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Hernando PAST Speakers Program

The Historic Hernando Preservation Society strives to provide a diverse and interesting array of speakers at their monthly meetings, which take place on the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm at Brooksville City Hall. Lectures are free and open to the public.

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

April 2017 Guest Speaker

Rick Fraker: HISTORIC CEMETERIES OF EASTERN HERNANDO COUNTY
 
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
 
FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

March 2017 Guest Speaker

HHPS Guest Speaker Barbara Clark

NATIVE PLANTS, NATIVE PEOPLE

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

February HHPS Meeting and Guest Speaker

Join the HHPS for the 2017 First Quarter Business Meeting to be followed with a PotLuck Supper. Board member Jo-Anne Peck will speak about the Brooksville Main Street Design Committee's plans for the year.

Ms. Peck is the Chair of the Design Committee for the recently designated Brooksville Main Street program. She will talk about the Committee's plans for helping the revitalization of the historic downtown area, including goals, financial incentives, design guidelines, and how residents can get involved.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

6:30 pm

Brooksville City Hall

201 Howell Avenue, Brooksville

HHPS Guest Speaker: THE BROOKSVILLE RAID OF 1864

The Historic Hernando Preservation Soceity is pleased to welcome

Historian JAMES MARSHALL

Mr. Marshall will discuss the Brooksville Raid of 1864 as described in period sources, notably the journals and memoirs of participants. Key personalities among the commanders of both sides and the results of the raid will be examined.

FREE and open to the public

Thursday, January 5th 6:30 pm
 
Brooksville City Hall
City Council Chambers
201 Howell Ave, Brooksville, FL 34601

 

 

Bill Dayton: Tales of Old Pasco County

The Historic Hernando Preservation Soceity is pleased to welcome Bill Dayton as the November meeting guest speaker. Bill is a native of Dade City and member of a family that has practiced law in the community since the 1890's. Bill has always had a fascination with history and archaeology. He is active with the Seminole Wars Foundation in Dade City. Come hear him tell some tales of "Old Pasco County".

Thursday, November 3

6:30 pm

Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Avenue

Authentic Brooksville: Brooksville Main Street

EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR OCTOBER 6 DUE TO HURRICANE MATTHEW AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED

The Historic Hernando Preservation Society is pleased to welcome local historic preservation consultant, Jo-Anne Peck as the guest speaker at the October 6, 2016 monthly meeting.

Ms. Peck is the Chair of the Design Committee for the recently designated Brooksville Main Street program. She will talk about the Committee's plans for helping the revitalization of the historic downtown area, including goals, financial incentives, design guidelines, and how residents can get involved.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

6:30 pm

Brooksville City Hall

201 Howell Avenue, Brooksville

Heraldry: Armorial History and How to Design your own Coat of Arms

The Historic Hernando Preservation Society is pleased to host Roger Sherman for a hands-on presentation.

Heraldry: Armorial History and how to design your own coat of arms.

Bring a sketch pad and pen if you'd like to participate in the event!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Brooksville City Hall

201 Howell Street

6:30 pm

 

There will be no July HHPS Meeting

OLD HERNANDO HISTORY ROUNDTABLE

OLD HERNANDO HISTORY ROUNDTABLE is a group of individuals who share a common bond-the history of the “old county” (Hernando, Citrus, & Pasco).  The meetings are quarterly (FEBRUARY, MAY, AUGUST, NOVEMBER) on the third Thursday of the month.  The informal group meets for lunch at 11:30 AM @ Country Kitchen Restaurant, 20133 Cortez Blvd, Brooksville.   Following lunch is a speaker presentation on some aspect of history.

SPEAKERS FOR 2016 

MAY 19:  Bill Dayton: Tales of Old Pasco County 

AUG  18:  Brent Weisman: Chocochatti

NOV  17:   Sid Taylor:  History of Withlacoochee State Forest 

For More Information Call:

               ROGER LANDERS…………..352-848-0505 or

               SID TAYLOR……………………352-344-4705

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