Examining an old West Pasco street map


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.

New local history book


WPHS member Brian Schmit has written a new book on the history of New Port Richey. It will be published in the fall. Mr. Schmit is a high school history teacher. This photo was taken at the Hacienda tours on March 11, 2017.

Pet my dog


Not sure whether this was a fundraiser for the museum or for Kaeden, but the gentleman in the picture was charging museum visitors $1 to pet his dog, Jack, today (3/11).

Hacienda Tours 2017


The Friends of the Hacienda and Historic New Port Richey conducted tours of the Hacienda today (3/11). Here New Port Richey Mayor Rob Marlowe speaks to one of the tour groups.

Wedder Collection


Museum personnel Aidan Woodham and Terry Kline examine a collection of native central American artifacts today (2/25). The items were donated to the historical society by Kay Wedder some years ago.

Bridge collapse in 1939


In March 1939 a gasoline tanker truck was too much for the Boulevard bridge near what is now Schwettman Education Center. Just about everybody in town came to view the incident.

We have several photos of this, but this is a view we have not seen before, a photo donated to us by Basil Gaines.

Museum visitor


A visitor to the museum today (Feb. 4, 2017) was Basil Gaines (GHS ’67), son of a former Pasco County sheriff with the same name, who served in the 1960s and 1970s. Basil gave us some old photos and newspapaer clippings. He recalled that his father obtained the first helicopter for the sheriff’s department. His father and Archie Boyd went to Arizona to get the helicopter and drove it back to Pasco County on the back of a flatbed truck.

The Hacienda interior then and now



The old picture, from 1927 or 1928, is the only interior view of the Hacienda we have from the 1920s (although there are a couple of advance artists’ renderings of what it might look like inside). The modern picture is approximately the same view, March 24, 2016.