Our Open House is Saturday

This coming Saturday (Feb. 8) is a great day to visit the museum as we will be having an Open House to show off all of the new displays. There will be no charge for admission that day, and our hours will be extended to 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. We will also have a giant tent sale featuring museum overstock items. And of course you can get your picture taken with Johnny Cash.

Museum visitors

Mike and Melissa Nurrenbrock were visitors to the museum on Feb. 1, 2020. They are standing next to our model of Stilt House #7 (built by Corby Wetzel of New Port Richey). They and the Misemer family own the actual Stilt House #7 in the Gulf. A newspaper article says owner Sam Allgood built his first stilt house in 1949, but Melissa traces the house even earlier, to John H. Isaac, who came to New Port Richey in 1931 and founded Pasco Hardware.

Museum visitors

Gene and Linda Little were visitors to the museum on Jan. 24, 2020. Both graduated from Gulf High School in 1959. Gene’s father was Des Little, for whom Little Road and the Gulf High School football stadium were named. Linda’s father was James E. Grey, a quarterback for the first Gulf High School football team (1930-31), a former Mayor of New Port Richey, and the first male baby born in New Port Richey.

Museum visitor

Mark Deeb was a visitor to the museum on Jan. 22, 2020. He is associated with Deeb Inc., a construction company. Mark was a New Port Richey city police officer in 1975-77 and was with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office in 1980-85. He is pictured with Bob Langford, President of the West Pasco Historical Society.

Free historical society presentation at PHSC

The West Pasco Historical Society Rao Musunuru, M.D. Museum & Library presents The History of Pasco County, Florida: Pioneers, Railroads, Celebrities, Ranchers, Landmarks, and Folktales. This event will be held at Pasco-Hernando State College’s West Campus in New Port Richey, 10230 Ridge Road, in the Performing Arts Center on Saturday, February 1, 2020—Pasco’s Dr. Rao Musunuru Day, at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m.

This event is sponsored by Pasco-Hernando State College and the Musunuru Family. This presentation will be made by the volunteers of the West Pasco Historical Society: Brian Schmit, Jeff Miller, and Bob Langford (pictured).

Admission is free and open to the public. First come, first serve. We hope to see you there!

Geisha doll

This geisha doll is on display at the museum, as it is one of several items we recently obtained that were at one time in the New Port Richey home of movie star Thomas Meighan. Thanks to Laurie Baker for providing it. The items from Meighan’s home now on display at the museum ultimately came from James Lynn Shelton, who was Meighan’s chauffeur in 1930 when he married Margaret Faye Baker. It is not known how Shelton obtained the items from Meighan; perhaps they were given to him in lieu of salary at times.

Museum visitors

These Gulf High School alumni attended a book signing at the museum of the West Pasco Historical Society on Dec. 19, 2019: Julia Edster Sumner, Sandra Safranek Uzzle, Joan Cummings Koehn, Larry Piper, Phil Chesnut, June Pearson, Beva Stevenson Karay. larger photo

Book signing

Bob Langford, President of the West Pasco Historical Society, is pictured with John M. Williams and Andy Lee White, authors of Atlanta Pop in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Bob was a crucial element of the explosive Atlanta pop music in the 60s and 70s, and is prominently featured in their book. A book signing was held at the museum on Dec. 19, 2019. Bob and an associate “found” Lynyrd Skynyrd in an Atlanta night club and took them into the studio to record their first album, which included their most famous song, Freebird. Bob also recorded most of Joe South’s biggest hits.

Museum visitors

Karen Horst and daughter Mary Washburn were visitors to the museum on Dec. 16, 2019. They donated the Gulf High School 1953 and 1957 yearbooks, a Buccaneer alumni shirt, and some old photos that belonged to the late Shirley (Frederick) Parker, the Gulf High School valedictorian in 1957.