Baldomero Lopez was more than a local hero

When motorists drive past the Baldomero Lopez State Veterans Nursing Home in Land O’ Lakes, chances are they won’t know much about the history of the man for whom the facility is named. That’s where Bill Dotterer comes in. He’s a volunteer with the Tampa Bay History Center and he shared the story of 1st Lt. Baldomero Lopez’s life and his heroic actions during a talk earlier this year at … [Read more...]

The American flag, in all its glory

As part of its Florida Conversations series, the Tampa Bay History Center will host “Finding Our Fabric: Old Glory,” taking a look at the history of the United States flag. Sponsored by the Bank of America, the exhibit, “American Flags: The Stars & Stripes in American History & Culture,” is based on one of the most comprehensive collections of American flags in the country, collected by … [Read more...]

MacDill AFB’s changing missions through 75 years

MacDill Air Force Base has been around for more than 75 years — with roles that have changed to correspond with evolving military needs. The base now houses the 6th Air Mobility Wing, with operations primarily in aerial refueling mission and personnel transport. Its purpose was quite different during World War II, however. The Tampa Bay History Center, in partnership with the Jimmie … [Read more...]

Exploring Tampa’s Jewish history

Tampa’s Jewish population today numbers more than 25,000 members involved in  more than a dozen synagogues, day schools, and multiple community centers and related organizations. The of history Tampa’s Jewish community likewise runs deep — dating back more than 170 years. The Tampa Bay History Center, in partnership with the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, recently had a presentation … [Read more...]

Drug store work left lasting impressions

Tom Touchton was only about 6 years old when he began working at Touchton Drug Store, in the heart of Dade City. He went to work there because his brother, Charlie, who is 3 ½ years older, already was working there. “I figured if he could work there, I could work there,” said Tom, who decades later would become a prime mover in the creation of the Tampa Bay History Center in downtown … [Read more...]

Preserving stories of Wesley Chapel’s past

Motorists passing through Wesley Chapel today are likely to see it as a place on the move. Within the past decade or so, a landscape once characterized by cattle ranches and citrus groves, has become a place becoming more widely known for its shopping, medical, education and residential options. But, there are plenty of people who remember when the community was more closely associated … [Read more...]

History fair focuses on Wesley Chapel

If you’re curious about the history of Wesley Chapel, there’s a new event designed to help you learn about the community’s past. Pasco-Hernando State College is hosting the Wesley Chapel History Fair on March 31, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the college’s Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch, 2727 Mansfield Blvd. The event will be in the college’s conference center. The event will showcase … [Read more...]

A one-stop shop for Tampa Bay’s history

Spend a little time at the Tampa Bay History Center, and you’ll likely walk away knowing more about the region than people who have lived here their entire lives. At the center, located at 801 Old Water St., in Tampa, you can get a look at such things as hanging chads from the United States 2000 presidential election, a record book from the city’s Negro hospital and a 42-star American flag … [Read more...]

Book captures Dade City’s history through photographs

When visitors drop by downtown Dade City, its stately historic courthouse, unique shops and good restaurants likely will impress them. But there’s so much more to Dade City’s story, and Madonna Jervis Wise has captured that through 200 photographs of the people and places in this city that initially was known as Fort Dade. Wise began working on the volume about a year ago. She’d done … [Read more...]

Pasco historian publishing new book on Dade City

The Historic Pasco County Courthouse will be the backdrop for a book-signing event featuring local writer Madonna Jervis Wise on Oct. 4. Wise has released her latest book, “Images of America: Dade City,” which will be released by Arcadia Publishing in September. The book features more than 200 photos and images throughout the 150-year history of Dade City. Several people and historians who … [Read more...]