The museum re-opens and we have calendars

Museum Curator Brian Schmit shows the beautiful new West Pasco Historical Society 2020 calendar. This is our first full-color calendar on heavy glossy paper. Each month shows a photo of one our interesting old items at the museum and includes two historic dates during that month. We are giving them to WPHS current members, so if you’re a current member, please stop by the museum on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday by December 1 to get your free calendar. (We’d like to sell the remaining calendars to raise money for the WPHS.) We will mail calendars to non-local members. The museum re-opens tomorrow (Sept. 6) and should remain open on our regular Friday-Saturday-Sunday schedule henceforth, even though the redevelopment project continues through December. When you visit, you’ll see our new giant mural which fills an entire wall and which is made from a photo taken of New Port Richey Main Street in 1927.

Archeological site

On Sept. 4, 2019, Museum Curator Brian Schmit visited with Herb and Paula Elliott at the archeological site where Herb has collected over 4,000 ancient artifacts. The site is located in Hudson.

Thank you, Gulf/Hudson High School Classes of 1974

On Aug. 29 Cheryl Swartsel presented a gift for the historical society to Brian Schmit, our museum curator. Thank you, Gulf and Hudson high school classes of 1974! The classes recently held their 45-year reunion and made this donation to the West Pasco Historical Society. Cheryl was one of the reunion planners.

Guest speaker

We had a standing-room-only turnout for Bob Langford’s presentation about the Hacienda Hotel today (Aug. 10). A distinguished guest was New Port Richey Mayor Rob Marlowe.

Hacienda update on Aug. 10

Everyone is welcome to attend a presentation by Bob Langford on the history and current status of the Hacienda Hotel, including pictures taken inside the building this week. There is no charge for admission. The presentation is at 1 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 10) at the museum in Sims Park. MORE NEWS: Because we are doing renovations to the interior of the building and many of our displays are not available, the museum will be ***CLOSED*** until Sept. 6. The Sunday in the Park event in our front yard WILL take place on 8/ 11.

Thanks to the Pasco County Tax Collector

Thanks to Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano, who has designated the West Pasco Historical Society (New Port Richey) and the Pioneer Florida Museum (Dade City) as the joint charities of the month at the tax collector’s offices during August. Taxpayers during August will see flyers describing the activities of both organizations and have an easy way to check off a contribution if they wish. More information is here.

Museum will be closed Aug. 2-4

The Rao Musunuru M. D. Museum and Library in Sims Park will be ***CLOSED*** this weekend (Aug. 2-4) because of construction.

On Saturday, Aug. 10, Bob Langford, President of the Friends of the Hacienda and Historic New Port Richey, will do a presentation on the history and renovation progress of the Hacienda Hotel at 1 p.m.

Join us for “Sunday in the City” on Aug. 11, from noon to 5. Artists and activities will be in our front yard.

Museum renovation

Volunteers worked at the museum this morning (7/27), as we are making major improvements to the building and our displays over the next several months. Thanks so much to all of our great volunteers! Pictured are: Rick Mascia, Lou Galambos, Steve Meyers, Rady Goucher, Bob Potter, Tracy Potter, Kirk Williams, Jerry Hodges, and Museum Curator Brian Schmit. Not pictured: Al Couture, who was not present when the picture was taken. The museum is open this weekend, 1-4 both Saturday and Sunday, but there is no admission charge as not all displays are currently available.