January 2019


Hello and Happy New Year! 

Welcome to another wonderful year, in your Seminole Museum, with great speakers, events and learning more about our past and present community, and the Florida around us! 

It’s hard to imagine that we are in our 4th year of operation in the museum and our 14th year as a Society. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I want to thank you for continuing to support the Society and your museum. Without your patronage, volunteering and financial support, we could not enjoy the beautiful place we call home for the history of Seminole. 

2018 was just as busy as any of our past years, as we were continuing to add depth to our current displays, presenting new displays and providing a variety of events. Over the course of our time in the museum, we realized there was no road signage marking the Seminole City Park, and thus the museum. We took this information to the City, and the long-awaited signage arrived this December and was placed North/South bound on Park Blvd., prior to Ridge Road and East/West bound on 113th Street, prior to 74th Ave. Other items of interest in 2018: We have become Site #71 on the Trail of Florida’s Indian Heritage and celebrated our first Native American Gathering. We continue to clean up our Adopt A Mile on Old Oakhurst Road, and thanks to Crabby Bill’s on Indian Rocks Beach we enjoyed our second, successful fish fry. We are still looking for individuals/families to donate to a temporary display of their personal collections and for local businesses to add their history to ours. 

Save The Dates! As you can see, we are able to provide you with our first three speakers in our Speaker Series for 2019. We are a gem in Seminole and off to a great year! 

The museum is always open Thursdays 10am – 2pm and Saturdays 10am - 2pm. We are also available to open for groups and guided tours. Please contact either myself at 727-399-0587 or contact us through our website www.seminolehistoricalsociety.org 

See you in the museum! 

Michele Abramo, President

Date Speaker Information
Wednesday
January 23, 2019
7:00 pm

ENHANCING DEMOCRACY WORLDWIDE 
Empowering people to Lead 

Our speaker is Seminole Mayor Waters. She has consulted for over a decade with new democracies throughout the world, including Southern Sudan, Somaliland, Indonesia and most recently with Libyan Leaders. 

Her work has involved helping to strengthen multi-political systems, democratic governance, civil society, women and youth leadership, and the electoral process in evolving democracies.
Wednesday
February 27th, 2019
7:00pm
Zac Zacharias

Florida Forts: On the Edge of Empire-Discover the amazing forts that now sit as relics to a bygone age in Florida History. The Spanish, English, French, and Americans all built major fortifications to control the all-important strategic peninsula. Uncover the history of Florida through historic forts such as Fort Caroline, Fort Clinch, St Augustine Castillo, Fort Pickens, Fort Christmas, and many more. Learn about Florida History through its amazing forts. (book pending)
Wednesday
March 27th, 2019
7:00pm

J. Michael Francis
Chair, Department of History and Politics

Topic – Early Florida

Hough Family Chair of Florida Studies
Florida Studies Program
University of South Florida, St. Petersburg