Dunedin Historic Society and Museum Unveil Bronze Statues
PDR CPA shareholders Nancy Ridenour, Bill Price and Ann Paxton attended the unveiling and dedication service at the Dunedin Historic Society and Museum on Friday, October 11, 2013.
Three historic bronze statues were unveiled in front of the museum in honor of Melba Rilott’s contribution to the community of Dunedin and the historical museum. The statues included a train conductor calling for the final train boarding and a mother and child rushing to get on the train.
The museum is located on the corner of Main Street and the Pinellas Trail in Dunedin, Florida. It was originally a train station and now exhibits railroad materials, equipment, telegraph material and original materials from the Dunedin Railroad. It is home to approximately 2,000 artifacts, 2,500 photographs and a library containing 200 volumes of local and Florida history. Included in the library collection is an electronic archive of the Dunedin Times Newspaper from 1924 through 1965.
The permanent exhibit showcases statewide topics of the railroad and citrus industry. The exhibits trace the evolution of railroad companies that flourished in Florida with highlights from Pinellas County. It highlights regional topics such as Dunedin’s multicultural origins and its pioneering families. It also includes Mease Hospital’s first years, the development of the alligator tank used by the U.S. Marines during WWII in the Pacific and natural habitats we enjoy locally such as Caladesi and Honeymoon Isle. The Toronto Blue Jays are also highlighted.
The museum also has temporary exhibits including these current exhibits: The Florida Red Cross, Dunedin’s Country Doctors, Vintage Toys and Air and Space History. The museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information, visit their website at http://www.dunedinmuseum.org.