The Citrus County Historical Society and the Old Courthouse
Heritage Museum are pleased to announce that they are being awarded funds of
$5,000 by the Florida Humanities Council through a grant from the National
Endowment for the Humanities. This funding will allow for the continuance of
the Coffee and Conversation Speakers Series programming at the Museum, January
- April 2019. In addition, to the program funding a new traveling exhibition
titled, Manatee Mania will be opening on Friday, January 25 at 5 - 7:00 pm. as
a result of funding from the same grant.
Dr. James "Buddy" Powell founder and Executive
Director of Sea to Shore Alliance will be presenting the first program of the
season on Thursday, January 31 at 7:00 p.m. Dr. Powell has spent over a 40 year
career studying and working to conserve manatees around the world. Dr. Powell
began his love for marine mammals here in Citrus County while working with
Daniel "Woodie" Hartman and Jacques Cousteau in the late 1960s and
early 1970s in Crystal River. Hartman first came to Crystal River in 1969 from
Cornell University to work on his dissertation thesis, the first comprehensive
study of manatees at that time.
Next up a week later, on Thursday, February 7, Dr. Steven
Noll from the University of Florida will bring another entertaining and
educational program on manatees to the Museum. Steve Noll is a master
lecturer in the history department at the University of Florida, where he
received his PhD in 1991. Dr. Noll taught special education in the public schools
of Alachua County for 28 years before moving over full-time to UF in 2004. Dr.
Noll has written extensively on general Florida history as well as more
specialized subjects ranging from Florida environmental policy, the ill-fated
Cross Florida Barge Canal, and the disability rights movement of the 1970s.
Additionally, the Historical Society has received a Visit
Florida Marketing Support Grant. This grant will allow staff to work with Visit
Florida on fine-tuning the Museums marketing.
Lastly, The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum is now part of
the Florida Trail Passport Program and a Florida Trail Gateway Community site.
Inverness is now one of nine current communities in north and central Florida.
This program works very much like the Florida or National Parks System Passport
program. More information can be found at: https://www.floridatrail.org/passport/.
From Bach to the Beatles:
Musicians Julie Adams and Rick Smith, will perform on
Thursday, January 17 at the Old Courthouse Museum in Inverness. Can you imagine
a full orchestra playing in your living room? Alternatively, two lovers
flirting in a symphony hall? It is a little bit of both that you get from
world-renowned finger style guitarist Richard Smith and his wife, versatile
cellist Julie Adams – and they serve up so much more.
Julie Adams is one of the most diverse cellists on the music
scene today. Raised in Dayton, Ohio, and classically trained at Interlochen
Center for the Arts and the Cincinnati Conservatory, she has won many
competitions and played in the most diverse musical settings. She has performed
with orchestras in Chicago, Columbus, Dayton, Cincinnati and Vero Beach.
Richard started playing the guitar at age 5 and has never
looked back. Focusing early on with the fingerstyle guitar of Chet Atkins and
Jerry Reed, he began transcribing classical music, Jazz, the gypsy style of
Django Reinhardt, bluegrass, ragtime and the blues to Sousa marches.
Their repertoire includes Scott Joplin rags, Sousa marches,
Chopin, Mozart, and fiddle tunes. It ranges from jazz standards Chet Atkins and
Jerry Reed and to Django Reinhardt gypsy swing, not to mention their intriguing
originals. Richard and Julie deliver both, lightning fast barn-burners and
beautiful ballads, occasionally spiced with gentle and witty
What people are saying...
“Strings of gold on guitar met strings of pearls on cello
... Richard Smith and Julie Adams rang the satisfaction chime at 20, on a scale
of one to ten.”
Jean Bartlett, The Pacifica Tribune, Pacifica/CA
“Richard Smith's fingers move so fast across the guitar
strings that they're virtually a blur, but the music is pristinely clear … The
heroes' hero ...”
Kyra Gottesman, Chico Enterprise-Record, Chico/CA
“Julie Adams' eloquent cello solos deserve special mention.”
Andrew Porter, The New Yorker
This is a show you won't want to miss!
*Doors open at 6 PM and concert starts at 7 PM* Light
refreshments will be served.
All shows take place at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum
located at 1 Courthouse Square, Inverness, FL 34450
Order tickets online at cchistoricalsocietyshop.com or call
Any questions, call 352-341-6428 or email firstname.lastname@example.org