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Exhibitions

 

 Pre- History Gallery

The Brannen Family Gallery of Pre-History houses an exhibition titled, Changing People, Changing Springs - Chassahowitzka Discovered

Chassahowiztka Springs has been described as a time capsule of Florida history. Beginning with the Paleoindians, who arrived here some 10,000 years ago, to more recent tourists who arrived by steamship and train, people have left tantalizing clues about their sojourns at the Springs. Divers, with assistance from archeologists, have recovered everything from ancient wooden paddles, to Spanish pottery shards, to kerosene lamps and old Coke bottles. These artifacts and many more, will soon be on display at the Museum.

The springs, with their fresh water and abundant fish and game, have always been natural gathering places for people. The hundreds of artifacts recovered from their depths make up one of the largest collections to be displayed in Citrus County. Some of the really significant finds are a 10,000 year old Suwannee projectile point from the Paleoindian period, two wood paddles/oars (about 2,500 years old), a wood cypress fin effigy, an intact Pasco Plain bowl (AD 100–1500), a Spanish majolica plate (1600s), and Chattachoochee brushed pottery pieces (1700s).

Some of the artifacts from more recent times include soda and pharmacy bottles that are 150 years old! Amazingly, divers even brought up a very rare Ford battery sign from the 1930s. CNN reporter Tom Watkins described it this way: “The Springs cleanup yielded a cornucopia of history.”

The exhibit includes artifacts (rare and one of a kind), maps, photos, interpretive panels, and interactive areas, including a net-making table for children and a “Test Yourself” quiz game for all ages.

Local History Gallery

Local History- A second permanent gallery the Mary MacRae Gallery of History houses an exhibition titled, A Long Way Home, which interprets the history of Citrus County from about 1887, at the forming of the county until present. Displayed in this gallery are interpretative panels on the county’s many early industries. Discover the role that Citrus Countians have played in the many wars over the years that have affected Florida and our area. On display is one of the original clock faces from the clocktower, where women volunteered as spotters to look for enemy planes during WWII. These volunteers signed their names on the back of the clock face. Originally, this was part of the area that housed the Citrus County Property Appraiser and Tax Collector offices.

John Murray Davis Rotating Gallery

An Exhibit titled, "The Lure of Florida Fishing” will be on display at the museum through October 30, 2017. 

The Lure of Florida Fishing: a new traveling exhibition opening at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum in Inverness
Beginning on Friday, August 4, in the John Murray Davis rotating exhibit gallery area will be an exhibition called The Lure of Florida Fishing,  from the Florida Museum of History in Tallahassee. Fishing is one of the largest participant sports in the world, and with over 600 species in Florida there are many chances for locals and visitors alike to pursue this popular pastime. This exhibition chronicles the rise of recreational fishing from the late 19th century through the Golden Age of angling in the 1950s. This amazing story of fishing in Florida is interpreted by the use of historic photographs, artifacts, and four framed reproduced fish replicas including tarpon, bass, sailfish, and dolphin fish.  The Museum is opened Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., it is free and open to the public, with donations always accepted and appreciated.
 

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