Lillian Kreps was the greeter at the museum today (4/8). She is the oldest volunteer at the museum currently, still looking great at age 94. She has taken many pictures over the years for the historical society, some of which are on this page of our web site..
Fox 13 has a story on Clarice Emley at age 106. She taught at Pierce and Gulf junior high schools and Gulf High School in the late 1950s and 1960s, where she was known as Miss Clarice Helen Thompson. The video report is here.
Pictures from the 2017 Chasco Fiesta Boat Parade are on the WPHS Facebook page and at Flickr here.
Ann James, one of our board members, checks out the Holiday area in an old West Pasco street map donated to the museum today. Here is a fun fact: Ann Street in Holiday is named for her! And these other streets in Holiday are named for family members (unless the street names have changed): Lynda, for Lynda Rusaw, now Lynda Ghaedi, niece; Tammy, for Tammy Rusaw, niece; Victoria, for Victoria Bislick, niece; Dawn, for Dawn Rusaw, great niece; Penny, for Penny Bislick, niece; Holly, for Holly Rusaw, niece; and Pamela, for Pamela Bislick. Ann also believes streets were named for her sisters Leota, Margarette, Eva, Nancy, Shirley, and Mary. These neighborhoods were built by Rusaw Builders, owned by Ann’s brothers Bill and Ernie. Another Holiday street was named Janice, for Janice James, a secretary in the company office.
We’ve uploaded pictures from the Gulf High School multi-year reunion held on March 25 to Flickr here and pictures from the Chasco street parade held the same day to Flickr here. The pictures are also on our WPHS Facebook page.
WPHS member Brian Schmit has written a new book on the history of New Port Richey. It will be published in the fall. Mr. Schmit is a high school history teacher. This photo was taken at the Hacienda tours on March 11, 2017.
Not sure whether this was a fundraiser for the museum or for Kaeden, but the gentleman in the picture was charging museum visitors $1 to pet his dog, Jack, today (3/11).
The Friends of the Hacienda and Historic New Port Richey conducted tours of the Hacienda today (3/11). Here New Port Richey Mayor Rob Marlowe speaks to one of the tour groups.
Museum personnel Aidan Woodham and Terry Kline examine a collection of native central American artifacts today (2/25). The items were donated to the historical society by Kay Wedder some years ago.
In March 1939 a gasoline tanker truck was too much for the Boulevard bridge near what is now Schwettman Education Center. Just about everybody in town came to view the incident.
We have several photos of this, but this is a view we have not seen before, a photo donated to us by Basil Gaines.