Museum visitor

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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.

Lillian Kreps

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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..

Examining an old West Pasco street map

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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

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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

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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

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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.