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Stitches and Stories in the John Murray Davis Rotating Gallery


The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum is proud to present a new exhibition titled: Stitches and Stories. This 2018 show opens on September 6th and will be on display through November 13th. The exhibit features many hand-crafted and machine-made vintage quilts, ranging from large wall hangings to bed quilts. Each of these quilts tells a story that we want to share with you!

Quilts and quilt making are a timeless, ancient craft, which have been made for function as well as self-expression. Two particularly interesting quilts were part of the Florida Quilt Heritage Project, 1986, sponsored by the Florida Museum of History in Tallahassee. They are featured in Charlotte Allen Williams’ 1992 book, Florida Quilts. The goal of the project and the results of the book included discovering, documenting, and preserving the history of Florida as expressed through the life and the times of the quilt makers.

Citrus County took the challenge and two centennial quilts were made, one for Crystal River and one for the county as a whole, since in 1987 the county would have been 100 years of age. The Creative Quilters of Citrus County made the Crystal River quilt with places of interest such as the Old Crystal River City Hall, the Heritage House, the Old Bank of Crystal River, the Holder/Miller House, the Old Women’s Club, and the Plantation Inn and Golf Course. This quilt was exhibited at the National Quilting Association’s annual meeting in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1988.

The Citrus County Centennial quilt was made by the Cracker Quilters group in Beverly Hills. This quilt has appliques depicting places such as the Yulee Sugar Mill, the 1912 Citrus County Courthouse, the train depot, the train tracks going into Homosassa, and the stealing of the county seat, just to name a few. These quilts along with many more will be on display through mid-November.

For more information go online to cccourthouse.org or call 352-341-6428.

September 19, 2018
Inverness Walks! - Downtown Inverness Walking Tours Continue

Wednesday, September 19 at 9 a.m. will be the next Guided Walking Tour of Downtown Inverness! These highly entertaining and educational tours are held the third Wednesday morning of each month and since there has been such popularity for them, reservations are required -- and they fill up fast!

Hear stories of early and present-day Inverness as your guide shows you a small town rich with history. Experience the walkable downtown and its historic buildings.

All proceeds benefit the exhibition, programs, and operations of the Inverness Cultural Heritage Council at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum. $5/adult, $2/child. For reservations and more information, call (352) 341-6428.

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Dusty Road Rangers

Summer Tribute Concert Series

The 2018 Summer Concert Series brings incredible tribute performances from the best in the business!

One of Citrus County’s best-kept secrets is the outstanding music that is offered in the gorgeous setting of the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum.

The Summer Concert Series started off with an unbelievable performance by Liverpool Live, the #1 Beatles Tribute band in Florida. The fab four, along with Armando Diaz as Frank Sinatra, shared a delightful evening with the crowd! We revisited the Good Old Days with Buddy Holly, Sammy Davis Jr., and Connie Francis in July to a sold out crowd! Two more "cool" shows are left to get us through this hot summer! Come out and enjoy!

These delightful concerts are sure to transport you to the past as some truly amazing talent impersonates and brings to life some of the past’s greatest treasures. Tributes in the series include the Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Buddy Holly, Connie Francis, Neil Diamond, Marilyn Monroe, and of course, Elvis.

For our next show put on your best formal wear and enjoy the excitement of Vegas! What happens at the Old Courthouse stays at the Old Courthouse on Thursday, September 20th when Frank Sinatra, Neil Diamond, and Marilyn Monroe bring Vegas to us! Armando Diaz returns as Frank Sinatra, along with Jack Berrios as Neil Diamond, and Emily Gorsuch as Marilyn Monroe. These folks are professional entertainers, with the voice and flair of those they bring to life in their tributes. They honor the music and talents of these legendary entertainers and guests are sure to have a wonderful time.

Call (352)-341-6428 or go online to www.cchistoricalsocietyshop.com to reserve your seat today. If shows are not sold out tickets are also available at the door. Tickets are $25 per show. Season tickets for the remaining three shows are still available at a reduced price of $67.50! Tickets include appetizers and a cash bar.

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Water: The Life of Florida

In association with Save Our Waters Week, documentary filmmaker Eric Flagg will present his talk on the importance of water in Florida.

Eric Flagg is a professor of Digital Media Technology at Santa Fe College and previously Department Chair of Digital Film at the Art Institute of Jacksonville. In addition to his academic work in the film and video fields, Eric is co-owner of Jellyfish Smack Productions. He has co-directed and produced numerous award-winning films including Gimme Green (2007), Terra Blight (2012), and Following the Ichetucknee (2014). In these films, he combines his love for storytelling, science, and conservation.

This event will take place on Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the second floor of the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum. This is a free event, but space is limited. Please reserve a seat by calling 352-341-6428 or go online to cchistoricalsocietyshop.com.

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New Traveling Exhibit: "Spanish Conquistadors in Florida"

May 2018 through August 2018

Florida Historian Michael Gannon once quipped, "By the time the Pilgrims came ashore at Plymouth, St. Augustine was up for urban renewal." Florida's history reaches much further back than many people realize, beginning with the indigenous cultures that thrived here for thousands of years. European contact came to Florida much earlier that other parts of North America as well, with the arrival of Juan Ponce de León in 1513..

This began a period of Spanish exploration and conquest in Florida that lasted over 200 hundred years. Come explore our exhibit and learn about the complex relationship between the Native Peoples of Florida and the Spanish as trade flourished in what is known as the Colombian Exchange. Get to know Juan Ponce de León, Pánfilo de Narváez, Hernando de Soto, and Pedro Menéndez de Aviles and even pose for a selfie with these Spanish Explorers. Guests can even take a step back in time and follow de Soto's path through what is now Citrus County and catch a glimpse of what life was life for those who traveled across the sea to seek fortune in Florida.

Florida Elvis Festival

Elvis in Florida


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