Smithsonian Exhibition Exploring the American Workforce

at the Pioneer Florida Museum

January 28, 2017 - March 18, 2017

The Pioneer Florida Museum & Village, in cooperation with Florida Humanities Council, will explore the professions and the people that sustain American society when it hosts “The Way We Worked,” a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition.

The Way We Worked” Video Introduction

Book your field trip and group tour today, dates are filling up fast! Morning and afternoon guided tours available! (352)567-0262 

 Teacher Resourses for "The Way We Worked", Lesson Plans, Teacher Guide, Reading List

Special Events going on during Smithsonian Exhibition "The Way We Worked"

  • Feb 18, Clergy Members get in FREE with a paid admission
  • February 25, Fire Rescue EMT w/ID get in FREE with a paid admission
  • March 4 College Students w/ID get in FREE with a paid admission, free Pizza at 1:30 p.m., while supplies last

“The Way We Worked, Florida” Speaker Series

at the Pioneer Florida Museum & Village

The Pioneer Florida Museum & Village, in cooperation with Florida Humanities Council, will explore the professions and the people that sustain American society when it hosts“The Way We Worked,” a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition. This speaker series was put together to enhance this exhibition.

 The Way We Worked,” adapted from an original exhibition developed by the National Archives and Records Administration, explores how work has become a central element in American culture. It traces the many changes that have affected the workforce and work environments over the past 150 years, including the growth of manufacturing and increasing use of technology. The exhibition draws from the Archives’ rich collections, including historical photographs, archival accounts of workers, film, audio and inter-actives, to tell the compelling story of how work impacts our individual lives and the historical and cultural fabric of our communities.

This great exhibition will be on view January 28, 2017 through March 18, 2017 at the Pioneer Florida Museum.

“The Way We Worked, Florida” Speaker Series Schedule

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Thursday, February16th, 6:00 p.m.     Imani Asukile           

Topic: In Honor of Black History Month - “The Odell Mickens Story”

Director of Global Multicultural Awareness & Special Assistant to the President, Pasco-Hernando State College at PHSC, Author of the book, “Black Americans of Hernando County, Florida”.

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Saturday, February 18th, 2:00 p.m.      Tom Touchton & brother Charlie Touchton

Topic: “Touchton Drug Store (location was where Keifer’s Jewelry is now); Touchton Hotel, Life in Dade City”

Tom & Charlie grew up in Dade City. Tom was owner of The Witt-Touchton Company, LLC, is a Founding Member of the Tampa Bay History Center; and Owner/Collector of wonderful Maps Collection (highly renowned).

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 Thursday, March 2nd, 6:00 p.m.         Madonna Jervis Wise

 Topic: In Honor of Women's History Month “Women and Work...the Changing Nature of Women's Work Throughout the Twentieth Century and a Look at Women in our own Pasco County Neighborhood."

Historian/Educator Madonna Wise has written nine books, four of which focus on local history. The Arcadia Publishing/History Press books include: Dade City, Zephyrhills and Wesley Chapel.  She is a consummate researcher and a community advocate. With nearly 40 years of educational experience in Pasco and Polk Counties, she has worked as a history teacher, school administrator and served on numerous community boards. “Women have contributed to the world of work in Pasco County, and their changing roles have impacted the changing nature of work.” Madonna will profile some local women leaders as she commemorates Women’s History Month.

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Saturday, March 4th, 2:00 p.m.            Dr. Steven Noll

Topic: “The Way We Worked, Florida” From cattle and citrus to turpentine and tobacco, this presentation covers many occupations in Florida over the past 150 years.

Master Lecturer Steven Noll received his Ph.D. in American History from the University of Florida He joined the University of Florida Department of History in 1992. He has published three books: Feeble-Minded in our Midst (1995); Mental Retardation in America (2004); and, most recently, Ditch of Dreams: The Cross-Florida Barge Canal and the Struggle for Florida’s Future (2009). Dr. Noll teaches American History as well as courses on the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, the History of Disability in America, and Florida History.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 2:00 pm                 Nancy Massey Perkins

Topic: "The Life and Work of a Home Town Barber"

Nancy Massey Perkins is a multiple generational Pasco County family. She has been a teacher and Media Specialist in Pasco County Schools for over 35 years. She was chosen as the Social Studies Teacher of the year for the district in 2000 and is known for her lively displays and hands-on interpretation of history with her students. A particular interest is in Native Americans. Her father, Bud Massey was the barber in Zephyrhills for many years...

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Thursday, March 9th, 6:00 p.m.              Scott Black    

Topic: “All the Live Long Day, Working on the Railroad in Florida

Dade City Commissioner Scott Black is a 6th generation Floridian, lifetime resident of the Dade City/Trilby area and the former Mayor.


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Saturday, March 11th, 2:00 p.m.             Mark Hanna

Topic: "How Old Fashioned Signs Were Made"

Mark Hanna is a local artist .


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Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.          Bob Harrison

Topic:How Newspapers & Libraries Have Been Impacted by Technology”

Bob Harrison, Public Communications Specialist, Pasco County Library System, from 1996 until mid-2016, Bob worked at the Tampa Bay Times as an advertising account executive and, most recently, as their digital advertising strategist. He saw firsthand the transition from print to digital and followed the newspaper industry’s initial reaction to the Internet and finally its embrace of the technology. Bob Harrison came to work for the Pasco County Library System approximately six months ago and has seen many parallels between how newspapers and libraries have been impacted by the Internet. Both industries have fully embraced the web and, as the technology continues to evolve, so do both newspapers and libraries.

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Still Accepting Vendors

Saturday, April 8, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Easter Bunny, Easter Bonnet Parade, egg hunt, face painting, games, bounce house, and more!



2017 Pasco County Historical Society Meetings  

The March 11, 2017 Meeting will be held on a Saturday at noon, so members will be able to eat lunch (bring a covered dish as always) and tour "The Way We Worked" Smithsonian Exhibition. 

Every other month starting January, 7:00 p.m., usually the 3rd FridayOpen to the public, free. 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. Historical society meetings are free and open to the public. 



Women Celebrating Women 2017 

Women Celebrating Women - Pasco  

15602 Pioneer Museum Road Dade City, FL 33523

Community based, women business owners (or upper mgmt level) joining one another. Uplifting, Showing Solidarity & Success by celebrating each other.

Tickets are limited to 125 guests. $21 each, includes lunch.

Please join us, March 17, 2017!

Get your tickets TODAY!



dye workshop photo 

Natural Dye Workshop at the Pioneer Florida Museum, usually the 3rd SUNDAY of the month, in the Mabel Jordan Barn, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Cost $25.00, supplies are provided. To reserve your spot, contact the Museum at 352-567-0262.

valentine card project

Card Making Classes usually the 3rd Saturday (January 21, February 18, March 18) of the month at 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon in the main building. Cost $15 per person, supplies are provided. January Class please bring a few pictures for the project pictured above. Class size is limited; please contact the museum to reserve your spot 352-567-0262.


Feb 2017 Painting class

Painting with In the Details usually the 2nd Friday of the month starting February 10, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. , in the Mabel Jordan Barn, enter through GATE 4, $25, all supplies included. Please pre-register and pay online so we have enough supplies for everyone, Please call 352-567-0262 if you have any questions.


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Pioneer Florida Museum & Village
15602 Pioneer Museum Road
Mailing address:P.O. Box
Dade City
FL 33526-0335 
Phone: 352-567-0262    Fax: 352-567-1262