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Current Events - A Winter Full of Events, Activities, Programs and Fun Coming Your Way! 

Music at the Museum featuring Southern Exposure

 Be My Jazzy Valentine!  Thursday, February 11, 2016

“Southern Exposure” is a jazz band that will have you and your sweetie swinging to the songs that we have all heard and loved. If you like Woody Herman, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee and the other greats of jazz, you will love the renditions that Norm Bernard and his group perform.

The Citrus County Historical Courthouse is once again offering a delightful concert to embellish the Music at the Museum Series. Norm Bernard, leader of Southern Exposure, was supposed to be a right fielder for the Boston Red Sox, but a hurt shoulder pulled him from that line-up and he then enrolled at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. After touring with Woody Herman, and touring Europe with James Last, he relocated to Toronto, entertaining and
delighting the Canadians. After 17 years of snow, he moved to Florida, where he formed his own ensemble. His group members are from Spring Hill, and they enjoy playing in Citrus County.

 Coffee and Conversation Speaker's Series Program

Featuring the St. Pete Shanties

The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum presents the third Coffee and Conversation Speaker Series Program of the season, featuring the St. Pete Shanties on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 7:00 p.m., in the second floor courtroom at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum. This program is funded by the Inverness Cultural Heritage Council, a dba of the Citrus County Historical Society.

In the mid 1800’s, Florida was a major actor in the international trade of cotton on a route called the Cotton Triangle. Sailing ships from New York and Liverpool delivered Florida cotton to the U.S. North and to Europe. Sailors’ songs, shanties and songs sung in crew’s quarters were mixed with songs of dockworkers and riverboat deckhands which, in turn, had their origins in spirituals and African-American work songs. In their original, well researched programs the St. Pete Shanties sing the songs of the sailors.

Only one more day! for toy exhibition in the John Murray Davis Rotating Exhibit Gallery 

Christmas Joy for Girls and Boys - Toys Through the Decades - Exhibit Closes Monday, January 25 at 4:00 p.m.!

INVERNESS - - This holiday season treat yourself to a new exhibition “The Christmas Joy of Girls and Boys – Toys through the Decades” which is now open in the John Murray Davis rotating exhibition gallery. From now through the end of January, this new, fun exhibit will be on display at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum in downtown Inverness.

The exhibit, described as a snapshot of toys throughout the decades, features toys and story’s from over 100 years. Playthings expand our imagination and teach us creative and innovative ways. They help kids to learn how to socialize, play, interact, grow and develop self-regulation and control skills.

“Toys have been a part of us since the beginning time and we are so grateful for the outpouring of toys on loan to make this exhibition possible,” Kathy Turner Thompson, Citrus County Historical Resources Manager, said in a statement about the exhibit. A request for toys was made and the response has been incredible. One oldest and most beautiful toy on display is a mid-19th century Civil War era doll. The body is made from leather, human hair, and the head is of porcelain. Our volunteers, members and community at large have been wonderful in loaning to the museum these special family keepsakes for us to share with all.

“Christmas Joy of Girls and Boys – Their Toys through the Decades” is free and open to the public. For large groups, Thompson recommends calling to schedule a tour before the exhibit departs at the end of January. The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum can be reached for more information at (352)341.6436 or e-mail katherine.turner@citrusbocc.com.

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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