CLASSES/SPEAKERS LISTED AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE
Country Christmas Open House
Saturday, December 9, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Photos with Santa 1-3 p.m., Ronnie Setser Car Show, The Caroling Company performing 10 - 1, Knockerball, Children's activities, barrell train rides, face painting, The Dade City Joy Bell Ringers will perform at 1 p.m., complimentary cookies and punch while supplies last, Food truck and other wonderful concession items, all Museum buildings will be open and will have docents/guides in period costumes, and more!.$5 admission, under 5 free or bring in a new unwrapped toy and get in free.
Raising Cane, A Sweet & Spicy Event
(Making Cane Syrup on site and an International Chili Society Chili Cook-off)
Saturday, January 13, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
More information about the Chili Cook-off will be posted soon.
Farm Festival & Quilt Show
Sat & Sun, February 3 & 4, 2018 9:00 a.m. (10:00 a.m. on Sunday) – 5:00 p.m.
Draft Horse pull on Saturday Only 12 :00 p.m. (New time)
Arrive early, get your spot and enjoy a BBQ Lunch at the museum. Concessions and food trucks!
Limited seating, lawn chairs welcome for the Horse pull.
Hoffman Fabrics Traveling Quilt Exhibiton in the Mabel Jordan Barn
Antique Car Show Sunday Only
“Skirmish at White House ”
mentioned on some websites as "Battle of Dade City"
Civil War Reenactments & Living History Encampment
Sat. & Sun, February 24 & 25, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Skirmishes will emerge from the village and battles will take place at
2:00 p.m. both days (Saturday & Sunday).
The public is invited to tour the authentic confederate and union camps; reenactors are in character.
Get a glimpse of how they lived and what it was like during the Civil War. Traditional period craft demonstrations, Ladies period fashion show, Live Music with "7lbs of Bacon Band”,
Church Service on Sunday Morning
All museum buildings will be open, docents/guides in period clothing in most buildings.
School Day - Civil War /Living History
Friday, February 23, 2018 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Schools are invited to schedule field trips
The educational value of this event cannot be overemphasized, so on
Friday February 23, 2018, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. the encampment hosts a School Day.
At the School Day, students may rotate through different stations learning about the Civil War,
cannons, musical instruments, medical hospital units, rifles, Union Camp,
Confederate Camp and the Cavalry to name a few.
To be included in “School Day” activities, your group must pre-register.
Jelly Bean Fling
Saturday, March 31, 2018, 9:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.
Photos with Jasper the Easter Bunny (Time TBD)
2017 Pasco County Historical Society Meetings
Every other month, next meeting in July, 7:00 p.m., usually the 3rd Friday. At the Pioneer Florida Museum in the Mabel Jordan Barn. Enter through Gate 4 at the museum. Different speakers and presentations each meeting. Pot luck - please bring a covered dish, your table service and drink (disposable plate, fork, knife, and spoon). For more information, please contact: historical society secretary, Glen Thompson, (352) 567-7449. Historical society meetings are free and open to the public.
Pasco County Historical Society
Fallacies of the War Between the States
LOCATION:Pioneer Florida Museum & Village
Meetings are free and open to the public
A covered-dish dinner precedes the program, so bring something special to share. Please bring your own cutlery for your personal use, disposable plate(s), and your beverage of choice. Also bring disposable serving utensils and serving plates, unless your permanent utensils and platters are clearly marked for easy identification.
PROGRAM: Fallacies of the War Between the States
General Lee will discuss the fallacies related to the recently concluded War Between the States. He will share his knowledge and understanding of the situation when the military conflict concluded two years ago in 1865.
SPEAKER: General Robert E. Lee, Confederate States of America (portrayed by Al Stone) Robert Edward Lee (January 19, 1807 - October 12, 1870) was an American and Confederate soldier, best known as a commander of the Confederate States of America. He commanded the Army of Northern Virginia in the War Between the States from 1862 until his surrender in 1865. A son of Revolutionary War officer Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee III, Lee was a top graduate of the United States Military Academy and an exceptional officer and military engineer in the United States Army for 32 years. During this time, he served throughout the United States, distinguished himself during the Mexican-American War, and served as Superintendent of the United States Military Academy.
Al Stone (see below the biographical resume and photograph) is a living historian portraying significant events in the career of General Lee. He has written a book entitled "General Lee Speaking" which consists of many short stories of his life experiences, with a focus on the time spent in portraying the great Southern Chieftain. He has also written and produced a DVD entitled "The Dilemma". Filmed in first person at the birthplace of James Madison, it focuses on Lee's resignation from the US Army after which he aligned himself with the Confederacy. Both of these items will be available at the meeting.
DIRECTIONS: 1.3 Miles North of Historic Downtown Dade City
At the corner of US 301 and Museum Road, turn east onto Museum Road and cross the railroad tracks. Go north (left) to Lemack Road to gate 4 turn right to the Mabel Jordan barn parking lot.
