Welcome to the Citrus County Historical Society!
New exhibit opening and next Coffee and Conversation Speakers Series coming in May
An Exhibit Documentary Project: “Back Roads to Back Home: Finding the Voices of the Sunshine State” will open at the museum on May 1 running through July 31. Thursday evening, May 11 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. a free public program and book signing with Eric Dunesbery as part of the Coffee and Conversation Speakers Series Program will take place in the second floor courtroom.
“These hands of mine have seen a lot of hard work,” Ormond Simmons said. “I don’t believe there’s a man in the state of Florida that’s worked any harder than I have.”
A rancher who once took care of 39,000 acres with 2,600 head of cattle, Simmons is one of the subjects featured in the new documentary exhibit, Back Roads to Back Home: Finding the Voices of the Sunshine State opening on May1 at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum and will run through July 31.
The exhibition consists of high-quality, black-and-white photography and first-person narratives that portray everyday rural Floridians. The dynamic attributes of rural Florida are seen in the faces and lives of the subjects and come to life through their images and stories. Emphasizing the traditions of documentary photography as a way of seeing and interpreting cultural life, the exhibit work is through the lens of photographer Eric Dusenbery’s large-format, black-and-white film photography in a style reminiscent of legendary documentary photographers Dorothea Lange, Russell Lee and Walker Evans.
“I’m looking for a different kind of perspective,” Dusenbery said.
As Dusenbery relates, there is no tale is too obscure, no character too unknown. The photographer continues to search for real Florida.
“You can learn a lot about a place through meeting people and having a conversation. Experiencing Florida is meeting a diverse population.”
Seat reservations available for last concert of the regular season
Music at the Museum with the Flagship Romance
This is going to be a great, sold-out show, so get your tickets soon. The show will take place on Thursday, May 18, from 7:00-9:00 p.m at the Museum. Seats are $15/each and include after dinner sweets and beverages.
For more information and tickets, please call 352-341-6428. All proceeds benefit the Citrus County Historical Society and the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum.
Check out the below links for fun, interesting, and educational events and activities!
discovercrystalriverfl.com - And the surrounding communities of Homosassa, Inverness and Floral City
NatureCoaster.com - What's happening now in Citrus, Hernando and Pasco counties
Citrus County Historical Society
The Citrus County Historical Society, Inc. (CCHS, INC.) was originally formed in 1963, and incorporated in 1979. Operating as a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, it accepts tax-deductible donation in the active pursuit to "preserve and further the knowledge of the history and pre-history of Citrus County and nearby areas."
Since 1985, the Citrus County Historical Society has been located in The Old 1912 County Courthouse, located at 1 Courthouse Square, Inverness, Florida. The historic Courthouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.Call (352) 341-6428 to order historic photographs for your home, office or business. Please consider becoming a member and volunteering with one of our many programs, events or councils.