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Citrus County Historical Society Events & Exhibits – Summer 2018

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on June 7, 2018

A new traveling exhibition titled “Spanish Conquistadors in Florida” will be on exhibit until August 2018, at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum in downtown Inverness on the Square. This exhibition is on loaned from one of our sister Museums, the Floral City Heritage Hall and Museum in Floral City.

Florida Historian Michael Gannon once quipped, “By the time the Pilgrims came ashore at Plymouth, St. Augustine was up for urban renewal.” Florida’s history reaches much further back than many people realize, beginning with the indigenous cultures that thrived here for thousands of years. European contact came to Florida much earlier that other parts of North America as well, with the arrival of Juan Ponce de León in 1513.

This began a period of Spanish exploration and conquest in Florida that lasted over 200 hundred years. Come explore our exhibit and learn about the complex relationship between the Native Peoples of Florida and the Spanish as trade flourished in what is known as the Colombian Exchange. Get to know Juan Ponce de León,  Pánfilo de Narváez, Hernando de Soto, and Pedro Menéndez de Aviles and even pose for a selfie with these Spanish Explorers. Guests can take a step back in time and follow de Soto’s path through what is now Citrus County and catch a glimpse of what life was like for those who traveled across the sea to seek their fortune in Florida.

Unveiling the Museum’s New Permanent Exhibit: Citrus County History

Come and partake in the Gala event of a new exhibition opening on Thursday, June 21st from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.! The exhibition and program team of the Citrus County Historical Society has been working tirelessly for over two years in researching, designing, and fabricating a new permanent exhibition in the Mary MacRae Local History Gallery. Titled Citrus County History, from 1887 to Present, this exhibition presents what early pioneer life was like on the open Florida frontier, How Citrus County got its Name, to A Rising Economy, the early industries and what made our county what it is today, included are stories about how war times have impacted our local area over time,  along with Locals and Legends, including When Elvis Came to Town.

Liverpool Live Tribute to the Beatles June 21

Immediately following the grand opening of the new exhibition, the Inverness Cultural Heritage Council, a dba of the Citrus County Historical Society, Inc. will be hosting the Beatles Tribute – Liverpool Live Band. This will be a full costume change show, where the music is a note-for-note copy of the Beatles music. You will love their spin, music, and performance. During the costume changes, Frank Sinatra the “Chairman of the Board” will be the emcee.  Purchase your seats today by going to Save $10 with a Season Pass! When you get seats to all four show, by June 21st you pay only $90, a 10% discount.

In its 4th annual season this year’s Summer Concert Series will continue to rock the Courthouse Museum right straight through the September. Sammy Davis, Jr. with Buddy Holly and Connie Francis will perform on Thursday, July 19th, then on August 16 a Tribute to Elvis with Peter Alden & the Covairs will take place, and lastly in September a Vegas Night: with Sinatra, Diamond, & Monroe.

Last Walking Tours of the season

There will only be two more Inverness Walks tours, one June 20 and the other July 18 for this season. Do you want to learn how Inverness came to become the city it is today?  Then feel free to join us on the third Wednesday of each month guided walking tours of Historic Downtown Inverness are available.  The tours leave promptly at 9 a.m. from the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum. Hear stories of early and present-day Inverness as your guide shows you a small town rich with history with everything from citrus groves and phosphate mines to timber lands, turpentine stills and even Elvis Presley. Experience the beautiful and quaint, walkable downtown and its historic buildings. Even locals will be amazed by what they learn! Call 352-341-6428 to reserve your space today. All proceeds benefit the exhibition, programs, and operations of the Inverness Cultural Heritage Council at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum.

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