The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum provides great educational opportunities in the community, but we also provide entertainment and fun for residents and visitors alike! This wonderful monthly concert series helps to fund the Citrus County Historical Society's preservation efforts, exhibit design and fabrication, outreach events, school tours, and more! To ensure the safety of our guest and volunteers, we have postponed all our upcoming concert programs. If you would still like to support the museum and your local historical society please consider a donation. Online donations are accepted at www.cchistoricalsocietyshop.com or can be dropped off or mailed to 1 Courthouse Square, Inverness, FL 34450. All donations are tax-deductible.
Virtual Coffee and Convesations Speaker Series
Coffee and Conversations Speakers Series continues in August 2020 as the result of a generous grant from the Florida Humanities Council. Of course, in the age of COVID-19, safety is still a top priority. All the following programs will have limited in-person spots to ensure social distancing and a live virtual broadcast for the folks at home. In-person guests will be limited to the first thirty registrants. Spaces are first come, first served. You can register online at www.cchistoricalsocietyshop.com for free or by calling 352-341-6428. When you register you will be asked if you prefer the live or virtual event. All guests are required to wear a mask while in the building. If you do not have a mask one can be provided to you.
The virtual event will be hosted through GoToMeeting and the link for the event will be emailed to you upon registration. See instructions HERE on how to set up GoToMeeting.
8/6/2020 "Pioneer Women of Florida" with Dr. Peggy MacDonald, 7PM
Dr. Peggy Macdonald, public historian, author, and educator will be speaking on the Pioneer Women of Florida, including Citrus County’s own May Mann Jennings, a suffragette and early environmentalist in the state. What better way to celebrate 100 years since the passing the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote.
9/10/2020 "The Battle of Wahoo Swamp" with Archeologist Sean Norman, 7PM
Sean Norman, an archeologist for GARI, the Gulf Archeology Research Institute, will present on the history and archeological finds of the Battle of Wahoo Swamp. 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 project combined archaeological methods with insight from local historians to assess the layout of the battlefield. GARI staff will discuss the history of Call's campaign and the results of the archaeological fieldwork of the campaign's final engagement in the fall of 1836.
9/26/2020 Save Our Waters Week with Quinn Zacharias, 2PM
This is the 25th anniversary of the Save of Waters Week program and we are excited to bring Quinn Zacharias to Citrus County. Quinn is a 6th year-student working on a combined masters and undergraduate program in engineering at the University of Florida. Mr. Zacharias is a Roy Likins scholar for the American Water Association and a research fellow for the University of Florida’s Institute for Food and Agricultural Science (UF-IFAS). His presentation will discuss Florida’s most pressing water-related issues as well as providing cutting-edge ideas to address these issues.
How to Sign On to a Virtual Event
1. Open the invitation and click on "Join Virtual Event".
2. A new window will open on your computer. It will ask you to "Open GoTo Opener". Please click here to start the program. You do NOT need to make an account to join.
3. You will see a screen similar to the one below as you are being connected. Depending on your internet speed, this may take a few seconds to complete.
4. Once you see this screen, click "OK, I'M READY".