Historical Society
Special Events
Educate, Inspire, and Surprise!

The Historical Society of Palm Beach County and the Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum host a number of events throughout the year, from family days at the Museum and Young Friend get-togethers to ticketed dinner dances.  Many special events are fundraisers for the HSPBC and Museum, and invitations and announcements are mailed to Society members.  Our list of events grows and changes all the time, so make sure you do not miss out!  Please accept this invitation: become a member and keep your membership current.  We look forward to seeing you!

Download our Season Guide here to stay up-to-date on all upcoming events.

Click here to view our Calendar of Events.

 

Signature Events

Archival Evening 2017

2016 Archival Evening Honoree Pat Johnson with daughter Cathy Flagg

Archival Evening is the premier annual benefit for the HSPBC. The evening pays tribute to individuals whose achievements have substantially contributed to the area’s unique character.  Guests are the who’s-who in the Palm Beach social scene.  We are pleased to be honoring Nancy G. Brinker at this year’s elegant affair.

Sixteenth Annual Archival Evening Dinner Dance
December 2017 | 7:00 PM |  Palm Beach
By Invitation Only  |  561.832.4164 

For sponsorship information, please contact Holly Finch at 561.832.4164 ext. 106.

 

 

Archival Evening 2016 Planning Committee Members

 

 

Young Friends

September 19, 2017:
Cocktails in Paradise: Corner Porch

This event is rescheduled for 2018. Please check back for updates or click here to join our mailing list today and stay up-to-date on all of our upcoming events, including the next Cocktails in Paradise!

October 24, 2017:
Cocktails in Paradise: The Butcher Shop Beer Garden & Grill

Cocktails in Paradise, a series of social events that celebrate our county’s shared legacy at historic venues, returns to West Palm Beach at The Butcher Shop. Members, guests, and history lovers are invited to join supporters of the Historical Society of Palm Beach County (HSPBC) on Tuesday, October 24, 2017.

 

 

 


Members of the HSPBC may purchase tickets for $25 (non-members $35) here or by calling 561.832.4164 ext 2.  Tickets entitle guests to two drinks and light bites.  All proceeds will be benefit the HSPBC education programs.

 

Cocktails in Paradise events have been hosted at a variety of historic hotspots around the county, including the Square Grouper Tiki Bar in Jupiter, Café Boulud in Palm Beach, and the Sundy House in Delray Beach.  Join the Historical Society of Palm Beach County at hspbc.org, or call 561.832.4164 for more information.

 

 

November 18, 2017
EOAR Appraisal Event by Skinner

10:00 am – 3:00pm

Find Out What Your Antiques Are Worth

Meet with a Skinner expert appraiser for a complimentary auction evaluation of your Antiques & Fine Art, Jewelry & Silver. The nationally recognized appraisers will be holding a consignment event at the Historical Society of Palm Beach County. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of any items consigned at this event will benefit the Historical Society of Palm Beach County.

Free to the public but appointments are required. To schedule an appointment please contact Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers Coral Gables office at 305.503.4423 or Florida@Skinnerinc.com

 

 

March 3, 2018:
Evening on Antique Row

Evening on Antique Row, a signature fundraising event benefitting the Historical Society of Palm Beach County, will be held Saturday, March 3, 2018, in partnership with the Antique Row Association. The event closes Dixie Highway between Southern Boulevard and Monroe Drive to vehicles, allowing visitors to explore the area’s unique shops, which stay open late to tempt attendees with 17th- to 20th-century antiques, decorative arts, fine art, and design services.

In addition to luxe shopping, the street festival brings “the Row” to life with live music, entertainment and games, cocktails, and gourmet food trucks.  At the heart of the event is a desire to elevate and increase awareness of this historic commercial area that is key to Palm Beach County’s reputation as a cultural, dining, and shopping destination.

Becoming a sponsor of Evening on Antique Row has many benefits. To learn more, please contact Holly Finch at 561.832.4164 ext. 106 or hfinch@historicalsocietypbc.org.

 

 

 

 

 

Check back for updates or click here to join our mailing list today and stay up-to-date on all of our upcoming events!

 

 

 

Lecture Series

Distinguished Lecture Series

What:  The Distinguished Lecture Series primarily features authors who speak on historical books or events aligned with our mission: sharing the history of Palm Beach County, Florida, and the Caribbean. Presentations are followed by a light reception, and book signing when appropriate. Authors’ books are available for sale in the Museum Gift Shop.

When:  Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m.

Where: Historic Courtroom, 3rd floor, 1916 County Court House, 300 N. Dixie Highway, downtown West Palm Beach. Free parking is available on lecture nights starting at 6:00 p.m., in the lot accessible from 4th Street that is across from the fire station.

2017-2018 Season

November 8, 2017
Donn R. Colee Jr. — Florida Broadcasting
Donn Colee will speak on his book Towers in the Sand: The History of Florida Broadcasting, a social history of Florida from the 1920s land rush through the Great Depression, with devastating hurricanes, the post-WWII boom, local TV stars, rock ‘n’ roll, heroes and scalawags, deregulation, the Internet, and an uncertain future.

January 10, 2018
Peter Leo — The Jupiter Wreck
In 1987 Leo, an ocean lifeguard on his morning swim, discovered the Spanish vessel San Miguel de Archangel, which had foundered off Jupiter Inlet in 1659. Leo uncovered anchors, cannons, silver and gold bullion, and thousands of Spanish coins. He will display photos and artifacts, and relate how ownership was dragged through State and Federal courts.

February 14, 2018
Dr. Tameka Bradley Hobbs — Strange Fruit in the Sunshine State
For Black History Month, Hobbs presents her book Democracy Abroad, Lynching at Home: Racial Violence in Florida, where she uses primary sources and oral testimonies of African American witnesses and survivors to examine four lynchings and their place in the “lynching era” in the United States, 1882-1930.

