About this anniversary section

Published October 13, 2006

In February 1993, when Hernando County celebrated its 150th birthday, the Times published a special section that included stories about the county's history, its founding families and its communities.

That section is one of my prized possessions, and I suspect a number of readers held on to it, too. I keep mine in my bottom desk drawer and refer to it from time to time. It's a valuable tool in teaching new reporters about Hernando history.

So, as Brooksville approached the celebration of its sesquicentennial this year, we wanted to do something again to mark an important milestone in the city's - and county's - history.

What you're holding today represents months of work - research, interviews and photography - by staff writer Michael Kruse and photojournalist Edmund D. Fountain. It's the story of Brooksville, told by the people who have lived it for seven, eight or more decades. These folks represent generations that helped shape the city and county into what they are today.

In a county where the vast majority of residents were born and grew up elsewhere, I think these history lessons are invaluable. They help us better understand the place we call home today.

This section, coverage elsewhere in today's paper and the audio-visual presentation you can find on our Web site - www.tampabay.com - are really just a kickoff as Brooksville begins to celebrate Founders Week. Look for more stories about Brooksville and Hernando history throughout the coming week, as well as coverage of some of the events the city has planned.

We also have scheduled a panel discussion with Kruse, Fountain and several of the people interviewed for this section at noon Thursday at Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., in downtown Brooksville. It's open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

We invite you to read, participate and enjoy.

Mike Konrad

Hernando Times editor