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NEWS: A set of photos from Anclote Elementary School contributed by Donna True is here.

On April 5, Paul and Laurel donated to the museum a painting of the home of Isaac and Amanda Hudson, for whom Hudson is named. A picture and more information are here and here.

Pictures from the 2014 Chasco Fiesta boat parade are on our Facebook page and in this set on Flickr.

With the assistance of a $500 grant from the Florida Humanities Council, the WPHS will celebrate (slightly late) the 500th Anniversary of the settling of Florida by Europeans with a presentation on April 19, 2014, at 1 p.m. at the Rao Musunuru M.D. Museum at 6431 Circle Blvd., New Port Richey, FL 34655. Our speaker is distinguished professor Michael Francis, who will speak on "Spanish Florida: Its Europeans, Africans and Indians."

This presentation explores the early history of European settlement efforts in Florida. Learn about the remarkably rich, yet much neglected history of colonization in the US southeast in the 16th Century, a process that began almost a century before Jamestown. This presentation will give the audience an excellent background to understand our rich Spanish history as we approach Florida's 2013 quincentennial celebration of Juan Ponce De Leon's landing in 1513.

Dr. Michael Francis received his PhD in History in 1998 from the University of Cambridge. Between 1997 and 2012, Dr. Francis taught at the University of North Florida, where he also served briefly as Chair of the Department of History. He has taught and written extensively on colonial Florida and Latin America. In 2011, US Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, appointed Dr. Francis to serve on the St. Augustine 450th Commemoration Commission.

This presentation is without charge, and will be of special interest to local historians, teachers of Social Studies and History, students of Florida history, and members of historical societies. Due to the limited numbers of seats, those planning on attending should reserve the seats needed by calling Vice-President Dan Callaghan at (727) 372-1742.

Pictures of all nine stilt houses in the Gulf taken by Tanner Abbott on March 8 have been added to this set.

The guest speaker at the museum on Feb. 8 was Maxine Walker Giddings, who talked about participating in the civil rights movement as a student at historically black Fisk University in Nashville. A picture and more information are here.

The 1958 New Port Richey telephone book is on the West Pasco Historical Society Facebook page and at Flickr in this set. This book was donated to the WPHS by Walt Casson.

Dr. Susan MacManus was the guest speaker at the museum on Sept. 28. She spoke about the history of the Land O' Lakes area. You can watch a video of her entire presentation here.

ABOUT US: About Us - News and Views of the Museum - The Beginning of the Museum - Membership Application - Our March 2011 Newsletter - Our Jan 2012 Newsletter - Our Sept 2012 Newsletter

ARTICLES: Historical Timeline - Index of Names - Pine Hill (Obenreder) - Pine Hill (Burch) - Pine Hill Cemetery - New Port Richey Press - Recollections of Chester Wilcox - The Baker House - The Gazebo in Sims Park - Obituary Database - Obituary Images - Photos Then and Now - Queen of Peace Hall Dedication - Deciucies Photographs - Hudson Veterans Memorial (1981) - Old Timers’ Picnic (1978) - Moving the Catholic Church (2001) - Port Richey Historic Preservation Sunday (2006) - Veteran's Day (2006) - Martin Luther King Day (2007) - James E. Grey Preserve - First Mural - Second Mural - Third Mural - Fourth Mural - Fifth Mural - Bush Plaque in Sims Park - Photos by Lillian Kreps (1980s) - Eight Photos From 1924 - Other Resources

HISTORIC PASCO PHOTOSPHOTOS OF THE WPHSVIDEO CLIPS – See also more local history at fivay.org.

The West Pasco Historical Society web site is hosted by GulfCoast Networking, New Port Richey, Florida