A Look Back at Past Elections


There’s a saying that goes like this: “The more things change, the more they remain the same.” I believe this is especially true in politics. This past week has been a nail-biter when it came to the presidential election, one that saw many people rejoice and many others lament. But this isn’t rare in politics. Several elections of the twentieth century and one in the twenty-first century were controversial and contentious. 

Pages of the Past

It’s time to get back into our time machine and see what was happening in Hernando County some eighty or so years ago.  Our first stop is October 21, 1938 as it appears on the pages of that day’s Brooksville Sun. The country was still recovering from the stock market crash of 1929 and in Europe ominous events were taking place. Hitler had just invaded a part of Czechoslovakia known as the Sudetenland, thanks to the appeasement policies of Britain, France and Italy. The United States was not involved in the goings-on at that time.

A Trip Back Fifty-One Years

World War II has been over for twenty-four years, but another war is raging in Viet Nam. The space race has been launched, resulting in Americans landing on the moon. Three prominent American figures have been assassinated – President John F. Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert Kennedy. The Civil Rights Act has been signed into law and the War on Poverty has started. 


It’s worth the climb to the third floor of the May-Stringer Museum. You’ll find yourself in the base of the tower and at the entrance to the fascinating attic.

This small area serves as an exhibit space for a collection of cameras and photographs.  Professional photographers plied their trade during the Civil War. Soldiers often ’sat for their likeness’ so their families would have something to remember them by if they didn’t make it home from the War. Studio portraits were common after the War.