An Evening With Jan Stephenson

The West Pasco Historical Society has a special event scheduled for Friday, May 10, at Peace Hall in Sims Park — An Evening with Jan Stephenson. Hall of Fame golfer Jan Stephenson will tell stories of her amazing career. As one of the most iconic figures in American sports, Jan has fascinating experiences from the golf course as well as her time on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and her experiences with George Bush and Donald Trump. She will also treat participants to a complimentary wine tasting from her own winery. By attending this event, you’ll also be supporting the West Pasco Historical Society. The price is $30 per person. Doors will open at 6:30 at Peace Hall. Please note that tickets may be available at the door but to ensure that you get tickets, we suggest that you order them in advance through the West Pasco Historical Society Online Store (link below). Please print your receipt from the online store, but we will have at the door a list of those who purchased tickets online.

WPHS Online Store

You can also get more information by phone and reserve tickets by phone. Please call Annie at 727-777-2217 or email treasurer.wphs@gmail.com.

Museum volunteer

We’d like to congratulate one of our greeters at the museum for winning an award from the national Daughters of the American Revolution. She is Lillian Kreps, who at age 96 is our oldest volunteer.

Museum speaker

Antonia Mernik was the speaker at the museum on April 13, 2019. Her subject was the History of Fans, about which we are convinced she knows more than just about anyone.

Museum visitors

Curtis and Carol Malone were visitors to the museum on April 13, 2019. Curtis grew up in Tarpon Springs. Carol (Neszery) Malone is a 1956 graduate of Gulf High School. Her mother, Antoinette (DeCubellis) Neszery (1916-2000) came here as an infant with her parents Peter and Frances DeCubellis.

Guest speaker

Yolanda Mercado, president of the Tampa Bay Gold Star Mothers, will speak at the museum in Sims Park on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at 1 p.m. The Gold Star Mothers organization was named for the gold star which families displayed in a window to honor their deceased service members. Her son Jalfred Vaquerano was killed in Afghanistan on December 13, 2011. Yolanda now spends her time telling others about Jalfred and our armed forces fighting overseas. The West Pasco Historical Society presents a guest speaker once per month. There is no charge for admission to the museum on those dates.

Museum visitors

Reynald Feldt and his son Bob were visitors to the museum on March 30, 2019, and it was a great day for us, as Rey donated to the museum an HO-scale model of the New Port Richey railroad station as it existed in 1926. The Tampa and Gulf Coast Railroad served the city. Rey used old photos of the station to make an historically accurate model. Rey and his son both live in Clearwater. However, Rey lived in New Port Richey when he was a small child and attended Pierce Grammar School during much of grades 1 through 5. His grandfather was Emil Nyman, who came to Port Richey in 1912 and became a leading businessman in New Port Richey in the 1920s.

Museum guest speaker

The guest speaker at the Rao Musunuru MD Museum and Library in Sims Park on Sat., Apr. 13, at 1 p.m. will be Antonia Riggs Miernik, who will share her collection of fans and give interesting information about their history. Fans have been used by both men and women from the beginning of recorded history. The ancient Asians used fans to not only keep cool, but also to show their wealth and importance. Years ago young women were not free to speak to young men. The language of the fan was used to help them express themselves.

The West Pasco Historical Society presents a guest speaker once per month in the museum.

Museum visitor

Mary Wilson was a visitor at the museum on March 28, 2019. She is pictured with some of the genealogical items she donated to the museum, mostly names and dates from cemetery walk-throughs and marriage records. In 1994, Mary, a board member of the West Pasco Genealogical Society, and George Warren, president of the organization, spent five months recording the names and dates engraved on tombstones in every cemetery in Pasco County. Mary is originally from Tippecanoe County, Indiana. She came here in 1972.

Museum visitors

Charles and Frances Kluxen were visitors to the museum on March 17, 2019. Charles did not grow up here, but Frances did, and in fact her great great grandfather was Charles William Malachi Lang, who is said to have started the fishing industry in Hudson in 1874. In fact, the area was called the Lang settlement then, as he arrived before the Hudson family. Frances is a daughter of Ann (Lang) Charron, who was a daughter of Alfred Leon Lang, son of George A. Lang, son of Charles William Malachi Lang.