Museum visitors

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Victor Mallett, Frances Mallett, Benjamin Mallett, and his baby daughter Lucy visited the museum on April 23. They represent four generations. All are descendants of both James W. Clark, who came here in the 1870s, and Henry Robert Nicks, who settled here in 1904.

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Tina Shelton, the 2016 Queen Chasco, was a visitor to the museum recently. She was given a tour by David Prace. Here she is standing in front of our Chasco Fiesta display. Photo by Bob Langford.

You can see a list of all past Chasco queens and kings here.

Maxine Clayton, WPHS charter member

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Maxine Clayton, a life member and charter member of the West Pasco Historical Society, died on April 24. She was 92 years old. She was a great supporter of many projects at our museum. Her husband Collie funded the printing of our 1975 hardcover history West Pasco’s Heritage.

Maxine Clayton was a Pasco County 4-H Foundation member and was named to the Florida 4-H Hall of Fame. Each year she showed her support by purchasing at least one project animal raised by a 4-H member.

Collie Clayton, a former president of the Pasco County Fair Association, died in 1991. The Pasco County Agriculture Auditorium was renamed Clayton Hall in his honor.

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Terry (Armstrong) Stanley was a visitor to the museum today. With her is museum administrator Terry Kline. They’ve known each other since Gulf High School in the 1960s. She was born here, and Terry Kline moved to New Port Richey during elementary school.

Port Richey bridge

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A small painting at the museum showing the Port Richey bridge. According to the writing on the back, it was done in 1915 by H. E. and Mrs. Northrup. Other sources say Harry E. Northrup came to Port Richey in 1915.

The photo below is a post card view of the same bridge, some years later.

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Thanks to our curator!

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Today’s WPHS Board meeting was the last for Brittni Bradford, the museum’s Curator. She has held the position for a year and has done a wonderful job improving the displays in the museum. The Board thanked her for her contributions to the historical society. In September she will be moving to England to pursue an M. A. degree in Museum and Artefact Studies. (That’s the way they spell artifact!) She will hopefully be working at two university museums there while studying. If you wish to help support her as she leaves for her studies, you can give on GoFundMe: link

Then and now

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Two photos taken from the same spot about 50 years apart. The top photo is a post card, perhaps from the 1960s, showing the old Gulf High School on Louisiana Avenue. The bottom photo, taken on April 13, 2016, shows the same scene, but the building is now Gulf Middle School. This building opened in 1961 and the two schools traded buildings in 1977.