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Stories by Brian Hughes

Stories by Brian Hughes

April 30, 2024
Crestview – Here’s your dose of Crestview area history for this week. As spring sets in, the pace of local activity picks up. Much of the material gleaned for this feature comes from “Crestview: The Forkland,” a comprehensive history book. Copies may be purchased at the Crestview History Museum.
April 2, 2024
Crestview –  We’re catching up on the last couple weeks of local history. This week we take a look at the local technological innovation that in about 35 years would lead to Crestview teenagers staying up all night gabbing with friends: the telephone.
March 28, 2024
The history, heroism, excitement, and drama of World War II’s European Theatre of Operations unfold once again in Spanish Trail Park as the “Race to the Rhein” reenactment returns Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6.
March 5, 2024
Ask a Crestview native directions to anyplace in town, and chances are the response will include a landmark. Want to go to the Wild Olive? It’s Mrs. Kolonowski’s old house. Looking for Gordon Martial Arts? That’s easy! It’s where the Piggly Wiggly used to be.
February 26, 2024
Here’s your dose of Crestview area history for this week. This week we take a look at one of Crestview’s first schools, a wooden structure.
February 12, 2024
Here’s your dose of Crestview area history for this week. When you visit national and state parks, take a moment to thank the young men of the Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps. Among the diverse public works projects the federal government created under President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal were construction of public parks, bridges, roads and other infrastructure we still enjoy today.
February 5, 2024
The irresistible beat of a Dixieland band, the piquant aroma of boiling crawfish, the dazzle of beads sparkling in the sun, the fruity lusciousness of a hurricane punch, and the squeals of delight as a reveler finds the baby in a slice of king cake herald the arrival of Mardi Gras at the historic Bush House.
January 31, 2024
Residents who love choral music singing and enjoy sharing their talents with like-minded folk — and the public — are invited to come to the Crestview Community Chorus’s weekly rehearsals as the ensemble prepares for its spring concert.
January 23, 2024
A brand-new martial arts black belt degree was awarded Jan. 5 as Jan Jimmo walked across the Crestview Community Center stage to receive her new rank belt.
January 12, 2024
For a city that’s officially only 108 years old (there were settlements all around the Crestview area long before the official chartering of the city), Crestview sure has a lot of fascinating history. Here’s what happened in our past, starting with the new year. Watch for a new history lesson each week.
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