Historic Hernando Preservation Society

Preserving Hernando County's PAST


May 2017 HHPS Business Meeting

Join the HHPS for the 2017  Second Quarter Business Meeting to be followed with a PotLuck Supper. We will discuss upcoming projects and plans, as well as scheduled speakers. 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

6:30 pm

Brooksville City Hall

201 Howell Avenue, Brooksville

Collector's Day at the Tampa Bay History Center

Do you have a prized personal collection of items that you would like to share with others? If so, the Tampa Bay History Center invites you to be a part of Collectors Day 2017! The purpose of this event is to showcase the role that objects have in our lives; e.g. a connection to the past, a path to knowledge or a way to share one’s interest with others. Be a part of this gallery experience for visitors of all ages as they tour the museum to see the many interesting items on display from over 30 collectors like you and hear the interesting stories behind them!

Collectors Day will be held on Sunday, May 7th from 12pm-5pm Tampa Bay History Center – Downtown Tampa 801 Old Water Street, Tampa FL 33602

How to Apply: Please complete the online application at www.tampabayhistorycenter.org. You will be contacted by a TBHC staff member to discuss your collection, and the policies and procedures for the event.

Please note: Weapons, plants or animals, human artifacts, food or liquids, and items inappropriate to sensitive or younger visitors are not permitted.

April 2017 Guest Speaker

The Historic Hernando Preservation Society is pleased to welcome Rick Fraker, resident of Ridge Manor who will present the background, development, and current status of two historic cemeteries in eastern Hernando county.  They include the Oriole (or Giddens Homestead cemetery) and the Smith Park  (or Giddens Homesite cemetery).  
Brooksville City Hall, City Council Chambers
201 Howell Ave, Brooksville, FL 34601, USA
Thursday, April 6, 2017
6:30 pm

March 2017 Guest Speaker

HHPS Guest Speaker Barbara Clark


Barbara Clark, Registered Professional Archaeologist with the Florida Public Archaeogy Network (FPAN) North Central Regional Director, will discuss how plants have been used as medicine and food in Florida by
prehistoric people and early settlers in Florida. This presentation has been developed as a part of Florida Archaeology Month.
Thu Mar 2nd 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Brooksville City Hall
201 Howell Ave, Brooksville, FL 34601

Heritage Day 2017

Heritage Day 2017 will be held on the grounds of the 1885 Train Depot, at 70 Russell Street in Brooksville, February 25th, from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Vendors, demonstrators and artisans will wind their way along the Good Neighbor Trail.  In addition, you can enjoy some of your favorite foods;  hot dogs, ice cream, Italian ice, corn on the cob, just to name a few.  Music and history demonstrators will provide entertainment. Heritage Day is free to the public.

The Historic Home Tour ($15) will include two private homes (701 Museum Ct and 117 Brooksville Ave), the May-Stringer House Museum, the historic Train Depot, the one-room school house, and two History Stops on Main Street in front of the courthouse.

Vendors and demonstrators are needed for the event. Applications are HERE.


Upcoming Events at the Dade Battlefield State Park

Go to  https://www.floridastateparks.org/park-events/Dade-Battlefield for details. 

Historic Homes Workshop

The WWM Historic Homes Workshop holds its 9th annual event February 10th through 18th at the Wood Window Makeover campus located at 1706 W. Cypress St, 33606. Old house professionals from across the nation converge and unite to empower the next generation of old house lovers. With over 80,000 buildings in the Tampa Bay area that are historic/vintage/old, there’s 80,000 reasons to come to the Historic Homes Workshop. More information is available at woodwindowmakeover.com/historic-homes- workshop, or contact Steve Quillian at 813-404- 6498

The workshop begins Friday, February 10 at 6:00 pm with a catered kick-off party to allow guest to meet and network. Saturday morning beginning at 9:00am, the Historic Homes Workshop showcases “how to” sessions with the professionals. Some of the sessions feature guests from out of town, such as Craig Bennett from Bennett Preservation Engineering in Charleston, South Carolina, Amy Swift from Building Hugger in Detroit, Michigan and Ty McBride from Wood Window Rescue in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Other sessions feature local favorites such as Scott Sidler, the best-selling author and preservation contractor of Austin Home Restorations in Orlando, Jo-Anne Peck of Historic Shed in Brooksville and Steve Quillian from Wood Window Makeover in Tampa. The cost to attend these two days is $50.

