Events in June–November 2020
- Closing of Becoming West Palm Beach: Celebrating 125 Years
Closing of Becoming West Palm Beach: Celebrating 125 Years
“A stretch of the whitest of white sand, two lines of steel rails, a few acres of pineapples, a couple of houses and ‘scrub’ on every side! This was West Palm Beach in September 1894.” -From The Lake Worth Historian, 1896.
The City of West Palm Beach was incorporated in 1894. As a promising metropolitan city, West Palm Beach grew from a small ‘scrub’ town into an alluring city for tourism and residents. To celebrate the 125th anniversary, the Historical Society of Palm Beach County has developed an exhibit in their temporary gallery to highlight many of the triumphs and trials that have made West Palm Beach what it is and continues to become.
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Using primary and secondary sources, the exhibit looks at the growth of West Palm Beach as neighborhoods began to develop. West Palm Beach expanded because of the diverse history of the people, businesses, and amusements. This exhibit describes how West Palm Beach grew into a metropolis where people live, work, and play in paradise.
- Closing of Convincing A Nation
Closing of Convincing A Nation
This poster exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s final and most ambitious vision—that each U.S. citizen have equal access to economic opportunities and The American Dream. "City of Hope" examines the Poor People’s Campaign—a grassroots, multiracial movement that drew thousands of people to Washington, D.C.