Pioneer Museum gets new exhibits

Visitors to the Pioneer Florida Museum and Village now will be able to see an up-close look at how blacksmiths and woodworkers mastered their crafts as settlers back in the 1800s and 1900s. Guests will be able to glimpse the tools used back then — whether the craftsmen were pulling forge bellows and shaping hot steel, or operating a foot-powered treadle lathe and turning wood. The … [Read more...]

Did Lincoln actually sign this document?

My travels to Lincoln, Illinois, began with a column published in The Laker/Lutz News on July 11, regarding a document that had been passed down, from one generation — to the next, to the next. That column pondered: What would it be like to have a large document signed by Abraham Lincoln, and not know its value or its history — or if it really had been signed by the nation’s 16th … [Read more...]

The Civil War visits Dade City

To all history buffs and those curious about learning more on the Civil War, the Pioneer Florida Museum will be recapturing this American era from Nov.16 through Nov. 18. Entitled the “Living History and Civil War Reenactments,” the event begins with a school field trip on Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Accompanied by a tour guide, students will be able to roam through the museum visiting … [Read more...]

Dade City Scarecrow Festival aims to be fun

The Pioneer Florida Museum and Village in Dade City is gearing up for its annual Scarecrow Festival, set for Oct. 13. An array of live performances will be given throughout the day, including the East Pasco Gymnastics Team and songs by Mr. Tommy. Food concession stands will be available, as well as vendors offering items such as jewelry, beauty products, clothing and crafts. Professional … [Read more...]

Sharing the story of women’s progress

Madonna Jervis Wise, a local author who writes primarily about history, has been making the rounds lately, talking about women in the work force and “East Pasco Women Who Rocked.” Her talks, which have been delivered at the Pioneer Florida Museum and Village in Dade City, at the East Pasco Networking Group’s breakfast meeting and at the Zephyrhills Public Library, have traced the evolving … [Read more...]

Remembering the legacy of Odell Mickens

Odell Kingston Mickens’ legacy as a Dade City educator and civil rights activist endures more than three decades after his death in 1980. When racism and Jim Crow laws denied blacks access to public education during the 1930s, Mickens expanded the outreach of education to black students in Pasco County. When white school boards eventually included black schools into a separate, but … [Read more...]

Thrasher’s impacts felt, from Atlanta to Dade City

While he doesn’t have the name recognition of other famed railroad builders, John James Thrasher played a role in bringing the first railroad to Dade City, thus helping to develop the future county seat of Pasco County. Little is known about his life before he reached the age of 21. He was born on Feb. 14, 1818, as the second oldest in a family of 14 children. He would go on to be … [Read more...]

Antiques store is repository of memories

Johnny Herrmann’s business card boasts that his antiques business, in San Antonio, is “not your grandma’s antiques store.” But, there’s no doubt that the shop where his business operates is steeped in his family’s history. The store is in the 1946 Herrmann Building, at 11853 S. Curley St. The building is one of a collection of structures on Curley Street, south of State Road 52, … [Read more...]