Pasco history presentation

Brian Schmit, Jeff Miller, and Bob Langford of the West Pasco Historical Society will do a slide show presentation on the history of Pasco County Thursday (9/19) at 6:30 p.m. at the CARES of Hudson Activity Center at 12417 Clock Tower Parkway in Hudson. There is no charge for admission. The event should last about an hour. Come on out. We’d love to see you!

Museum visitors

Left to right: WPHS board members Bob Langford and Ann James, and visitors to the museum on Sept. 14, 2019, representing the American Gold Star Mothers, Inc., Gulf Coast Chapter: Ernestine Nuñez, Yolanda Mercado (president), Tom Oakley (associate member), and Jim Beck. Also pictured is our mannequin dressed in a Gold Star outfit. A larger version of this photo is here.

Guest speaker

Yolanda Mercado, president of the Gulf Coast chapter of Gold Star Mothers, will be our guest speaker at the museum on Saturday (Sept. 14) at 1 p.m. The museum will be open this weekend (Sept. 13-15) from 1 to 4 p.m.

The museum re-opens and we have calendars

Museum Curator Brian Schmit shows the beautiful new West Pasco Historical Society 2020 calendar. This is our first full-color calendar on heavy glossy paper. Each month shows a photo of one our interesting old items at the museum and includes two historic dates during that month. We are giving them to WPHS current members, so if you’re a current member, please stop by the museum on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday by December 1 to get your free calendar. (We’d like to sell the remaining calendars to raise money for the WPHS.) We will mail calendars to non-local members. The museum re-opens tomorrow (Sept. 6) and should remain open on our regular Friday-Saturday-Sunday schedule henceforth, even though the redevelopment project continues through December. When you visit, you’ll see our new giant mural which fills an entire wall and which is made from a photo taken of New Port Richey Main Street in 1927.

Archeological site

On Sept. 4, 2019, Museum Curator Brian Schmit visited with Herb and Paula Elliott at the archeological site where Herb has collected over 4,000 ancient artifacts. The site is located in Hudson.

Thank you, Gulf/Hudson High School Classes of 1974

On Aug. 29 Cheryl Swartsel presented a gift for the historical society to Brian Schmit, our museum curator. Thank you, Gulf and Hudson high school classes of 1974! The classes recently held their 45-year reunion and made this donation to the West Pasco Historical Society. Cheryl was one of the reunion planners.

Guest speaker

We had a standing-room-only turnout for Bob Langford’s presentation about the Hacienda Hotel today (Aug. 10). A distinguished guest was New Port Richey Mayor Rob Marlowe.

Hacienda update on Aug. 10

Everyone is welcome to attend a presentation by Bob Langford on the history and current status of the Hacienda Hotel, including pictures taken inside the building this week. There is no charge for admission. The presentation is at 1 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 10) at the museum in Sims Park. MORE NEWS: Because we are doing renovations to the interior of the building and many of our displays are not available, the museum will be ***CLOSED*** until Sept. 6. The Sunday in the Park event in our front yard WILL take place on 8/ 11.