The Smithsonian is coming! Florida Humanities Council has selected the Pioneer Florida Museum to host "Hometown Teams" Smithsonian Exhibition!

 hometown teams

Generously sponsored by 

Suncoast Credit Union!!! 


Opening Day, Saturday, March 17, 10:00 -11:00 a.m. Tampa Bay Lightning Mascot "Lightning Bug" will greet guests and pose for photos, there will be some giveaways while supplies last, music, and a drawing for a Pioneer Florida Museum membership!


Smithsonian Exhibition Hometown Teams 

March 17 - April 28, 2018 Schedule your group tours and Field Trips Now!

352-567-0262 or

The Smithsonian’s Hometown Teams traveling exhibition examines the many roles that sports play in American society. Hometown sports are more than just games—they shape our lives and unite us and celebrate who we are as Americans. We play on ball fields and sandlots, on courts and on ice, in parks and playgrounds, even in the street. From pick-up games to organized leagues, millions of Americans of all ages play sports. And, if we’re not playing sports, we’re watching them. We sit in the stands and root for the local high school team, or gather on the sidelines and cheer on our sons and daughters as they take their first swing or score their first goal.

Thanks to our never-ending appetite for competition and games, Americans now have a wider selection of sports to play and watch than ever before. Football, baseball, and basketball—America’s traditional hometown sports—share space on our calendars with soccer, hockey, tennis, running, wrestling, skiing, snowboarding, skateboarding, surfing, sailing, and many other sports. What has occurred in our hometowns is nothing less than a sports revolution.

  • March 17 Opening Day: 10-11 a.m. Tampa Bay Lightning Mascot "Lightning Bug" will greet guests and pose for photos, there will be some giveaways, music, and a drawing for a museum membership.
  • Saturday, March 17, Pasco County School Employees get in FREE with school ID
  • Thursday, March 22, 6 p.m., Speaker, Madonna Wise, local author "Before Title IX for Girls Sports"
  • Saturday, March 24, James “Mudcat” Grant Day, Special display and memorabilia
    March 24, 2 p.m. James "Mudcat" Grant Day Speaker, Julius Grant
  • Tentative - Thursday, April 12, 6 p.m. Jerry Johns - Spring Training team trains that came through the Trilby Train Station, Dade City Commissioner, Scott Black will moderate.
  • Saturday, April  14, 2 p.m. Speaker, Dr. Steve Noll, Master Lecturer, Dept. of History from the University of Florida "Hometown Teams Florida".
  • Tentative - Saturday April 21, 11 a.m. James Davis - Participation in the local Negro baseball leagues, Dade City Commissioner, Scott Black will moderate.
  • Additional programming and speakers will be updated, please check back.


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Educators           Hometown Teams 1 minute video 


Jelly Bean Fling Flyer 2018 

 Jelly Bean Fling

Saturday, March 31, 2018, 9:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.

Photos with Jasper the Easter Bunny (Time TBD)

Vendor Applications & Information and Flyer.pdf

Included with admission: Photos with the Easter Bunny, face painting, petting zoo, Easter Bonnet Parade with Mr. Tommy 11 and 2, and all museum buildings open with docents/guides in period costumes, music, a family day of fun... $5 admission, under 5 free.

Museum events only included with a $5 wristband: Easter egg hunt, barrel train rides, make your own Easter Bonnet, and carnival type games in the barn with prizes.

Additional cost Vendors, these activities are NOT included in museum wristband price: Bounce house, slide, pony rides, games, Knocker-ball, Rock Climbing all have SEPARATE FEES. Food and craft vendors, museum concessions.




2018 Pasco County Historical Society Meetings

Every other month, starting in January, 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 or E-Mail: bookbollard @ . Historical society meetings are free and open to the public.

The next meeting of the Pasco County Historical Society will occur on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Pioneer Florida Museum & Village at 15602 Pioneer Road, Dade City, Florida, 33523

The PROGRAM will be delivered by Greg Gude and is entitled, “Where is the Fire? Talk about the Embers!”

In the past 30 years, the fire protection service in Pasco County has made the transition from municipal fire departments assisted by volunteer fire departments in rural areas to a professional fire rescue service. Fire trucks have been replaced when 10 years old; improvements have made the fire hoses easier to handle and spray a higher volume of water… Now Pasco County Fire Rescue provides countywide coverage for both fire and ambulance services. Battalion Chief Greg Gude (Retired) will discuss this history and related stories. (Gude started as a volunteer during his senior year in high school and joined Pasco County Fire Rescue in 1987. When he retired on June 30, 2017, he was responsible for overseeing six stations and responding to all structure fires in his district.)




card class march 2017

Cards shown above just an example, not actual cards you will make in class.

Card Making Classes, April 21, May 19, June 16

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.  



Beginner's Weaving Classes, April 7, May 5, June 2 

1st Saturday of each month starting March 3, from 10 a.m to 1 p.m.

Weaving is both a fun and useful craft.  You can make rugs, blankets, table linens, shawls, scarves, fabric for clothing, etc.  

This class provides an introduction to weaving with an emphasis on multi-harness looms.  At the end of this class you will be able to purchase and use the loom of your choice with confidence.  

In class, you will prepare a 2-harness loom and weave a mat on it.  As you make the mat you will learn the parts of a loom and their functions.

Other topics include various weaving terms and tools; reading a weaving draft; and calculating the amount of yarn needed for a project.  

Other types of looms (i.e. rigid heddle, inkle, & tablet) will also be demonstrated.  

All materials are provided.  

* 1st Saturday of each month starting March 3rd from 10am to 1pm.

* Beginners class (13 yrs. and up)

* $25 paid in advance or $30 at the door. Pay online:

* Family discount $25 for 1st guest & half off 2nd or subsequent guest

* Adult supervision required at all times

* Max of 6 guest/ Min of 3 in order to have the class

* 1st time guest will receive a One Day Free Admission Pass

A break for lunch is not included, but you may bring a sandwich or similar light snack and a drink.

Register today, please email or contact the museum to reserve your spot 352-567-0262.



Admission varies for special events.

  No dogs, please. Service animals only.

Pioneer Florida Museum & Village
15602 Pioneer Museum Road
Mailing address:P.O. Box
Dade City
FL 33526-0335 
Phone: 352-567-0262