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Billy the Kid to visit the 1885 Train Depot Museum in Brooksville

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear the story of William H. Cox II, “BILLY THE KID.”  He recounts his adventure of 30 years ago when he experienced a life-changing event that found him literally living in the footsteps of the legendary figure of the wild wild West, William H. Bonney,  known infamously as “Billy the Kid.” Billy has written an autobiography about his life and adventures entitled: “The Adventures & Times of William H. Cox II, Billy the Kid.”

    Thirty years ago, Billy took a road trip to Roswell, New Mexico to learn about the land and history of that place after seeing the movie “Young Guns.”   Little did he know he was headed for an experience that would change his personal history and had everybody in the SouthWest saying that New Mexico’s notorious son was back.  

    As Billy recounts,  he was twenty two years old and full of energy.  Arriving in Roswell, New Mexico, he stepped off the bus, not knowing where to go.  He just went with the direction of the wind. It led him to the Roswell Museum. As he walked into the museum, the historian immediately approached him and said he looked just like “Billy the Kid.”  “What is your name?” asked the historian. “Billy,” he replied. The museum historian’s mouth dropped! “We need to get you to Lincoln,” he said, which was about sixty miles from Roswell.

    So began his adventure as “Billy the Kid” in Lincoln, New Mexico.  Billy the Kid had returned in the person of William H. Cox II, who bore an uncanny likeness to the Kid.  Let the Kid tell you the rest of the story in person where he will make his book available and answer questions.  You will learn not just about Billy the Kid, you will learn that life is full of adventures and you don’t have to be ordinary, you can be original!

EVENT TIME:     SATURDAY, JULY 28 @ 7P.M.

EVENT LOCATION:     1885 TRAIN DEPOT MUSEUM
70 Russell Street
Brooksville, FL 34601

EVENT COST:    $10      RSVP 352-799-4766
(20 seats available)

HHPS Business Meeting and Potluck Dinner

Join the HHPS for the 2018 Second 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, June 7, 2018

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

6:30pm - 8:00pm

May Speaker: Indians of Eastern Hernando/Pasco County

The Historic Hernando Preservation Society is pleased to welcome Shane Forrester who will speak on the Indians of Eastern Hernando/ Pasco County.  Shane Forrester has been a local east Pasco/Hernando county resident most all of his life and has served as a hospital administrator for Marion and Hillsborough Counties the last 20 years.  His wife Gayle has been an educator for Pasco County over 30 years.  His interest includes the history of local Prehistoric Native Floridians especially in the East Hernando County area.  Over the past 30 years, Shane and Gayle have been able to obtain local artifacts that they have collected from their properties they have owned.  He has done extensive research on the area and the aboriginals that dwelled in these areas.  

THURSDAY, May 3, 2018 @ 6:30 PM
Brooksville City Hall

LeeAnne Shoeman Preservation Award for 2017 - ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS

The Lee Anne Shoeman Preservation Award is presented annually to a person who as contributed to understanding of the historic significance of Hernando County, and or furthering historic education in Hernando County.  It is named in honor of Lee Anne 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 Brooksville City Hall​.

Historic Window Repair Workshop at the May-Stringer Museum

Join window restoration experts from Wood Window Makeover in Brooksville, Florida for the 2018 Historic Homes Workshop. Spend a weekend meeting other historic preservation enthusiasts and professionals from around the country. It's an opportunity to get to know and learn from some of the best restoration professionals in the industry during a relaxed, interactive, hands on event. The four course tracks offer a wide range of topics from an introduction to historic windows to advanced repairs and starting a restoration business. Taught by nationally known and local professionals, participants will explore all facets of historic window restoration. From only having opened a window, not repaired one... to business concepts in historic restoration, one of the educational tracks will certainly help you take your restoration abilities to the next level.

The Workshop will take place at the historic May-Stringer House Museum and will result in the restoration of the museum's windows. The museums is located at: 601 Museum Ct., Brooksville, FL 34601.

