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History comes to life at the Dunedin History Museum | North County

The Dunedin History Museum is pleased to present its 25th annual History Comes Alive event. We are delighted to have the opportunity to once again highlight Dunedin’s history through this outreach programme.

Each year, actors portray the citizens of Dunedin from the past and take on that individual’s persona to explain life in Dunedin at that time in history. We are fortunate to also have family photo albums, scrapbooks, artifacts and photographs from this era to help tell the stories.

This year’s special guests include one of the employees who worked at the Dunedin orange concentrate factory, a veteran of the Seminole Indian Wars who was one of the first settlers in Dunedin to receive a land grant, the owners of Dunedin’s first dairy paper and an employee of a Dunedin shop specializing in the manufacture of hand-rolled cigars.

This year’s tribute to our service members buried in the cemetery will focus on veterans of the Seminole Wars; there will be a reenactment campsite filled with soldiers and Native Americans discussing their views on those years of conflict in Florida. Soldiers will also discuss local forts such as Fort Brooke in Tampa and Fort Harrison in Clearwater.

Additionally, Troop 10 Boy Scouts will be on hand to celebrate over 100 years of the original city scout group in Dunedin, displaying scrapbooks, uniforms and photographs.

Children who come to the event will be able to participate in a question-and-answer treasure hunt with our special guests and will be able to return their papers at the end of their visit. The winner with the highest score will receive a special gift from the museum for their efforts.

History Comes Alive will take place on Saturday, February 26 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dunedin Cemetery at 2400 Keene Road. The cemetery entrance is on Keene Road, between the Virginia and Beltrees traffic lights. Fees are collected at the cemetery entrance and can only be purchased on the day of the event.

The entrance fee is $10 per person for members and $15 per person for non-members, which provides parking, the military camp, a historical history guide and a guide map to locate the re-enactors throughout the cemetery. If the event is canceled due to bad weather, the rescheduled date will be Saturday, March 6.

As in previous years, we would like to thank the City of Dunedin and the Department of Parks and Recreation, Tom and Alice Anderson, the Fox Foundation, the Florida Department of State, and the Division of Cultural Resources and the Arts for their assistance for hosting this event. With the recent passing of Alice Anderson, who was a friend and benefactor of the museum and this event, the museum is dedicating this year “History Comes Alive” in her honor.

Vinnie Luisi is director of the Dunedin History Museum.