Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Ruskin History Center Dedication

Ruskin History Center Dedication

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

8AM to 9AM

Lobby of the SunTrust Bank

502 North U.S. Highway 41

Ruskin, Florida 33570

For Immediate Release



Fred Jacobsen

813 298-6028



After months of preparation, the "first 16 feet" of the Ruskin History Center will dedicated in ceremonies Tuesday, Oct 21, 2008 at 8 AM. These first two display cabinets are graciously being hosted in the lobby of the SunTrust Bank of Ruskin at 502 North US Hwy 41. Artifacts from Ruskin's timeline include at one end, fossils from the Paleozoic era found by Frank Garcia in the Leisey shell pits of Ruskin and continue up through the groundbreaking of the new HCC SouthShore campus.


"The long-term goal is to be able to house and display much more of Ruskin's history as part of a larger community center perhaps supporting the community's  Ruskin Town Center revitalization plan,"  said Mr. Jacobsen, director of the Ruskin Historical Society.


Additionally, Frank Garcia will be receiving the 3rd Annual Historic Preservation Award from the Ruskin Historical Society. "Frank Garcia has done much to preserve and document Ruskin's very early history and has brought international recognition to the area. Frank Garcia founded the Paleo Preserve exhibit at Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center and next week will be adding additional display and classroom space there," said Mr. Jacobsen.


The Ruskin Historical Society is a project of the non-profit Ruskin Community Development Foundation.

More information about Ruskin's history can be found at the website


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