Florida Master Gardener Volunteer Mary Ellen Gotto was the guest speaker at the museum today (4/8). She did an excellent and interesting presentation on the topic of native Florida plants.
Visitors to the museum today (4/8) examine some old Chasco Festa photos. Frances Mallett is in the center.
Dana Jo Russ was a museum visitor today (4/8). She donated to us a photo album. Her late husband Eddie was descended from the Frierson family, who owned the residence that is now our museum.
Notable visitors to the historical society museum today (4/8): Melody Desjardins (GHS ’03) and Kayla Kuni (GHS ’04).
Lillian Kreps was the greeter at the museum today (4/8). She is the oldest volunteer at the museum currently, still looking great at age 94. She has taken many pictures over the years for the historical society, some of which are on this page of our web site..
Fox 13 has a story on Clarice Emley at age 106. She taught at Pierce and Gulf junior high schools and Gulf High School in the late 1950s and 1960s, where she was known as Miss Clarice Helen Thompson. The video report is here.
Ann James, one of our board members, checks out the Holiday area in an old West Pasco street map donated to the museum today. Here is a fun fact: Ann Street in Holiday is named for her! And these other streets in Holiday are named for family members (unless the street names have changed): Lynda, for Lynda Rusaw, now Lynda Ghaedi, niece; Tammy, for Tammy Rusaw, niece; Victoria, for Victoria Bislick, niece; Dawn, for Dawn Rusaw, great niece; Penny, for Penny Bislick, niece; Holly, for Holly Rusaw, niece; and Pamela, for Pamela Bislick. Ann also believes streets were named for her sisters Leota, Margarette, Eva, Nancy, Shirley, and Mary. These neighborhoods were built by Rusaw Builders, owned by Ann’s brothers Bill and Ernie. Another Holiday street was named Janice, for Janice James, a secretary in the company office.