Fish camp replica

Corby Wetzel of New Port Richey working on a replica of one of the twelve stilt houses off the shores of Pasco County. Corby’s woodworking craftsmanship and attention to detail help to create what will surely be a fantastic display at our museum! It will be in the Port Richey exhibit, which is the last phase of our exhibit redesign project. Mr. Wetzel also builds bird feeders, and he will have bird feeders available for purchase in our new gift shop. 2019 photo.

Guest speaker: Brian Corley

Our guest speaker this Saturday (Nov. 16) will be Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley. He will be talking about many aspects of the elections process in Peace Hall, the building next to the museum in Sims Park, at 1 p.m. It’s a great chance to meet this important public official of Pasco County, and there will be no charge for admission.

Free admission Sunday

There will be free admission to the museum on Sunday (Oct. 6). For the first 40 visitors that day, the usual $3 admission fee will be waived and paid for Center State Bank, as part of their Random Acts of Kindness program, to support the West Pasco Historical Society. So we hope to see you on Sunday, if not sooner!

Museum visitor

New Port Richey Fire Chief Christopher Fitch was a visitor to the museum on Sept. 27, 2019. He talked to our curator, Brian Schmit (right), about donating some old fire department items to the museum.

Thanks for the donation

Pasco Tax Collector Mike Fasano and staff presented a check to Bob Langford of the West Pasco Historical Society on Sept. 26. A check for the same amount was donated to the Pioneer Florida Museum in Dade City. The two museums were Charities of the Month in August at the Pasco County Tax Collector’s offices. Thanks to Mr. Fasano and the taxpayers who checked off a donation for us and the museum in Dade City.

Museum visitors

Two distinguished visitors to the museum on Sept. 20, 2019, were Laura Quimby and her mother Brooke Morrison. Brooke, who was born at the Drew Field hospital in Tampa in 1944, is the daughter of Mary Jane Casey, who is considered the first baby born in New Port Richey, in the summer of 1915. Mary was the daughter of William Casey (1892-1946), who operated a barber shop in New Port Richey and later Casey’s Corner at Bayonet Point.

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.