transport us back to the Golden Age of American music, performing songs from the Great American Song book with his Big City Band. For more information, please call 352-341-6428 or e-mail

Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow and Centennial Faces January through March 2020

Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow explores the struggle for full citizenship and racial equality that unfolded in the 50 years after the Civil War. When slavery ended in 1865, a period of Reconstruction began, leading to such achievements as the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the Constitution. By 1868, all persons born in the United States were citizens and equal under the law. However, efforts to create an interracial democracy were contested from the start. A harsh backlash ensued, ushering in a half century of the “separate but equal” age of Jim Crow.

This exhibition has been organized by the New-York Historical Society.

Centennial Faces, a selection from Florida State Archives Alvan S. Harper Photographic Collection, gives us a fresh perspective on the lives of African-American citizens in Tallahassee at the turn of the century. The forty-nine photographs presented in this exhibit are only a fraction of the two thousand glass-plate negatives in collection.

For more information, please call 352-341-6428 or e-mail As always, please stop by the Old Courthouse Museum at One Courthouse Square in downtown Inverness for a tour!

Check out the below links for fun, interesting, and educational events and activities! - And the surrounding communities of Homosassa, Inverness and Floral City - What's happening now in Citrus, Hernando and Pasco counties.

Citrus County Historical Society

The Citrus County Historical Society, Inc. (CCHS, INC.) was originally formed in 1963, and incorporated in 1979. Operating as a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, it accepts tax-deductible donation in the active pursuit to "preserve and further the knowledge of the history and pre-history of Citrus County and nearby areas." A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free within the state to 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352). Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state.

Since 1985, the Citrus County Historical Society has been located in The Old 1912 County Courthouse, located at 1 Courthouse Square, Inverness, Florida. The historic Courthouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.Call (352) 341-6428 to order historic photographs for your home, office or business. Please consider becoming a member and volunteering with one of our many programs, events or councils. 

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