The guest speaker at the museum on Feb. 28, 2015, was Doug Brainard, who has built a Centralia Garden Railroad at his home in Spring Hill, based on the ghost town of Centralia in Hernando County. Centralia, like Fivay in Pasco County, had a large lumber mill in the early 20th century. His web site describes the railroad and has some history of the town of Centralia.
Clark and Beth Carnegie were visitors to the museum on Feb. 21, 2015. They are Canadians but have spent much time in Florida. Clark went to school at Pierce Elementary School and Gulf Junior High School in the late 1930s. His older brother Clifford played on Gulf High School’s great 1941-42 football team which went 9-1.
The guest speaker for the West Pasco Historical Society on Feb. 8, 2014, was Maxine Walker Giddings, who spoke about the civil rights struggle, especially as it involved students at the historically black Fisk University in Nashville, which she attended. She participated in some of the earliest counter sit-ins, along with the young and future Congressman John Lewis. Maxine’s family has a long history of being actively involved, including her physician father and mother. She was briefly jailed twice for protests she participated in. Her brother was one of the famous Freedom Riders. Maxine is a member of the African-American Club of West Pasco.
Members of the Gulf High School History Honor Society volunteer at the museum on Saturdays, and we’d like to thank Kassidy Lee and Lilly Penick who helped us with our project to scan or photograph the old New Port Richey Press newspapers. They are holding one year of the weekly newspaper, and on Feb. 7, 2015, they photographed every page of every newspaper from 1927 – about 400 pages.