Consistent with America’s recent cultural shift to the trades, the Historic Homes Workshop’s main draw is the “Hands-On” element that begins Sunday morning, February 12 at 8:00am at the Seminole Heights United Methodist Church in Tampa. This is our “Pros teaching Joes.” Historic Window Preservation Professionals from all over Florida and the United States are coming together to donate their time and skills to teach participants how to bring old windows back to life, by actually restoring the windows on the church building. Over the past two years, participants have donated almost $40,000 worth of restoration services.

Three people who have attended the “Hands-On” element actually started their own window restorations business in Tampa Bay this year, making Tampa a hot spot for historic window restoration and Historic Preservation. The cost to attend these three days is $200. Bill Hunter, secretary of the Old Seminole Heights Neighborhood Association said about the 2015 Historic Homes Workshop, “I enjoyed your window event very much. It was a great experience and I learned a great deal. Please let me know of any future ones like it.”

To conclude the Historic Homes Workshop, host Wood Window Makeover will train participants in all aspects of the historic window restoration business, from basic mechanics and restoration procedures to marketing strategies and practical business administration. The goal is to certify participants and set them up to begin earning money right away in the blossoming window restoration trade. Cost to attend these 9 days is $2500.

The goal of the Historic Homes Workshop has always been to empower those who love old buildings with knowledge of materials and methods they need to care for their buildings. With 80,000 historic/vintage/old buildings in the Tampa Bay area alone, a new goal of empowering and equipping the next generation of those who love old buildings has begun. Steve Quillian, founder of Wood Window Makeover and the Historic Homes Workshop, has made it his personal goal for each historic neighborhood to have a competent historic window restorer of its own.

Quick Facts about the Historic Homes Workshop:

  •  This is the 9 th Annual Historic Homes Workshop
  •  February 10th -18th, 2016
  •  16 Useful workshop sessions on Saturday, Feb. 11
  •  Hand-on Pros and Joes workshop Sunday, Feb 12
  •  Donated over $35,000 the past two years, more this year.
  •  Professionals from across the United States contribute
  •  People from as far away as Canada come to attend.

About the Historic Homes Workshop: An event that brings a broad spectrum of people together to empower them to love old buildings. More information and registration is at woodwindowmakeover.com/historic-homes- workshop

Dr. Roger Landers Recipient of the LeeAnne Shoeman Award

The Historic Hernando Preservation Society was delighted to present Dr. Roger Landers with the LeeAnne Showman Award for Preservation for 2016 at the January 5th meeting. Dr. Landers is one of Hernando County’s leading historians and was a teacher, principal and district administrator in the Hernando County School System for nearly 33 years.

Dr. Landers received a Doctorate Degree from Florida State University. He has been a leading figure in historic research in our county and a major contributor in both lecturing and writing of Brooksville history. His most recent publication, Hernando County Florida: One hundred years or thereabout, covers history from 1842 to 1945. He has been an advisor for the Heritage Museum and the Hernando County Genealogical Society as well as an active member of the Seminole War Society and the Brooksville historic Round Table. He was instrumental in the development of research conducted at Bayport in 2008-2010 and became a principal adviser for the creation of the Hernando Historic Preservation Society.

Dr. Landers contributed substantial financial support for the Cultural Resource Assessment of Hernando County, Florida by the Gulf Archeological Research Institute in 2009, and he recently donated an important and significant Hernando County paleontological specimen to the Hernando County Historical Museum.  

He has been credited as being a key figure in local history with Virginia Jackson, Executive director of the Heritage museum, Jan Knowles, former museum president, and Bob Martinez, history magazine publisher.

The LeeAnne Shoeman Award is presented annually to a person who has contributed to understanding of the historic significance of Hernando County, and or the furthering of historic education in Hernando County. It is named in honor of LeeAnne Shoeman, a gifted educator and historian. The award serves as a beacon of hope that the work of Ms. Shoeman will carry on with those of us who love history and wish to continue the memory of a beloved historian, writer and educator. The award is displayed in City Hall in Brooksville. 


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