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Manatee Exhibit Opens at The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum

Manatee Mania’s Grand Opening will be held Friday, January 25th, from 5-7 p.m. at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum. This FREE mixer event invites all members of the community to take a tour of the museum and meet others from all parts of the county who share a passion for history.

This new exhibition has been brought to the museum with a grant from the Florida Humanities Council in collaboration with the Exhibits and Program Committee. This exhibit begins in the 18th century when the English made manatee hunting illegal and created a sanctuary for the animals, continuing with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Manatee Recovery Plans and conservation work throughout the state. Topics include the complex human relationship with manatees; from the first manatee protection law in 1893 to our most recent changes. Visitors are introduced to manatees and their connection to mermaid sightings, including one by the infamous Christopher Columbus. Next, we trace the history of Manatee protection over time leading to their current protections under Florida law as a threatened species. This history features popular scientist, Jacques Cousteau, who visited Crystal River in the 1970’s, as well as Governor Bob Graham and Jimmy Buffet who helped establish the Manatee Club in 1981. The exhibit will highlight economic factors and the benefits of conservation to both manatees and humans who inhabit the neighboring coastlines and waterways that affect them. Research by groups like Sea to Shore, citizen involvement, and legislation will be covered. The exhibit will spark awareness of the manatee’s important role in Florida’s identity and unique sense of place.

The exhibit will run from January 25th through the end of May 2019.

Celebrations to Remember: Upcoming Exhibits at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum

The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum is honored to participate in two special commemorative celebrations to honor the important contributions of these organizations in our communities. The Citrus County Chronicle celebrates is 125 year in operation, while the City of Inverness celebrates 100 years of incorporation.

June – July 2019: 125 Years with The Chronicle

The Chronicle is the longest surviving business that we have in the county today. Local newspapers are vital, especially to smaller communities. Please come and join us at the Museum for an exhibit dedicated to the role the newspaper has played in our communities for 125 years, and hopefully, 125 more. This exhibit honors the Chronicle’s commitment to keeping locals abreast of the news that matter most. Whether you prefer flipping through the pages of a freshly printed newspaper or swiping through stories on your iPad, the Citrus County Chronicle is there for you.

August – October 2019: Inverness through the Ages

Inverness has been the “Small Town Done Right” for 100 years. This fall, it is time to celebrate what makes city such a special place. As part of the special commemorative events going on in September, the City and the Museum are working together to create a special exhibit that shows what daily life was like for people living here in Inverness from 1919 to 2019.

For more information please call 352-341-6428 or email lindsey.gilbert@citrusbocc.com.


2019 Summer Concerts Series

The Inverness Cultural Heritage Council Announces the 2019 Summer Concert Series Line-Up!

The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum is a historical gem at the heart of Downtown Inverness. The proud structure has stood for over 100 years, and although the business of the court is no longer transacted here, it is still an important pillar to the community. It is a place of learning, a community space, and of course, an entertainment venue. The fully restored 2nd floor courtroom recalls the majesty of turn-of-the-century architecture and design and provides an intimate and unforgettable setting for fantastic food, cheerful company, and magnificent music.

June 20th, 2019: Blue Hawaii: A Tribute to Elvis with Peter Alden

Say hello to summer and spend a tropical evening with Elvis Presley and his dancing hula girls! Exciting music and exotic dances will set the stage for this second-to-none performance of all your favorite Elvis tunes. Grab your favorite Hawaiian shirt and your best gal and get ready for a night that brings the golden age of music alive and pays homage to one of Presley’s most beloved films.

July 18, 2019: A Night with Roy Orbison featuring Brian McCullough

See a legend in concert as Brian McCullough brings the impassioned, operatic ballads of Roy to life. It takes a true talent and dedication to pay tribute to such a beloved musician, especially one so well known for his complex, unique, and emotional style. Brian’s vocal talent and spot-on portrayal of Orbison has won him respect from insiders who knew the star both personally and professionally, and acclaim from fans who come to see him again and again.