FOR MORE INFO CONTACT: Glen Thompson, Secretary
Telephone: (352) 567-7449
E-Mail: bookbollard @ iCloud.com
AL STONE AS LEE
Al Stone, who portrays General Robert E. Lee was born in rural upstate New York, a few miles north of the Pennsylvania state line. He had two Great-Great Grandfathers who served as volunteers in the War Between the States and was raised by a father who was an avid American history buff, seldom passing up the opportunity to visit historic sites. By the age of 15 years, Al had trekked the rocks and fields of Gettysburg on numerous occasions while on trips to Maryland and Washington, DC.
In 1965, at the age of 21, Al accepted employment necessitating his relocation to Lynchburg Virginia, where he continued to explore his developing interests in the conflict which divided our union of states. While his employment allowed him the opportunity to visit and spend many hours at meaningful sites, probably the most profound event on Al's life while in Lynchburg, was his meeting with a lady who was 112 years young at the time. As a youngster, Mrs. Royal and her family were slaves on a nearby plantation and her vivid accounts of life during the mid 1800's mesmerized many a listener. It was during his residence in the Old Dominion State that Al became aware of the impact that Robert E. Lee had, not only on Virginia, but on the "Union", both before and after the war.
As time passed, Al relocated to Alabama, Florida, West Virginia and then again to Florida, all the while continuing to educate himself about the war for Southern independence. As the color of his hair and beard changed from brown to white, he began to assume the role of a Confederate officer which later developed into portraying one of America's greatest generals.
In May 1995 Al offered his first public appearance as the Great Southern Chieftain and continued portraying the General as commander of the Army of Northern Virginia until April 11, 2015 when on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the historic meeting between Generals Lee and Grant at Appomattox Virginia, Al retired his "field impression". Following a brief respite, Al has resumed his impression as Robert E. Lee, but now as President of Washington College (currently Washington & Lee University). In this new role as Lee in his later years, he is prepared to discuss Lee's life - in total!
(In the years following the war, Robert E. Lee's intentions were to bring renewed life to the small college in Southwestern Virginia. However, his presence and actions in helping to calm and heal the union would continue him in the spotlight for the duration of his life. He appeared and testified in front of Congress regarding the condition and sentiments of Southern people and the acceptance of former slaves by the white populace. He was called upon by leaders from both north and South for his wisdom and expertise and the effect of "Reconstruction" policies. And of course, wherever he traveled, he was welcomed by throngs of people who sought his personal friendship and kindnesses as well as recollections of the late unpleasantness.)
In his new role as post-war Robert E. Lee, Al continues to offer the finest first person impression available and can discuss all periods of the life of Robert Edward Lee. From childhood, through his military career, to President of Washington College, Al is available to speak to his life and respond to your questions.
Al has portrayed General Lee in classroom settings, at award ceremonies, church gatherings, Chautauqua's, on theater stages and other special occasions. He portrayed General Lee at the annual Gettysburg reenactment for eight years, including the 150th anniversary, and well over 1,000 other reenactments around these United States. In May 2000, Al portrayed The General at Presentation Weekend in Troy, Ohio, sharing the billing with noted artist Mort Kunstler, historian Dr. James I. "Bud" Robertson and authors Brian Wills and Thomas Cartwright. Al has since appeared with Mr. Kunstler, on numerous other occasions. He portrayed The General in the "The Trial of Robert E. Lee" at Liberty University in March 2002 and addressed an audience of over 14,000 at Liberty's annualcelebration in 2002 (televised nationally). He has appeared as The General in more than 30 small and big screen documentaries and movies, one of which is the nationally acclaimed History Channel's documentary titled "April 1865- The Month that Saved America". He has been described by Civil War re-enactors and historians alike as presenting the "most accurate impression of General Lee in the union today". Al was also given this designation by Robert E. Lee IV and other family members while visiting with them at Stratford Hall in January 2007 during the celebration of the General's 200 birthday.
The articles of clothing worn by Al are designed to replicate that worn by General Lee at various periods of his life. Every step has been taken to be authentic and a visit to the Confederate museum in Richmond will testify as to this authenticity. It's Al's intent to provide you a memorable visit with the venerable Robert E. Lee, General, CSA
For further information, please call (813)782-1297 or (304) 660-7390 or e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional information can be obtained at Al's website: www.generalrelee.com
Cards shown above just an example, not actual cards you will make in class.
Card Making Classes, September 30, Oct 21, Nov 18, Dec 16, 2017 usually the 3rd Saturday of the month at 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon in the main building. Cost $10 per person, supplies are provided. Class size is limited; please email or contact the museum to reserve your spot 352-567-0262.
Painting with In the Details usually the 2nd Friday of the month thru June 2017
(Will pick back up in 2018 date TBD), 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., in the Mabel Jordan Barn, enter through GATE 4, all supplies included. More information will be posted soon.
Admission varies for special events.
No dogs, please. Service animals only.
Pioneer Florida Museum & Village
15602 Pioneer Museum Road
Mailing address:P.O. Box 335
Dade City, FL 33526-0335