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( ) Individual $30 / ( ) Family $50 / ( ) Business $100
( ) Youth, 18 and under $5
If you would like to become a benefactor of the
historical society, a donation of $500 or more entitles
you to lifetime membership.
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How to contact us
The West Pasco Historical Society operates
the Rao Musunuru, M. D., Museum and
Library in Sims Park. Our mailing address is:
West Pasco Historical Society, 6431 Circle
Blvd., New Port Richey FL 34652. Our
telephone number is 727-847-0680.
Our email address is
Our web site is at
Preserving and sharing our
local history, in the little old
schoolhouse in Sims Park.
About the WPHS
The exhibits at the museum recall our local
history. They represent entities such as Zane
Rankin’s Grocery, Dr. Edwin C. Brookman’s
medical office, the Hacienda Hotel, and the
home of movie star Thomas Meighan.
Our library stocks many books about Florida
history and almost every book that has been
published about Pasco County history.
Our gift shop stocks local history books,
works of fiction by local authors, and
We have preserved almost every surviving
issue of the New Port Richey Press, the
community’s local weekly newspaper, from
1918 to the 1960s. They have been
laminated and can be viewed in the library.
We recently digitized the newspapers from
1918 to 1947 to ensure their long-term
Our web site includes more information
about the historical society, and a link to
thousands of old photographs we have
scanned at a photo-sharing site known as
One of our board members has recently
published a history of New Port Richey, and
another board member maintains a web site
with a vast amount of information about
Pasco County history.
Join us and become a
History of the
The West Pasco Historical Society was
formed in 1973. Julie Obenreder served as
our first President. Members originally met
at various locations around town, and the
growing number of donated local items were
stored in members’ garages.
The first goal of the new historical society
was to publish a hard-cover history of
western Pasco County. In 1975, West Pasco’s
Heritage was published by a local printer,
and written entirely without the help of the
In 1981, Alex Acey donated to the WPHS an
old residence on Little Road which was built
in 1915 and initially served for ten years as
the two-room Seven Springs schoolhouse.
The historical society moved the building to
Sims Park over several days in October 1981
and, after extensive renovation, dedicated
the building as our museum on Jan. 16, 1983.
In 1992 the library addition was built.
The interior of the building was extensively
remodeled in 2010 and 2011. At the grand
re-opening ceremony on Sept. 10, 2011, the
museum was re-named the Rao Musunuru,
M. D., Museum and Library, in honor of a
If you become a member of the West Pasco
Historical Society, you’ll be supporting our
mission of acquiring and sharing our local
history, and you can participate in this
process. You’ll receive by mail our quarterly
newsletter to keep up with what’s going on,
and notifications by post card or email of
scheduled events, such as speakers on local
history on Saturdays.
The museum is currently open on Fridays
and Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. By
volunteering you can help your community,
learn something new, have fun, and make
new friends. If you have special skills, they
may be just what we need.
The museum has expanded hours during
certain events such as the Chasco Fiesta. And
we are happy to arrange tours at other hours
convenient for your group.
There is no charge for admission to the
museum, although donations are welcome.
Our staff consists entirely of volunteers.
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