Schedule

Friday, February 23rd, 2018       6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.   Workshop Welcome Reception

Saturday, February 24th, 2018   9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.   Educational Seminars

Sunday, February 25th, 2018      8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.   Hands on Workshop - Pro's and Joe's, Introduction to Window Restoration

Advanced Workshop: Professional Artisan Series

5 Day Sash Making Course: Monday, February 26th - Friday, March 2nd.   8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily.

FREE Workshops offered by Historic Hernando Preservation Society:

TimeSaturday, February 25
10-11Designing a Period Kitchen
11-12Researching Your Home's History
Lunch 
1-2Choosing Exterior Paint Colors
2-3Exterior Details

More information and tickets for the workshop can be purchased at: https://www.artisanarmy.com/

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. 

 

Jonathan L Yeager Presented With The LeeAnne Shoeman Award

Contributed by: Mary Moses

The names of many worthy nominees were presented to the Historic Hernando Preservation Society for the LeeAnne Shoeman Award. The award was established to honor LeeAnne Shoeman, an educator, historian, and gifted writer. She came to an untimely end in 2014, and both the Hernando Historical Museum Association, and Historic Hernando Preservation Society sought to find ways to honor her memory. LeeAnne was instrumental in the Bayport Shipwreck Signage Project.

Historic Hernando Preservation Society presents a trophy to an individual who contributes to the historical significance of Hernando County. The recipient for 2014 was Virginia Jackson. She is affectionately known as the museum “mother”, local author and historian. 

This years nominee, Jonathan L. Yeager worked tirelessly to develop a relationship between Historic Hernando Preservation Society and the Seminole Tribe of Florida. His research on the Seminole Indian Village of Chocochatti (1760ʼs-1835), led Seminole Tribe Chairman James E. Billie to sponsor the historical marker that was placed on May 30, 2014. It was a careful orchestration of the Historic Hernando Preservation Society, USF, the Seminole Tribe of Florida, the City of Brooksville, FDOT and Hernando County. Jon managed to spearhead the project, and successfully see it through.

Dr. Brent Wiesman of USF stated concerning the dedication “this dedication ceremony was a historical first. Here we have a marker sponsored by the Seminole Tribe in partnership with the Historic Hernando Preservation Society. To my knowledge, this partnership is the first of its kind. Let it not be the last.”

Mr. Yeager also arranges for speakers for the Historic Hernando Preservation Society, several of which have come from the Humanities Council. He has served as Treasurer and Secretary. He has worked on research for Hope Hill, and is currently working on research for a Florida Heritage Landmark for Centralia. 

The LeeAnne Shoeman Award was presented to Jon at the Historic Hernando Preservation Society meeting on January 7th at City Hall.

LeeAnne Shoeman Preservation Award

LeeAnne Shoeman was a gifted educator and historian.  She worked tirelessly for the Hernando Historical Museum Association, as well as the Hernando Historic Preservation Society.  Her work on the Bay Port sign project was something she poured her heart and soul into.  She was an individual who strived for historic accuracy, and correctness of the written word.  Her work as an educator at Central High school earned her the respect of her students and colleagues alike.  

LeAnne’s life was cut short by tragedy, and a memorial in the essence of the LeeAnne Shoeman Award was created by the Historic Hernando Preservation Society.  The award is presented annually to someone who has contributed to the historic significance of Hernando County, and or contributed to the furthering of historic education of Hernando County.  

The first award in 2015 was presented to Virginia Jackson, Hernando historian, author, and inspiration to many.  Her name was placed on the LeeAnne Shoeman Award.  The award itself bears the symbol of pen and scroll, a testament to LeAnnes love of the written word.  The award is housed in City Hall in Brooksville, and a new name plate will be added bearing the name of the current award winner for subsequent years.

This award should not be presented lightly, as it is a beacon of hope that the work of LeAnne will carry on with those of us who love history and wish to continue the memory of a beloved historian, writer and educator.

2016 LeeAnne Shoeman Award Application