Historic Hernando Preservation Society


July HHPS Meeting

There will be no Historic Hernando Preservation Society meeting in July. The next meeting will be August 3rd, which will feature an our 3rd Antiques Auction. Each previous auction has been a blast, so we expect no less this time.

Auction Items to be Presented in August:

  1. Western Landscape, signed McKan 
  2. Hand Carved Lioness Nut Cracker 
  3. Scott Album, Up Silesia, Vat & Ukraine
  4. Cast Brass 16th Century Style 3 arm candlestick
  5. Pr Cut Glass Lamps on brass bases
  6. Set of 3 classic books in tooled bindings
  7. Jadite Carved Monkeys on domed stand
  8. Garniture of 4 pce, Bee on Oxblood
  9. Modern Paperweight, multi color in egg shape
  10. Antique Cloisonne covered bowl
  11. Antique French Bowl c 1940 Bird
  12. Book, Country Style 
  13. Cloisonne pin dish, floral design 
  14. Set of 4 Mini Coca Cola  glasses 
  15. Framed Still-life print 
  16. Wedgwood Queens Ware Pitcher 
  17. Silverplate Bread Basket Reed & Barton 
  18. Crimping tool and stencil brush, early 20th Century
  19. Seascape signed Elsie Jones 
  20. Original Photo, Yellow Bird by Tom Maple
  21. Hand Painted Berry Bowl, Nippon 
  22. Lead Crystal 10” vase 
  23. Mini Ice Bucket (wine wash) lead crystal 
  24. Pressed Glass Drambuie Decantur
  25. Handpaintd Pitcher, “Renfroe Valley”  1945 by Cash family in Erwin Tennessee
  26. Yellow Pitcher, country style 
  27. Mahogany Clothes pin 

Portrayal of an Irish Soldier from the 1830’s

Last Thursday evening, Steve Rinck entered City Hall dressed in the uniform of an infantry soldier of the 1830’s.  He carried a trunk holding personal items a soldier of that era would value.  Then he spoke in an Irish accent that drew people into the experiences of his well crafted character, Paddington McCormick, an Irish immigrant who joined the US Infantry in 1835.

His story told of his entry into New York Harbor, where Irishmen of his stature were often not valued.  He spoke of his adventures visiting the P.T. Barnum Circus.  Some of the sights he saw included a “Feejee Mermaid,” as well as a “161 year old woman” claiming to be George Washington’s nursemaid. 

His story wound around to include how he enlisted into the U.S. Infantry, and he expounded with a detailed description of his uniform and weapons.  He successfully explained the cartridge box, the forage cap, and why his shoes were called “Jeffersons.”

Mr. Rinck completed the history by describing how Paddy’s company traveled through the wilderness of central Florida Territory to force the Seminoles out to Oklahoma.  His presentation was informative, entertaining, and well-presented.  His attention to
detail in an interesting fashion held each guest of Historic Hernando Preservation Society spellbound.

HHPS extends a heartfelt “thank you” to Mr. Rinck for composing such an informative program.  

June HHPS Speaker: Steve Rinck

The Historic Hernando Preservation Society it pleased to welcome HHPS member Steve Rinck as our guest speaker at the June 2017 meeting. Mr. Rinck will portray the character of Paddington McCormick, an Irish immigrant who joined the U.S. Infrantry in 1835.  Paddy's company traveled to the wilderness of central Florida Territory to force the Seminoles out to Oklahoma, and he will share the life and lot of a soldier at that time and place. 

All are welcome to attend this unique and interesting program.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

6:30 pm

Brooksville City Hall

201 Howell Avenue, Brooksville

FREE and Open to the Public

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 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.


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We meet on the 1st Thursday of the month in historic downtown Brooksville at Brooksville City Hall,  201 Howell Ave. Northwest corner of Howell Ave (Main St) and Fort Dade Ave. 

Meetings start at 6:30 pm.


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