Museum Visitors

Herb Whalley (GHS ’65) and Eleni (John) Ziebarth (GHS ’64) were visitors to the museum on April 28, 2019. With them on the right is Ann (Rusaw) James (GHS ’63), who is a board member of the historical society.

Museum Visitor

Boris Milic was a visitor to the museum on April 20, 2019. He is holding the original menu for Lola’s Italian-American Restaurant in Port Richey, which his family owned. He donated to the museum some menus and other memorabilia from the restaurant, and we will post a few pictures of them soon. The restaurant was operated by parents Mike and Lola Milic and sister Mitzi Ceko and grandmother Lottie Alvarez. Lola’s opened on Jan. 19, 1977, at 1702 U. S. 19 North. The building is now occupied by KeyStone Title Agency. Boris is now one of the managers at Carrabba’s Italian Grill in Port Richey.

Museum volunteer

We’d like to congratulate one of our greeters at the museum for winning an award from the national Daughters of the American Revolution. She is Lillian Kreps, who at age 96 is our oldest volunteer.

Museum speaker

Antonia Mernik was the speaker at the museum on April 13, 2019. Her subject was the History of Fans, about which we are convinced she knows more than just about anyone.

Museum visitors

Curtis and Carol Malone were visitors to the museum on April 13, 2019. Curtis grew up in Tarpon Springs. Carol (Neszery) Malone is a 1956 graduate of Gulf High School. Her mother, Antoinette (DeCubellis) Neszery (1916-2000) came here as an infant with her parents Peter and Frances DeCubellis.

Guest speaker

Yolanda Mercado, president of the Tampa Bay Gold Star Mothers, will speak at the museum in Sims Park on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at 1 p.m. The Gold Star Mothers organization was named for the gold star which families displayed in a window to honor their deceased service members. Her son Jalfred Vaquerano was killed in Afghanistan on December 13, 2011. Yolanda now spends her time telling others about Jalfred and our armed forces fighting overseas. The West Pasco Historical Society presents a guest speaker once per month. There is no charge for admission to the museum on those dates.

Museum visitors

Reynald Feldt and his son Bob were visitors to the museum on March 30, 2019, and it was a great day for us, as Rey donated to the museum an HO-scale model of the New Port Richey railroad station as it existed in 1926. The Tampa and Gulf Coast Railroad served the city. Rey used old photos of the station to make an historically accurate model. Rey and his son both live in Clearwater. However, Rey lived in New Port Richey when he was a small child and attended Pierce Grammar School during much of grades 1 through 5. His grandfather was Emil Nyman, who came to Port Richey in 1912 and became a leading businessman in New Port Richey in the 1920s.

Museum guest speaker

The guest speaker at the Rao Musunuru MD Museum and Library in Sims Park on Sat., Apr. 13, at 1 p.m. will be Antonia Riggs Miernik, who will share her collection of fans and give interesting information about their history. Fans have been used by both men and women from the beginning of recorded history. The ancient Asians used fans to not only keep cool, but also to show their wealth and importance. Years ago young women were not free to speak to young men. The language of the fan was used to help them express themselves.

The West Pasco Historical Society presents a guest speaker once per month in the museum.

Museum visitor

Mary Wilson was a visitor at the museum on March 28, 2019. She is pictured with some of the genealogical items she donated to the museum, mostly names and dates from cemetery walk-throughs and marriage records. In 1994, Mary, a board member of the West Pasco Genealogical Society, and George Warren, president of the organization, spent five months recording the names and dates engraved on tombstones in every cemetery in Pasco County. Mary is originally from Tippecanoe County, Indiana. She came here in 1972.