Museum administrator Terry Kline welcomed two visitors to the museum today (4/14). On the left is his grandson Brandon and on the right is his son Terry Jr. All three men grew up here. Terry Jr.’s Marine Corps uniform is on display at the museum. With Brandon wearing a tie, this is a rare photo.
Some students from Marchman Technical College visited the museum today (4/12). Brian Schmit, one of our board members, did a presentation and tour. Mr. Schmit is a retired social studies teacher and the author of Glory Days, a history of New Port Richey. larger photo
Peter Altman was a guest at the board meeting of the historical society tonight (4/11). Mr. Altman, a former accountant, has volunteered to review our financial records. He was elected yesterday to the New Port Richey City Council.
Thad Lowrey was a visitor to the museum today (4/6). He has lived here since the 1960s and is best known as manager and part owner of WGUL radio station. He recalls that three weeks after WGUL signed on the air, President Kennedy was assassinated. The station borrowed classical music from Martha Oelsner to play during the mourning period. Pictured with Mr. Lowrey are Brian Schmit, WPHS board member and author of Glory Days, and WPHS President Bob Langford.
The April 2018 newsletter of the WPHS is being mailed to our members, and is available online (under “Our Newsletters”).
A new book in the museum library is The Saltworks Near Hopeville, published last year, written by William Holcomb of Largo. The salt works was an operation at Salt Springs, behind Gulf View Square Mall, which supplied salt to the confederacy. Not a lot is known about the saltworks, but probably everything that is known is in the book. Hopeville was an early name for Port Richey. The Saltworks Near Hopeville is also available at amazon.com here.