The preservation of Astor’s rich history has always been on the minds of locals for years. One of these was Leila Gustafson, who tried unsuccessfully for years to open a museum. This finally motivated a group of people to get together and see how they could preserve Astor’s history. In May of 2010 a group of local historians met at the Astor County Library and with the help of Gail Morris of the Lake County Historical Society they elected to start the Astor Area Historical Society. They have collected books, documents and photographs which they keep at the library where they continue to meet. The Astor Area Historical Society will be hosting their first public event, a Florida Cracker Luncheon to be held at the ACA building at 24148 Ann Street on October 22 for a donation of $10.00 with music provided by the Jackson Street String Band. Anyone interested can call Edith Hendrickson at the Astor County Library at 352-759-9913.