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Pasco County Historical Society meeting features Jennifer Bush, Publix Historian

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on January 3, 2019

The next meeting of the Pasco County Historical Society will occur on Friday, January 18, 7pm at the Pioneer Florida Museum & Village, located at 15602 Pioneer Road, in Dade City, Florida. The meeting will be held in the Mabel Jordan Barn.

The speaker will be Jennifer Bush, from the Publix Corporation. Jennifer’s program will take members and guests through the evolution of the general store to the state-of-the art supermarket, Publix. Jennifer is the official historian of the Publix Corporation. 

The title of Jennifer Bush’s presentation will be: “Before the Shopping Cart” – the history of supermarkets with a focus on Publix (of course).

“I take the audience from the general store/mercantile stores of the late 1800s, to the first food stores, then the supermarket. I share about which company was the first to have self-service markets, who invented the shopping cart, and how Publix impacted the food industry along the way,” said Jennifer.

To set the ambiance for this special program, Stephanie Black, Executive Director of the Pioneer Museum & Village has also arranged for the C. C. Smith General Store to be unlocked and for members and guests to do a quick walk-through prior to the meeting. The Smith General Store was built in Lacoochee in the 1920s and served the community for fifty years as a gathering place for folks to trade news, a post office, and restock.

Jennifer will also weave in the impact of George Jenkins, founder of Publix, and his philosophies in management, as well as some of his famous quotations.

Guests are welcome. A carry-in dinner precedes the program, so bring a dish to share as well as cutlery for your personal use, plate(s), (disposable is fine) and your beverage of choice.

The museum is located 1.3 miles north of downtown Dade City, at the corner of US 301 and Museum Road, turn east onto Museum Road and cross the railroad tracks.

For additional information, please contact Madonna Jervis Wise, Past-President and Secretary at [email protected] or phone 813 469 8627