Pre- History Gallery
The Brannen Family Gallery of Pre-History houses an exhibition titled, Footsprints in Time. This exhibit takes the visitor back in time, through interactive and educational hands-on components, when the Florida's first Paleo-indians arrived over 12,000 years ago. The Timucuan Indians were the first to come in contact with Hernando de Soto on his quest through Florida as he passed through the Eastern boundaries of Citrus Cuonty. Learn how the Seminole Indians lived and the hardships faced by early pioneers to this area. Originally, this was part of the area that housed the Citrus County Sheriff's office and Citrus County Superintendent of Schools.
Local History Gallery
Local History- A second permanent gallery the Mary MacRae Gallery of History houses an exhibition titled, A Long Way Home, which interprets the history of Citrus County from about 1887, at the forming of the county until present. Displayed in this gallery are interpretative panels on the county’s many early industries. Discover the role that Citrus Countians have played in the many wars over the years that have affected Florida and our area. On display is one of the original clock faces from the clocktower, where women volunteered as spotters to look for enemy planes during WWII. These volunteers signed their names on the back of the clock face. Originally, this was part of the area that housed the Citrus County Property Appraiser and Tax Collector offices.
John Murray Davis Traveling Exhibit Gallery
This gallery area has hosted over 45 different exhibitions since the museum reopening in 2000. Beginning Friday, January 11th a new exhibition titled Humunity Beyond the Barbed Wire: Hitler's Soldiers in the Sunshine State will be on display through March 8th, 2013. The exhibition is being brought to Citrus County from the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg.
The Florida Holocaust Museum created this exhibition, based on a book by Robert Billinger, Hitler’s Soldiers in the Sunshine State. The exhibition illustrates the principles of a democratic nation and the humane treatment of enemy combatants during WWII.
A history of hate caused millions of deaths during the Holocaust. However, the treatment of German POWs in the United States during World War II created an obvious contrast as many former German POWs looked back on their experiences as positive ones. Many may find it surprising to know that some 378,000 German POWs reached American soil, residing in some 550 camps mostly in rural southern isolated camps, in 45 of the 48 states. At 10,000 of them were at twenty-five Florida camps, including the nearest one at Leesburg.
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