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Ken Weightman, the greeter at the museum on Aug. 25, 2018, and Paul Nessler, a museum visitor. Ken and Paul were roommates at USF around 1981-82. Both are Gulf High School graduates. Paul is a son of Sandra Werner, whose mother was Frances Clark Mallett. That makes grandson Paul Jacob Nessler, who is also in the picture, and 11th generation Floridian.

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Steve Mattix was a visitor to the museum on Aug. 24, 2018. He is the historian of the Hudson Volunteer Fire Department and he loaned us some old pictures and documents to scan. Here he is holding the first trophy won by the Hudson VFD, in 1964.

Our program for Sept. 29

Our next presentation which will be in the beautiful Peace Hall, next to the museum in Sims Park. Jeff Miller will show high-resolution old maps of Pasco County and nearby areas and discuss the origins of the names of the various towns. We hope you can attend. There is no charge for admission.

Remaining newspapers to be digitized

Jim Daniels and Jeriah Sykes of Microimaging Source were at the museum on June 20, boxing up old issues of the New Port Richey Press for digitization. Earlier this year, the historical society arranged to have the company digitize our oldest newspapers, the ones on microfilm, from 1918 to 1947. The New Port Richey Public Library has decided to fund the digitization of the remaining newspapers, which are at the museum (1948-1955) and the city library (1956-1979). The New Port Richey Public Library will make available on the Internet the entire run of the newspaper from 1918 to 1979.

NPR Volunteer Fire Department log book

Here’s a rather obscure item, but perhaps some will be interested. It is the New Port Richey Volunteer Fire Department log of fire calls from 1927 to 1949. Thanks to Adam Darling and Scott Burford for making this book available to us. A few pages seem to be missing. Each entry goes across the left and right pages, which are photographed separately, in order. You can download a page by clicking on the down arrow in the lower right corner and you can download all of the pictures into a ZIP file by clicking on the down arrow at the top of the opening page. The link is here.

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Stephen Perenich was a visitor to the museum on June 9, 2018. He is a candidate for the Democratic nomination for U. S. representative from District 12, a position currently held by Gus Bilirakis. Mr. Perenich grew up in Tarpon Springs. (Note: any other candidates for this office who visit the museum will also receive a mention on our Facebook page and web site!)

WPHS meeting, June 9

Our own Terry Kline, who is the museum administrator, was the speaker at a meeting of the West Pasco Historical Society today (6/9). He gave a most interesting presentation on the topic “The True Story of the Florida Native Americans and Chasco.”

Photo above: New Port Richey Mayor Rob Marlowe swore in the new board members and officers of the West Pasco Historical Society at the meeting on June 9. Photo by Kayla Kuni.

Photo above: Jeff Miller was named an Honorary Member of the West Pasco Historical Society at the meeting today. Pictured with him are David Prace, past president of the WPHS and Bob Langford, current president. Jeff (on the right) is the digital archivist and librarian for the historical society and maintains the web site and Facebook page of the WPHS, along with a web site about Pasco County history at Previous Honorary Members named during the historical society’s history are Julie Obenreder, Norma Nelson, Sheila and Alan Parry, Dorothy Acey, Jessie C. Hyde, Harry Hall, Sam Eaton, Edie Hempel, Frances Mallett, George Brandli, Audrey O’Neil, Elsie Coy, Terry Kline, David Prace, Dannee Brooks, and Midge London-Prace. Photo by Ann Rusaw James.