Santa is a symbol of Christmas for children (both young and old). We smile as we remember the magic of that special time of the year. For the Seminole Historical Society, the October Fish event makes us smile as we remember the great dinner and gathering at the museum gardens and how a gathering can create magic for our memory.
The October Fish Santa that gave us direction, organized all food service and coordinated with Crabby Bills is actually one of our museum members and VIP volunteer. Sharon Spohn’s enthusiastic participation and incredible organization of food service made the magic of the 2021 October Fish a night to remember.
Keeping Pinellas Beautiful!
Another Adopt-A-Mile pickup by the Seminole Historical Society.
Seven pounds was collected along Old Oakhurst Rd.
Thanks to our pickers and organizer, Tina!!!!
January 26th as we will officially unveil The Jane Blake's Birthday Book
Renowned miniature artist Jane Blake graced our world with elegance and immense artistic talent that spanned several decades. Jane was an “ambassador and traveling diplomat” for miniature art. Her artwork is recognized worldwide, and she was commissioned to paint several miniature portraits of the governor’s wives that are currently displayed in the Governor’s mansion in Tallahassee.
One of her greatest creations, “The Jane Blake Birthday Book”, is a collection of 91 original miniature artworks from sixteen countries. This hand-bound leather book is hand-penned beautifully with calligraphy and secured with two gold clasps. In 1993, after three years of compilation, Jane hosted “The Jane Blake Birthday Book” signing party in her Seminole home/ studio. Over eighty people gathered to celebrate the completion of this miniature art treasure. Jane intended to use this book to promote the resurgence of miniature art and to create a family heirloom and museum piece for future generations.
Sadly, Jane passed away in late 1993, but her artistic contributions and passion for the proliferation of miniature art lives on. In 2021, Jane’s family connected with the Seminole Historical Society Museum and negotiated a permanent placement of the “The Jane Blake Birthday Book”. On Wednesday, January 26th, 2022 at 7PM the official unveiling and “Jane Blake Birthday Book” program will commence at The Seminole Historical Society Museum.
The Seminole Historical Society and Museum
The Seminole Historical Society was founded to highlight historic artifacts, documents, articles and buildings in Seminole. Its purpose is to ensure that our children and future generations will have a place to go to learn about stories of families from the past who helped create our present, so that we can carve the future.
Seminole exists because of the dreams and actions of those who came before us. Did you know that in early 1860's individual settlers with names like Archer, Campbell, Cobb, Duhme, Grable, Meares, Moody, O'Quinn, Sartorius, Thevenet and Tyler were the pioneer settlers in the Seminole area? They were followed by more pioneers with names such as Johnson, Leach, Longley, Repetto, Thurston, and Whittle.
These early settlers found tall pines suitable for building their homes, ample land to raise their cattle, and plentiful wildlife such as turkey, deer, quail to feed their families.
In 1910, the Seminole area was comprised of just 75 people. The 1920 Census shows names of orange grove owners and farmers living side by side next to each other on one very long road. We know it as Duhme Rd, or 113' Street, or Ridge Road. These families were, O'Quinn, Hinckle, Meares, Johnson, Leach, Brumby, Duhme, and Thevenet.
The Seminole Historical Museum is a gathering place for the dreams of the past and the rich history of our community. The museum is a place for telling stories of those who are no longer here to tell them for themselves.
We welcome you to our website and invite you to visit our beautiful museum to learn about the stories of those "dreamers" from our past who have helped create our present and future.