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Coffee and Conversation Speakers Series Hosted by the Florida Humanities Council

Are you interested in knowing what is was like living in Florida at the turn of the 20th century? Join us for the April Coffee and Conversation Speakers Series program titled, “Doc Anna: Swamp Doctor of Florida”. Carrie Sue Ayvar is a third generation storyteller dedicated to preserving and promoting the art of storytelling. She is the recipient of the National Storytelling Network’s Oracle Award winner for Service and Leadership, as well as a Chautauqua scholar and Kennedy Center trained Artist in Education. Her performances blend entertainment and education. 
At this event, visitors will meet Dr. Anna Darrow (portrayed by Ayvar) who, in 1909, became the 2nd woman doctor licensed in Florida. Darrow braved swampland, alligators, snakes, and outlaw gangs to heal the sick, nurse the wounded, and deliver babies.
Citrus County Historical Society, Inc. is proud to be a Florida Humanities Council (FHC) Speaker Series partner and to, also have the Citrus County Chronicle as a major partner. These talks are made possible by funds from the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. 

Music at the Museum Concert Series

2017-2018 Music at the Museum Concert Series brings incredible performers from across the United States

One of Citrus County’s best-kept secrets is the outstanding music that is offered in the gorgeous setting of the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum.

The series finale on May 17, 2018, doors open at 6:00 p.m., music 7 - 9:00 p.m. brings to Inveness is the Southwest Florida acoustical trio of Honey Creepers. The group features the soulful and dynamic vocals of Prana, a brilliant singer songwriter, strings of John R Butler, and musical foundation of Randy Hilderman on bass guitar. They perform nationally and are recording their first original collective album, which includes the award winning Bridge To Sanibel and Delicious, with Special Guests Duncan Brown (former trumpet player for Aretha Franklin and Little Richard), Clay Cropper (former member of KC & The Sunshine Band) and Rick Grooved. Prana, the lead vocalist, is a Detroit native with a sound that was born in the Bayou. As a French Creole, she brings a soulful and dynamic presence to this talented group. Check them out at: call (352) 341-6428 or email for seat reservations! IF you didn't make the last Dave Capp Project you missed out on a great jazz performance and a fabulous group.

We were delighted to bring the Orlando based unique, funky jazz band the Dave Capp Project to the Old Courthouse on April 19!  This group that was named the “Best Jazz Act of 2015” by the Orlando Weekly Readers’ Poll.  The band plays a variety of jazz styles and is comprised of saxophonist Dave Capp who also sings (alto, tenor), vocalist France Neil, Scott Montgomery on keyboards, Rick Nicholson on bass. Check them out at:, then call (352) 341-6428 or email for seat reservations! 

Inverness….Florida, a new Art Show Opened on April 17 in the John Murray Davis rotating exhibition gallery area  

For a number of years the Citrus High School senior class art and photography students have been showing their class projects and every year these students' visual art talents continue to inspire creativity and change the world for us. The exhibtion will be on view at the Museum through April 28, 2018. "The creativitiy of these art students are cleary evident in the works on view," notes Kathy Turner Thompson, Citrus County Historical Resources Manager. 

Citrus County Historical Society

The Citrus County Historical Society, Inc. (CCHS, INC.) was originally formed in 1963, and incorporated in 1979. Operating as a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, it accepts tax-deductible donation in the active pursuit to "preserve and further the knowledge of the history and pre-history of Citrus County and nearby areas."

Since 1985, the Citrus County Historical Society has been located in The Old 1912 County Courthouse, located at 1 Courthouse Square, Inverness, Florida. The historic Courthouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.Call (352) 341-6428 to order historic photographs for your home, office or business. Please consider becoming a member and volunteering with one of our many programs, events or councils. 

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