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
  • 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".
  • Saturday, April 21, 11 a.m. Speaker James Davis, "Participation in the Negro Baseball Leagues", Dade City Commissioner, Scott Black to moderate


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Educators           Hometown Teams 1 minute video 


Event Schedule (Fall - Spring) 2018 - 2019

We are now accepting vendor applications for these events.

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  • Scarecrow Festival - Oct. 13, 2018, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Civil War reenactment 2018 Firing Cannon

  • Living History, Civil War School Field Trip Day - Fri., Nov.16, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Living History, Civil War Reenactments - Nov. 17, 18, 2018, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Country Christmas 2017 Santa Dolores

  • Country Christmas Festival - Dec. 8, 2018, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.


                           Raising Cane 2018 Billy Poe   boilingjuicintosyrup

  • Raising Cane, A Sweet & Spicy Event - Jan. 12, 2019, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Farm Fest 2016 Horse Pull RK Riley

  • Farm Fest & Quilt Show - Feb. 2 & 3, 2019                                               
  • (Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. & Sun 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

Union Civil War 2018

  • Living History, Civil War School Field Trip Day - Fri., Feb. 22, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Living History, Civil War Reenactments - Feb. 23, 24, 2019 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Jelly Bean Fling 2018 Mr T and crowd

  • Jelly Bean Fling - Apr. 13, 2019, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

We are now accepting vendor applications for these events.





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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.

Friday, May 18, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Pioneer Florida Museum & Village

The program will be delivered by: Brian Schmit, author of Glory Days:

The History of New Port Richey, Florida.

About the program: Schmit's book tells the true story of what occurred in the early years of New Port Richey. What actually happened in this little Florida town was magical. In the height of the roaring twenties, nearly one in ten residents boasted fame and fortune. The founding fathers made a valiant effort to create the "Hollywood of the East." These dreams came to a perilous end with the stock market crash of 1929. Nearly a century later their stories unfold to keep alive the memory of New Port Richey's glory days.

Speaker: Brian Schmit is the author of Glory Days, as well as A Friend of America, and Aide-de-Camp. Brian has a degree in history from the University of Minnesota and has been teaching for over twenty-five years. He currently is on the board of the West Pasco Historical Society where he does historical tours of the museum and the city of New Port Richey.

(Note that Brian will have books available if you would like to purchase an autographed copy at the conclusion of the meeting.)


A carry-in dinner precedes the program, so bring a dish to share as well 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. Go north (left) to Lemack Road to gate 4 turn right to the Mabel Jordan barn parking lot.





card class march 2017

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

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

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.  


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Sip & Chalk Workshop  May 5th, June 2nd, 2:00 p.m.

Usually the first Saturday of the month.
Join me, Patricia Boltin Knight, for an afternoon of Sweet Chalkin Designs! I am so excited to bring my Passion for crafting back to MY HOME TOWN and offer three completely customizable Rustic Signs for your Chalkin’ pleasure at the Pioneer Museum!

This Event will include your choice of one project, all materials, and instruction for only $45.00. We will enjoy light appetizers and Sip on Sangria as we create a Chalk Treasure with a “Welcome” design. Leave the event with your custom creation and a heart full of laughter.

The Sip & Chalk event will last approximately two hours. To RSVP and choose your project please complete the sign-up form.

Once complete please reserve your seat by placing a $25.00 dollar deposit by following my Paypal link. The deposit will be applied to your project and all outstanding balances are due the day of the event. All projects are first come first serve and quantities are limited. Please reserve your projects early ladies! This will be a Ladies day out you won’t want to miss!!!

Create your masterpiece utilizing Chalk Couture Transfers and Paste. This allows everyone from the Novice Beginner to the more advanced Craft Junkie to create a perfect project every time!!! You will learn techniques and tricks while chatting with friends and making memories. Make a mistake? No worries! Chalk Couture Chalk Paste, a blend of paint and chalk, can be wiped away to erase your blunder.

Once your project is chosen please continue to check back often as I will update the event with fun videos and games. For questions or more information please message Trish or send a text to 352.442.0583.

To view more information about Chalk Couture and to see all the craft supplies available check out:

Chalk Treasures by Trish — To Reserve your Seat complete the following Google Doc to choose your project. 

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Beginner's Weaving Classes, 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