Historic Hernando Preservation Society

HHPS 3rd Quarter 2015 Business Meeting



Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave.

Thursday, September 3, 2015 @ 7:00 PM


WELCOME OF MEMBERS & GUESTS: 7:00 PM President Don Moses welcomed all to the meeting.

INVOCATION & PLEDGE: Don Moses lead the invocation.

MINUTES: Minutes of the June 2015 Business Meeting were presented by Jo-Anne Peck. Roger Sherman moved to approve the December Minutes. Jon Yeager seconded the motion. It passed unanimously.

TREASURER’S REPORT: Treasurer Jon Yeager reported a balance of $4,219.58 as of the meeting date. $200 was spent on DVD production. A motion to approve the report was made by Victoria Jimmerson. Dave Letasi seconded the motion. It was approved unanimously.


ADMINISTRATION: Roger Sherman stated that there was nothing to report.


  • Jon Yeager reported that archaeological work would resume at Hope Hill in 2016 under the direction of the Seminole Nation.

  • Jon Yeager offered free copies of the Seminole War Trail Guide published by the Florida Division of Historical Resources to members.  

  • Jon Yeager said that he was planning a Field Trip to Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Musuem to join them for their annual American Indian Arts Celebration, date to be announced.

  • Jon Yeager suggested that a link to Florida’s artifact laws be posted on the HHPS website.

  • Jon Yeager reported progress on the historic marker for Centralia. He stated that Sid Taylor was working on the marker text and that we needed to solicit funds for the marker cost. Mary Moses suggested that we identify local businesses that are located near Centralia as well as lumber companies to ask for donations.

ARCHITECTURE: Don Moses reported that he met with a gentleman who purchases a historic home on Cortez who was doing some nice restoration work. Roger Sherman reported that the Brooksville Beautification Committee was looking for nominations.

HERITAGE DAY: Mary Moses suggested that Heritage Day be held on February 6th as it has the fewest conflicts with other heritage related events.  Roger Sherman suggested that the Tourist Development Council could help with advertising for the event.


ENVIRONMENTALLY SENSITIVE LANDS (ESL) PROGRAM: Dave Letasi reported that he attended the BOCC meeting about the elimination of the ESL Program, which includes provisions for protection of archaeological sites. The move created a big backlash from the community, which lead to the reinstatement of the program, but changing the number of committee members from 12 to 9 and setting new term limits.

LEEANNE SHOEMAN AWARD: Mary Moses said she was contacting the County to find where the award is currently located. She reported that she would develop nomination forms for the 2016 award. Vicky Jimmerson suggested that a committee be formed to review the nominations. Mary Moses reported that the Museum was dedicating a room in the May Stringer House to LeeAnne Shoeman. Dave Letasi reported that the County was worried about vandalism at the Bayport display.

SPEAKERS: Jo-Anne Peck handed out a flier for the October speaker, Rick Kilby, who would be speaking on the history of Florida Springs. Jon Yeager reported that the HHPS was approved to host three Humanities Council speakers again in 2016. The first, Eliot Kleinberg, would speak in January about Florida in the Civil War. Dave Letasi announced that Richard Estabrook, of FPAN, was now hosting an archaeology show on local cable TV.

FIELD TRIPS: Mary Moses reported that the Little Rock Cannery trip was well attended and very enjoyable. She stated that the Cannery was at risk due to budget cuts. Vicky Jimmerson  reported that the Tampa Bay History Museum and Ulele trip went well.


LETTERHEAD: Don Moses suggested that the Board update the HHPS letterhead to reflect the current Officers/ Board Members.

WEBSITE: Don Moses asked that contact info for Committee Heads be added to the website along with email addresses. He also asked that current member names be listed on the page.

NOTECARDS: Roger Sherman suggested that the suggested donation amount for the notecards be raised to $10 rather than $8.

DVD: Mary Moses said she would prepare a Thank You letter to the Calvert Chapel Hernando Church for use of their DVD burning equipment. Jo-Anne Peck stated that she posted a link to the DVD on her neighborhood website, resulting in several sales and suggested that others do the same.

MEMBERSHIP: Mary Moses offered to write member highlight articles to be posted on the website. Dave Letasi suggested that Board members could write up their own 1-2 paragraph biography to also post. Vicky Jimmerson offered to be head of the Membership Committee.

MUSIC IN THE PARK FESTIVAL: Volunteers will be needed to staff the Outreach Table and Hot Dog Sales for the November 7-8 Music Festival in Tom Varn Park.


Don Moses announced that Gary Ellis would be the November meeting speaker. He would talk about archaeological finds at Chinsegut.

Don Moses passed around the sign-up sheet for the September 25th Moon Over the Mounds Field Trip.

MEETING ADJOURNED: Don Moses closed the meeting at 9:03 p.m.

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