Clark and Beth Carnegie were visitors to the museum today (1/26). They are Canadians but have spent much time in Florida. Clark went to school at Pierce Elementary School and Gulf Junior High School in the late 1930s. The house he lived in while attending school here is just across the street from the museum, at 5613 Sims Lane, so we walked over to it and took the top picture. The older photo shows the home when Clark lived in it. It was the residence of the Ross W. Carnegie family.
Thanks to the New Port Richey Public Library, which recently donated to the museum this beautiful old table. We do not know how old it is.
Brownies in a local girl scout troop were visitors to the museum on Jan. 25, 2018. Brian Schmit did his usual great job as tour director. The scout troop leader is Nicole Tybor. Larger pictures are here and here.
Looking south on Grand Boulevard from Orange Lake in the 1920s and on Jan. 20, 2018. The hotel on the left opened as the Grand Rapids Inn in 1914, as the owners were from Grand Rapids, Michigan. The following year the name was changed to the Hotel Newport, as it was thought the name for the new town would be written as Newport-Richey.
Members of Girl Scout Troop 582 visited the museum today (Jan. 20, 2018). In the photos also are troop leader Adrienne Brown and WPHS board member Brian Schmit, who conducted the tour.
Ken Weightman was a visitor to the museum on Dec. 30, 2017. He allowed us to scan a large number of cards from his excellent collection of old New Port Richey picture post cards. He says he has been collecting them since the 1980s. The picture here shows one of two binders of cards he has. Mr. Weightman is a teacher at Gulf High School. The cards can be found here and on our Facebook page.
You can view the new December 2017 WPHS newsletter here. It will be mailed to members on Dec. 6
A Celebration of Her Life will be held for Patricia Pfaff on Dec. 11, 2017. There will be a mass at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church at 11:30 a.m. followed by a reception at the Gulf Harbors Civic Center from 1 to 4 p.m.
Memorial donations can be made to Hospice of Hernando-Pasco, 6807 Rowan Rd., New Port Richey, Florida 34653.
Pat had recently joined the Board of Directors of the West Pasco Historical Society. Her daughter Donna Dukat was not able to have a service earlier because of Hurricane Irma.
The Pasco County Commission recently voted to allocate $25,000 each to the Pioneer Florida Museum in Dade City and the Rao Musunuru, M. D., Museum and Library in New Port Richey. We will be using the money to improve our museum displays for the public. In the picture, taken on Nov. 25, 2017, Commissioner Ron Oakley presents a check for $25,000 to Bob Langford, President of the WPHS, and Dr. Musunuru, a benefactor to the WPHS and honorary board member. Mr. Oakley was the commissioner who proposed the funding for the two museums.
We’d like to congratulate one of our greeters at the museum, Lillian Kreps, for receiving this national award from the DAR today (Nov. 11, 2017). Lillian has been volunteering at the museum since before anyone can remember.