August 15, 2019: The Divebombers

This trio plays the best toe tappin’ foot stompin’, knee slappin’, old school blues, country, and rock’n’roll around. The Divebombers feature guitarist George Worthmore, an inductee of the New York Blues Hall of Fame, veteran bassist Chad Clifford, and guitar whiz-kid Nat Langston. They play the music of George Jones, Johnny Cash, Jerry Reed, Merle Travis, Chet Atkins, Elvis, and more with instrumental virtuosity and an irresistible sense of fun.

September 19, 2019: Greta Pope and the Spaniels

Greta Pope is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed entertainer. She has delighted audiences throughout the world, performing styles from Jazz to Opera to Broadway with easy and flair. The Museum is proud to welcome her and the Spaniels to perform all your Motown favorites, including The Supremes, The Temptations, Ike and Tina Turner, Martha and the Vandellas and more.

Tickets for the event are $25 per person. Season passes to all four shows are available for the discounted rate of $90 per person. Tickets include after-hours access to the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum exhibits, appetizers, and open tabled seating. A cash bar is available, which helps support fundraising efforts. Tickets can be purchased online at www.cchistoricalsocietyshop.com or by calling (352)-341-6428.

The Inverness Cultural Heritage Council, a d.b.a. of the Citrus County Historical Society, Inc. (a non-profit organization) asks for your financial support and or sponsorship for this performance series. Proceeds benefit the Inverness Council and the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum exhibitions, educational programming, and scholarships. Partnerships and sponsorships are always available.

For more information, please call 352-341-6428 or e-mail citruscountyhistoricalsociety@gmail.com. As always, please stop by the Old Courthouse Museum at One Courthouse Square in downtown Inverness for seat reservation and a tour!

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Inverness Walks! Downtown Walking Tours

3rd Wednesday of Each Month, Starting at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum at 9 AM.

These highly entertaining and educational tours are held the third Wednesday morning of each month and since there has been such enthusiasm for them, we are requiring reservations.

Hear stories of early and present-day Inverness as your guide shows you a small town rich with history. Experience the beautiful lakes, parks, and quaint, walkable downtown and its historic buildings. Even locals will be amazed by what they learn! Preferred limit no more than 15.

All proceeds benefit the exhibition, programs, and operations of the Inverness Cultural Heritage Council at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum. $5.00/per adult, $2.00/per child. For more information and reservations, please contact 352-341-6428.



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Citrus County Then & Now: Neighborhood Snapshots

The Citrus County Historical Society, Citrus Cultural Alliance, and photographer Rebecca Pujals-Jones are proud to present the first Neighborhood Snapshots photography program at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum.

The second Thursday of every month from May 2019-December 2019 is your opportunity to delve in the history of Citrus County while participating in a fun, skill-building photography workshop. All residents and visitors of Citrus County are encouraged to bring in their photographs from “Back Then”, between 1850 to 1970 of Citrus County buildings, parks, beaches, monuments, landmarks, events, festivals, parades, farms, factories, facilities, people, and places.

The Citrus County Historical Society will digitize these images for free and add them to the photographic archives for future generations to enjoy. You keep the original photographs. Participants in the photography program will use these images and others from the Historical Society archives and create professional quality photos of Citrus County “Now”.

Program participant photographs and historical images will be featured in a special Then and Now exhibit at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum in 2020.

Each two-hour session is $25/person and includes professional instruction, access to Historical Society photo archives and dark room, and supplies for printing. Sessions are intended for all skill levels. Participants must be at least 18 years old. Space is limited to 10 participants per session so please register early-registration by the first of the month is strongly encouraged. Sign-up for all 8 sessions and get a 10% discount on registration fees! Each additional session you attend will provide opportunities to build your photography skills and practice new and old techniques. Activities include sharing old photos for group discussion, digital and dark room photo development/printing, learning preservation and archiving techniques for photographs, go on photo walks and "field trips" throughout the county, and finally, participants will be invited to share their artwork in a new exhibit at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum in 2020. Register at our online shop, www.cchistoricalsocietyshop.com or call 352-341-6428.

All proceeds benefit the exhibition, programs, and operations of the Inverness Cultural Heritage Council at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum. $5.00/per adult, $2.00/per child. For more information and reservations, please contact 352-341-6428.



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