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On Saturday, November 22, 2014, at 1 p.m. the West Pasco Historical Society will sponsor its second film in the Florida Film Series: The Creature from the Black Lagoon. It will be shown at the New Port Richey Library on Main Street, New Port Richey. Parts of the movie were filmed at Palatka and Wakulla Springs, where the clarity and depth of the water allowed this reptilian monster to be shown in all its horror! There is no charge, of course. The first film of the West Pasco Historical Society Film Series was "The Yearling," starring Gregory Peck and Jane Wyman, based on the best-selling novel by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings who insisted on it being filmed on location in "The Big Scrub" just off Route 301 near Gainesville. Spencer Tracy was to have the male lead role, but mosquitoes caused him to suddenly leave in a taxi, and the first attempt to make the film collapsed with over a half-million dollars squandered. We hope you will attend this film, and the others in our series, ranging from comedies, to melodramas to heart-stopping mysteries. Take care, Dan Callaghan, Vice-President, WPHS.

Please see our Facebook page for the some pictures from the Veteran’s March held Nov. 8.

Monday, Oct. 27, marked the 90th anniversary of the incorporation of the town of New Port Richey. The newspaper front page reporting on the incorporation is here. One of the 90th birthday events was our Friendly Kia trolley tour of some historic sites in New Port Richey. Some pictures we took from inside the Hacienda Hotel are on our Facebook page.

On Oct. 4 our cemetery tour visited three local historical cemeteries. In video clips, historian Jeff Cannon talks about the history of West Elfers Cemetery and East Elfers Cemetery and the Hudson Cemetery.

The museum is now open on Fridays from 1 to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Our guest speaker on Sept. 13 was State Rep. Amanda Murphy and another guest was New Port Richey Mayor Rob Marlowe. Some pictures are on this page.

On August 2 Walt Casson donated a window from the old Methodist Church to the church. A photo is here.

Our July 2014 newsletter, mailed to members, is 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 - Our July 2014 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 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