“Another Day, Another Dollar” historic exhibit Gala Jan. 19 in Floral City
Work, work, work. Another day, another dollar. That pretty well describes life during the late 1890s early 1900s in Floral City and in all of Citrus County; except the pay may have been less than a dollar a day.
The public is invited to learn more at the Reception Gala of the new exhibit titled, “Another Day, Another Dollar: Making a Living in the Old Days” to be held on Friday, 19 January in the Floral City Heritage Hall Museum. Doors will be open from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm for a $10.00 donation which includes two glasses of wine and a variety of substantial hors d’ oeuvres. Donations to the Museum will fund the preparation of new exhibits for this acclaimed museum.
Although the exhibit has been open for a couple of months with high visitor praise, this Opening Reception provides a convenient opportunity to view, while supporting the presentation of Citrus County history. The Museum Director, Frank Peters, and researchers, writers, and developers of the exhibit, Tom Ritchie and Bill and Susie Metcalfe, will be on hand to not only meet and greet visitors, but to also respond to questions, receive visitor’s input and sign copies of the book that is the “long version” of the exhibit, “Another Day, Another Dollar.”
Industries in the exhibit that flourished during those early years – or “old days” – include the production of sugar cane, cotton, citrus, and moss harvesting. Other ways of “making a living” in the exhibit reveal farming, cattle ranching, phosphate mining, and the labor involving transportation by steamboats and railroad trains.
To compliment the exhibit, the Museum “Country” Store has added items for purchase that correspond to many of the exhibit industries of the period. For example there are small taster-size bottles of cane syrup as well as pint-size jars of local cane syrup for the serious consumer. There are samples of cotton bolls, Spanish moss and phosphate; wooden citrus reamers; grapefruit spoons; feather dusters; wooden corn brooms; handmade soap and old-time soap brands; granite metal dishware and stove-top coffee pots; red bandanas; train and steamboat whistles as well as folk art prints, postcards and several books relating to the many ways that local residents made a living in the old days.
All Sponsors and Donors for the 2017 Floral City Heritage Days will be welcomed as guests at this Reception, demonstrating Floral City Heritage Council’s continued appreciation of their support.
The Heritage Hall Museum is developed and managed by the Floral City Heritage Council, one of five Heritage Councils of the Citrus County Historical Society, Inc. It is located at 8394 E. Orange Avenue in the Floral City Town Center and is open, free to the public, every Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. or by special appointment; call Museum Director Frank Peters (352) 697-2999 or e-mail [email protected] and visit www.floralcityhc.org also see facebook and twitter.