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historical society
FRI, March 20 AT 6 PM 
Pasco County Historical Society
In view of the nationwide crisis due to the COVID-19 virus epidemic the meeting for March 20, 2020 had
to be canceled.
Future meetings of the historical society will be cancelled until further notice.
If you need additional information, contact Glen M. Thompson, Secretary at or telephone (352) 567-7449.
Stay safe and be well
at the Pioneer Florida Museum and Village

Historical society meetings are free and open to the public.

Program Topic = History of Ranching After Open Range

Open range cattle ranching in Florida ended. Complaints about traffic accidents and stray cattle prompted the Florida legislature to pass a law in 1949, requiring all stock owners to fence in their cattle.  Florida was the last state to pass such legislation. Cattle-ranching, which had once been a family enterprise utilizing the open-range, became a capital-intensive agribusiness by the 1980s. Adding complementary farming such as watermelons was part of the changes. Steve Melton will trace the effects of these changes through the era after the open range was closed. Along the way a bonus will be some of his reflective poetry. Upon completion of this presentation participants may be able to answer the question; What is a Cattle Gap?

Speaker = Steve Melton

Steve Melton is an agricultural businessman, rancher, farmer, poet and museum operator. His works have been featured on YouTube for many years. The Machinery Museum is full of agricultural items from the past.

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION: Guests are welcome. A carry-in dinner precedes the program, so bring a dish to share as well as cutlery for your personal use, plate(s), (disposable is fine) and your beverage of choice.

LOCATION: The museum is located 1.3 miles north of downtown Dade City, at the corner of US 301 and Museum Road, turn east onto Museum Road and cross the railroad tracks, turn north (left) follow the signs to the Mabel Jordan Barn at the north end of the grounds.

Special thanks to the Florida Pioneer Museum & Village that allows the Pasco County Historical Society to hold meetings at their facilities. Stephanie Black, Executive Director and the Board have been gracious in allowing the historical society to meet at their wonderful facility which honors the history of Pasco County.

For additional information, contact Glen M. Thompson, Secretary at or telephone (352) 567-7449.



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Learn to Weave

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

Your first class is an introduction to weaving with an emphasis on multi-harness looms. In this class you will prepare a table loom and weave a sampler on it. As you make the sampler you will learn the parts of a loom and their functions. Other topics include various weaving terms and tools. Other types of looms will also be demonstrated.

All tools and materials are provided for your first class. You will need to bring your own loom, yarn and tools for any subsequent classes you attend.

Following classes are done at your own pace with instructor assistance. Topics include reading a weaving draft; how to use a warping board; floating selvedges; double weave; overshot; etc. You select the topics you want to learn and the date. You don’t need to worry about missing a class!

Class meets at the Pioneer Florida Museum in Dade City from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A break for lunch is not included, but you may bring a sandwich or similar light snack and a soft drink.

All weaving class fees are donated to the Pioneer Florida Museum.

  • Weaving Class Dates: May 2, Jun 6, 2020.

    Register to reserve your spot by contacting Marilynn Ory either by phone or email at least 3 days before class.
    405-250-5473 (voice or text) Due to the large amount of spam calls, please leave a voice message as I don’t usually answer calls from numbers I don’t recognize.
  • $25 paid in advance or $30 cash at the door for your first class. Following classes are $20 each. Pay online using
  • Family discount $25 for 1st guest & half off 2nd or subsequent guest, first class only.
  • 13 – 18-year-olds require adult supervision at all times
  • 1st time guests will receive a One Day Free Admission Pass to the Museum


Pioneer Florida Museum and Village – 15602 Pioneer Museum Rd, Dade City, Florida 33523