Ruskin Florida Centennial
1908 ~ 2008

Centennial Events for 2008:

Celebrating the founding of the first post office in Ruskin August 7, 1908

What else was going on in the world in 1908?
View some Ruskin photos from the South Shore News

August 2

  1. Back to School - Back to Nature 9am - noon
    Saturday, August 2, Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center will hold a FREE 'Back to School, Back to Nature' event. Children will participate in various activities and then receive one free school supply item per activity. Camp Bayou is seeking donations of school supplies of pens, pencils, notepads, etc. or cash donations. Contact Camp Bayou with any questions or to schedule a pickup of your donation, 813-363-5438 or campbayou@yahoo.com

August 7

  • Also Celebrating the First 100 Years
    The Pentecostal Church of the Nazarene and The Holiness Church of Christ merged in 1908 in Pilot Point, Texas and formed THE CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE. 

    • The Ruskin Community Church of the Nazarene plans to have a pancake breakfast for the community, at no charge, in the church fellowship hall,  in celebration of the Ruskin and the Nazarene centennials, on the morning of Aug.7, 2008 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 

    • The church will also have people on hand to give tours, share some history, and show some preparations for The Oct. 5th  world wide  Nazarene centennial celebration.  (813) 641-2128 501 2nd St SE Ruskin, FL 33570

  • Celebrating the First 100 Years of Ruskin
    Sweet tea, cookies, punch, history and self-guided walking tour of historic homes 1p.m. to 5 p.m. starting at the Ruskin Woman's Club.

    • Tour the original college president's home and see some historical artifacts. Several Woman's Club members will be there is period attire. Tour Map

    • From 1:00 to 2:00 Dr. Mac Miller will be speaking about the early history of the community of Ruskin. Dr. Miller is the grandson of Dr. George McA Miller  founder and first Ruskin College president.

    • From 2:00 to 2:30 Dr. Diane Alvarez will be speaking about John Ruskin the Artist. Dr. Alvarez has taught college classes in writing, grammar, literature, and literary criticism. She is currently writing a book on Nature Writers with a focus on Florida nature writing and is editor and publisher of Beauty Berry Books.

    • Paula Elliott will be on hand to display a dress from the era and discuss Victorian clothing. She will also have a display of American Girl Doll "Samantha" whose story is from the same time period.

  • Celebrating the Next 100 Years of Ruskin
    6 PM Aug. 7 come out to the Hillsborough Community College SouthShore campus at the east end of Shell Point Road. A Welcome to Ruskin event will be held at the new college

    • The Color Guard from the Ruskin VFW Post #6287 will be raising our country's flag for the first time at the campus. The flag is being donated by the Ruskin Community Development Foundation.

    • The Lennard High School Marching Band will be there to fill the air with music.

    •  Find out more about the campus and plans for the future in a "sneak" preview prior to the formal dedication sometime later in the Fall.

August 9

  1. BioBlast:100 species for Ruskin’s 100th- Saturday, August 9, 9am-noon w/ Tampa Bay Estuary Program ‘Day for the Bay’. Survey wildlife- goal to find 100 species. Pre-registration  required- Contact nanette@tbep.org or 727-893-2765.

September 15 – October 11, 2008

October 4, 2008

OCT 4 , 9am – noon;  All Ages
Begins at Ruskin Commongood Park
121 2nd ST NW
First 25 receive free sketchbook
Ruskin Historical Society

October 5, 2008

The Centennial of the Church of the Nazarene

  • The Pentecostal Church of the Nazarene and The Holiness Church of Christ merged in 1908 in Pilot Point, Texas and formed THE CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE. 

    Celebrating the Union: "The Hallelujah March" 1908

  • The The Ruskin Community Church of the Nazarene will host a program of celebration at their church. (813) 641-2128 501 2nd St SE Ruskin, FL 33570

What was going on in the world in 1908?




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