Events in April–September 2019
Distinguished Lecture Series
James M. Denham
Florida Founder William P. Duval: Frontier Bon Vivant
William P. DuVal (1784-1854) hailed originally from Virginia but matured on the Kentucky frontier before being appointed territorial governor of Florida in 1822. He founded the territorial capital of Tallahassee, presided at the first meetings of the legislative council, and oversaw relations with the Seminoles. DuVal was part frontiersman and part sophisticate, at home in the wilds of Kentucky, Florida, Texas, and Washington City. He delighted in telling tall tales, jests, and anecdotes that epitomized America’s expansive, democratic vistas, captivating among others Washington Irving and James Kirke Paulding, who used DuVal’s tall tales as inspiration for their fiction. Denham, professor of history at Florida Southern College and director of the Lawton M. Chiles Center for Florida History, will share DuVal’s life and times, and sign copies of his book during a reception following the lecture.
- Afternoon Lecture
Third Thursday @ 3 was initiated to provide a daytime option for those who want to learn more Palm Beach County history. Attendees are encouraged to visit the admission-free Johnson History Museum on the 2nd floor before or after the lectures.
Third Thursday @ 3 lecture series presents:
Thursday, January 17, 2019
Patricia Zeiler, Executive Director, Fort Lauderdale Historical Society
From a Fort to a City on the New River
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Jamie Stuve, President & CEO, Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum
Elevating History: The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Legacy
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Sara Ayers-Rigsby, Director, Southwest and Southeast Regions, Florida Public Archaeology Network
The Long Lens of History: Recent excavations at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Kate Bradley, Archivist & Research Librarian, Henry Morrison Flagler Museum
Henry Flagler’s Whitehall and the Gilded Age
- Walking Tour
Saturday Historic Walking Tours
Explore downtown WPB’s history during an interactive Walking History Tour on the first and third Saturday, November through April! In partnership with the City of West Palm Beach Green Market, the 90-minute guided tour will start at 10 a.m. and be led by architect and historian Rick Gonzalez. The tours will highlight the evolution of downtown West Palm Beach buildings and landmarks.
Tours begin “by the Banyan tree” on the north end of Clematis Street, 101 N. Clematis St., and end at the Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum, at 300 N. Dixie Hwy.
Tickets are $10 per person and there is a minimum 5 reservations for the tour to take place. The Historic Walking tour is sponsored by REG Architects and the City of West Palm Beach. Proceeds from the walking tour benefit the Historical Society of Palm Beach County
- Great Give
Great Give is a 24-hour online giving event designed to raise as much money as possible for hundreds of local nonprofits in a single day. Visit our profile to learn how you can help us meet our goals!
- Sunset History Cruise
Sunset History Cruise
Join the Society for an intimate Sunset History Cruise to benefit education programs for local school children aboard the Mariner III, a 122-foot classic motor yacht built in 1926.
Tickets are $150.00 per person. Space is limited.
For more information or to reserve your spot, please call 561.832.4164 ext. 100.
- Armed Forces Day
Armed Forces Day
The Historical Society of Palm Beach County honors U.S. troops annually with a free family event in celebration of Armed Forces Day. Visitors to the Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum will be entertained and informed during a colorful commemoration of our nation’s military history and Palm Beach County’s veterans. Displays and presentations will share the county’s role in American war efforts and local battles fought on native soil.
This event is free and open to the public. Free parking is provided in the 4th street lot across for the fire station.
Join our mailing list here to stay up-to-date on this event and all upcoming HSPBC events!