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Historic Hernando School Happenings

February 29,(Sat) and March 1, (Sun), 2020 - 9 am to 2 pm - A Craft Fair will take place on the grounds of the Historic Hernando School, 2415 N. Florida Ave, 34442. All proceeds from this event will benefit and help to complete the interior restoration of the historic school. Vendors are still being accepted, register is $20 per vendor and you will need to bring your own table. For more information call, Cathy Johnson at 352.697-0193, or Pamela Noel at 352.249.6970.

The Music at the Museum Line Up for 2020!

February 20, 2020: Greta Pope and the Spaniels: Motown…Pride of the Motor City” Greta Pope is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed entertainer. She has delighted audiences throughout the world, performing styles from Jazz to Opera to Broadway with ease and flair. The Museum is proud to welcome her and the Spaniels to perform all your Motown favorites, including The Supremes, The Temptations, Ike and Tina Turner, Martha and the Vandellas and more.

March 19, 2020: Joe Donato Jazz Band A true saxophone and woodwind legend, Joe Donato and his band’s unique performance style and improvisational techniques reflect a wide variety of musical influences.

April 16, 2020: Craig Singleton and the Big City Band Craig Singleton is an award-winning professional musician, vocalist, and entertainer. At the Museum, he will transport us back to the Golden Age of American music, performing songs from the Great American Song book with his Big City Band. For more information, please call 352-341-6428 or e-mail

Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow and Centennial Faces January through March 2020

Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow explores the struggle for full citizenship and racial equality that unfolded in the 50 years after the Civil War. When slavery ended in 1865, a period of Reconstruction began, leading to such achievements as the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the Constitution. By 1868, all persons born in the United States were citizens and equal under the law. However, efforts to create an interracial democracy were contested from the start. A harsh backlash ensued, ushering in a half century of the “separate but equal” age of Jim Crow.

This exhibition has been organized by the New-York Historical Society.

Centennial Faces, a selection from Florida State Archives Alvan S. Harper Photographic Collection, gives us a fresh perspective on the lives of African-American citizens in Tallahassee at the turn of the century. The forty-nine photographs presented in this exhibit are only a fraction of the two thousand glass-plate negatives in collection.

“Trout Fishing in America” 
to Perform a Free Children’s Show at the Historic Hernando School 

The Citrus County Historical Society and the Hernando Heritage Council are proud to announce a fantastic, free children’s program to be held at the Historic Hernando School, 2415 N. Florida Avenue, Hernando, Florida, 34442 on Saturday, February 15, at 2 p.m.

Trout Fishing in America is a group comprised of musicians Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet. Their true talent is in how they connect with audiences of all ages. Keith and Ezra take it as a point of pride that their performances can appeal to everyone, and they often have three or four generations of a family come together to attend a show. Blending the sounds of rock and roll, blues, folk, country, bluegrass, and even a little funk and reggae, this duo knows how to give the audience a good time!

Their children’s program is geared towards ages 4-12, but can truly be enjoyed by all. They stimulate imaginations, improve language skills, and build self-esteem through audience participation, but most importantly, they are just plain fun!

Partnerships and sponsorships are always available. If you, your business, or organization are interested, please contact the Historical Society at 352-341-6428.

African American Read-In Returns on Sunday, February 23, 2020

The celebration of literature by African-American authors continues in 2020 with Citrus County’s thirteenth observance of the National African American Read-In to be held on Sunday, February 23 from 2:30 – 4:30 pm at the Learning and Conference Center on the College of Central Florida’s Citrus Campus. Many members of the community have volunteered to be readers at this increasingly popular event. School principals and students, local elected officials and private citizens, actors and a community choir, will all gather together to emphasize the importance of reading and literacy to all of us. Ranging from speeches to spirituals, picture books to poetry to prayer, short selections will be read aloud allowing listeners to enter the fascinating world of ideas and images conveyed through the written word. Come together with friends and neighbors for the 13th Annual African American Read-In and celebrate history and literature.Listen as moving, inspirational, and humorous selections from a wide range of African American literature are read aloud. Enjoy musical entertainment and refreshments.

The idea for an African American Read-In was introduced by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English. Local sponsors for our event include the Educational Partners in Citrus County with representatives from the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum, the College of Central Florida’s Institute for Community Advancement, Citrus County Schools and the Citrus County Library System. Financial support has been provided from the Citrus County Chronicle, Publix, the Citrus County Historical Society, Inc., the Afro-American Club of Citrus County, and other local and national businesses.

The program is free and open to the general public. The College of Central Florida is located at 3800 S. Lecanto Highway (County Road 491). Parents and grandparents are especially encouraged to bring their upper elementary through high school aged children along with them. Refreshments will be provided during an informal social time following the event. For more information, please phone the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum, at 352-341-6428 or go to

2020 Coffee and Conversations Speakers Series Sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council and the Citrus County Historical Society, Inc.


March 5, 2020: David Schmidt: The Legacy of Franklin Roosevelt’s WPA in Florida

The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was on one of FDR’s most wide-ranging, yet controversial programs. Floridians enjoy the buildings and constructions created by the WPA. This program views the WPA and focuses on the still existing projects. *Please note this program will be held at the Historic Hernando School at 2415 N. Florida Avenue, Hernando, Florida. This building is a WPA project designed by notable architect Henry L. Taylor and built in 1941-42, currently undergoing restoration.

May 7, 2020: Dr. Peggy Macdonald: Florida’s Female Pioneers

Examining some of the women who have shaped Florida, including Dr. Esther Hill Hawks, a physician who ran the first racially integrated free school in Florida and even Citrus County’s own May Mann Jennings, a suffragist and conservationist who helped establish Royal Palm State Park, which formed the nucleus of Everglades National Park.

All programs to be held at The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum unless otherwise noted. Programs begin at 7:00 p.m. All programs and free and open to the public but advance registration is recommended so enough food can be provided. For questions or to secure your seat please call 352-341-6428, or go online to

For more information, please call 352-341-6428 or e-mail As always, please stop by the Old Courthouse Museum at One Courthouse Square in downtown Inverness for a tour!

Check out the below links for fun, interesting, and educational events and activities! - And the surrounding communities of Homosassa, Inverness and Floral City - 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." A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free within the state to 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352). Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state.

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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