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Citrus County Historical Society

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Music at the Museum Concert Series: Finishes Season with one more shows!

To close out the season on May 18 is the duo Flagship Romance, comprised of married singer-songwriters Shawn Fisher and Jordyn Jackson performing their unique Harmonic Alternative Folk. Their passionate vocal blends and incredible chemistry have inspired crowds at events and venues as varied as the Mumford and Sons Gentlemen of the Road Florida stopovers, the Florida and Gamble Rogers folk festivals, and the legendary listening room The Bitter End in New York City. Fisher and Jackson have a passion for the environment as well: they founded and organized the Clean Water Music Fest in Ponte Vedra in 2012. The festivals have raised over $125,000 to date for charity: water, which gives 100% of every public donation to water projects worldwide. Reservations are $15/person for the acoustical concert, and include after dinner sweets and beverages. Reservations can be made by calling 352-341-6428, or by stopping in at the Old Courthouse Museum in Inverness. All proceeds go to the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum to fund exhibits, programs and the preservation historical artifacts, archives, buildings, and scholarships.

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.”


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. 

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