February Presentation

Wednesday, Feb. 22nd  7:00 pm

Shana Smith

Come out to hear Shana Smith talk about her book, Islands of Cedars. In 2022, Islands of Cedars was published and is her first historical fiction novel, directly inspired by her love of wild Florida and her wish to celebrate its best qualities while mindfully bringing awareness to current environmental threats, racial inequity, and a need for balanced history. 

 

About the Book: January 1, 1923 – Rosewood, Florida, a thriving African-American community in the Jim Crow South, was torched to oblivion by the infamous spark of one white woman’s lie. Six innocent victims and untold gallons of blood and tears were left in the wake of the weeklong racist rampage that followed. She is currently working on her next historical fiction novel, also based in west central Florida.

 

Shana’s first book, Meditation for Moms and Dads: 108 Tips for Mindful Parents and Caregivers, was the result of navigating Zen practice while raising her two children.

Adopt-a-Mile Dates:

March 18, June 17, September 30, and December 16


Adopt-A-Mile

Join us quarterly for Adopt-A-Mile, 8:00 am — 9:00 am as we clean up the 1 mile stretch of Old Oakhurst Rd (74th Ave). Meet at the Museum. Bring yourself, a pair of gloves, closed toed shoes, and a mask. Pickers, bags, and buckets will be provided.

We will social distance as we walk.

We've been doing this a while now!!

Video from 5 years ago!


Help us reduce litter and debris and improve the appearance of the Seminole Community!


See you there! 



SAVE THE DATE

Holloway Haven Garden Tour

May 21st, 2023


Check back for more details.



Pictures from 2021 Garden Tour

Museum Open
2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month

Every Thursday

Hours: 10am-1pm

We are now offering private tours for groups.
Please call 727-871-6826 for more information.


See the calendar to confirm open dates.
Practice social distancing within the 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.

Members of the Seminole Historical Society can be individuals, families, institutions, or businesses. 

Please see our membership page for detailed information.

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.