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Current Events - The New Inverness Cultural Heritage Council announces their first time ever Summer Concerts - Seats are going fast! Please call today so that you don't get left out.

The Summer Concert Series begins with a bit of nostalgia. 

On Thursday, June 18 the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum will be celebrating the 75th birthday of Ricky Nelson. Tribute artist Peter Alden will perform and focus on the entire musical library of Ricky Nelson, from the 50s through the 80s.

Ricky Nelson was an American actor, musician and singer-songwriter. He starred alongside his family in the television series, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952-1966), as well as co-starring alongside John Wayne and Dean Martin in Howard Hawks’ western feature film, Rio Bravo.

Peter is classically trained, possesses of a five octave range and also has perfect pitch. He has performed lead roles in both dramas and musicals including “Carousel”, “The Fantasticks”, “A Comedy of Errors”, and “The Diviners” It was, however, the production of “Bye, Bye Birdie” that Peter zeroed in on a calling. Peter has performed across the country, and in many parts of the world including Wales, Beijing, Singapore, Vancouver, and Puerto Rico. 

For more information and to reserve your seats call 352.341.6427. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. concert begins at 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Reservations are $20/per person.

New Exhibition opens at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum 

INVERNESS - - A traveling exhibition called “Viva Florida: Florida Before Statehood” has opened in the John Murray Davis rotating exhibition gallery. From now through the end of August, the Citrus County Historical Society, Inc. is hosting the exhibit at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum in downtown Inverness.The exhibit, described as a snapshot of Florida’s history that features information about 500 years since the landing of Juan Ponce de León, starts with a look at the state’s first people and tribes recorded at the time of European contact. History is then traced through the first attempts at U.S. colonization, by French and Spanish settlers. Interactions between Native Americans and Europeans are explored, as are the interrelated history of African Americans in Florida, and the Seminole and Miccosukee Tribes’ contemporary story. “Florida’s story and the state of Florida itself are unique,” Kathy Turner Thompson, Citrus County Historical Resources Manager, said in a statement about the exhibit. It is the goal of the Museum to share Florida’s and Citrus County’s historic past with as many people as possible in all regions of Florida, and this exhibit will do just that. The exhibit is a part of the statewide initiative, Viva Florida, which promotes our state’s history and cultural heritage. Citrus County’s historic past is supplemented in this exhibition through local artifacts from the Second Seminole Indian War period. "Viva Florida: Florida Before Statehood" is free and open to the public. For group tours, Thompson recommends calling ahead to schedule a tour before the exhibit departments at the end of July. The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum can be reached for more information at (352) 341.6436 or e-mail katherine.turner@bocc.citrus.fl.us.

Citrus County Historical Society

The Citrus County Historical Society, Inc. (CCHS, INC.) was originally formed in 1963, and incorporated in 1979. Operating as a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, it accepts tax-deductible donation in the active pursuit to "preserve and further the knowledge of the history and pre-history of Citrus County and nearby areas."

Since 1985, the Citrus County Historical Society has been located in The Old 1912 County Courthouse, located at 1 Courthouse Square, Inverness, Florida. The historic Courthouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.Call (352) 341-6428 to order historic photographs for your home, office or business. Please consider becoming a member and volunteering with one of our many programs, events or councils. 

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