March 14, 2018: Deborah C. Pollack – Bad Scarlett
Pollack discusses her latest book, a biography of Bad Scarlett: The Extraordinary Life of the Notorious Southern Beauty Marie Boozer (1846-1908), the true, redemptive story of a South Carolina belle who became a scandalous divorcée in New York and London, a Paris courtesan defying police authority, and a countess and world citizen – while her half-sisters raised families in pioneer Florida.

Apr. 11, 2018: Sandra Henderson Thurlow – The U.S. Life-Saving Service (wc 55)
Two of Thurlow’s several books focus on Florida’s ten houses of refuge, built by the U.S. Life-Saving Service, forerunner of the U.S. Coast Guard. One remains: Gilbert’s Bar House of Refuge, now a museum managed by the Historical Society of Martin County. Thurlow will discuss her latest book, U.S. Life Saving Service—Florida’s East Coast.

 

 

Third Thursday @ 3 Lecture Series

What:  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.

When:  3:00 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month during the season

Where:  Historic Courtroom, 3rd floor, 1916 County Court House, 300 N. Dixie Highway, downtown West Palm Beach.  Free parking is available on lecture nights starting at 6:00 p.m., in the lot accessible from 4th Street across from the firehouse.

2017-2018 Season:

January 18, 2018       Dorothy Block, M.A., on “Archaeology and History of a Watery World: the Northern Everglades”

February 15, 2018     Charlene Farrington, Director, Spady Cultural Heritage Museum

March 15, 2018          Jane S. Day, Ph.D. on “Extraordinary Architecture, Influential People: Historic Preservation in the Town of Palm Beach”

April 20, 2018             Tom Gregersen, Cultural Director, Morikami Museum, on “Yamato Colony: Pioneering Japanese in Florida”

 

 

 

Family Programs

Scarecrow Festival & Contest
October 28, 2017!

Save the Date! Scarecrow Festival & Contest is right around the corner! The family event is held on the grounds of the Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum at the Historic 1916 Court House on Saturday, October 28. It features kids’ activities, arts & crafts, live music, food, agriculture booths, and the renowned Scarecrow competition.

The voting and judging for the Scarecrow Contest draws employees and families from businesses, schools, and community groups vying for cash prizes and a trophy.  Holding with tradition, the courthouse lawn will be filled with fall family activities such as mini-pumpkin decorating, a haystack hunt for treats, face painting, corn shucking, and crafts. Inside the admission free Johnson History Museum, docents will lead tours of the new exhibition, “Shipwreck: Discovering Lost Treasures.” This year’s agriculture displays will be bigger and better than ever, and the bake sale always delivers delicious classic and creative treats. For the competitive eaters out there, the pie-eating contest is a don’t-miss!

The all-inclusive admission is $10 per person (children under 3 are free); proceeds help provide free education programs and field trip transportation to local schools.

The 2017 Scarecrow Festival Steering Committee includes Morgan Cintron, Victoria Day, Elizabeth DeBrule, Jillian Forrest, Mary Freitas, Liza Griffin, Sunni Johnson, Liza Smith, and Sophia Stone.

Sponsored by:
The Pat Moran Family foundation
Musical entertainment sponsored: The West Palm Beach Art and Entertainment District and the WPB Downtown Development Authority
Agricultural Sponsor: Florida Crystals
Craft Sponsor:
Mark and Mary Freitas
Additional Sponsors
: Blue Ocean Capital, Corporate Properties Services, Erneston & Sons, Inc., Garden of Life, Haifa Limestone, Palm Beach Kennel Club, Rhythm & Hues, Sandy James Fine Food, Sloan’s Ice Cream, The Cathleen McFarlane Foundation, Inc., West Palm Beach Fire Rescue

Now accepting entry forms for the Scarecrow Contest! This year’s contest features a historic Palm Beach theme in honor of the 80th anniversary of the Historical Society of Palm Beach County. Scarecrows should reflect the rich history of Palm Beach County by portraying a historical figure, time period, or historically significant event that took place in PBC. Need ideas? Visit pbchistoryonline.org for inspiration!

Download the Youth/Family/Troop/school entry here!

Download the Business entry form here!

Click here to purchase your tickets online or call 561. 832.4164 ext. 2

 

Interested in being a sponsor? Download the sponsor package here or contact Holly Finch, Director of Advancement and Communications at 561.832.4164 ext. 106 or by email.

 

Join our mailing list here to stay up-to-date on this event and all upcoming events HSPBC will present during the 2017- 2018 season!

 

 

History Tours

 

Historical Walking Tours



Friday Historical Walking Tours

Take a step back in time on our Historical Walking Tours! The HSPBC hosts Downtown West Palm Beach History Strolls led by architect and historian Rick Gonzalez of REG Architects. The one-hour guided tours showcase the evolution of the city’s buildings and landmarks, including a historical overview of urban design through recent area development. The tours have been organized each season since the development of CityPlace in West Palm Beach.

4:00 pm Friday tours begin at the second-floor entrance to the historic 1916 Courthouse, 300 N Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach. The tour fee is $10 per person with reservations required at hspbc.org. Tours are rain or shine; refunds are available only if a minimum 10 reservations are not achieved. Call 561.832.4164 ext. 2 with questions.

Click here to purchase your ticket online or call 561.832.4164 ext. 2

 

Walking tours are rain or shine. Refunds will only be given if tour is canceled because the minimum number of reservations is not met.

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.

 


Saturday Historic Walking Tours

Explore downtown WPB’s history during an interactive Walking History Tour on the first and third Saturday, October 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 10 reservations for the tour to take place.

Click here to purchase your tickets online or call 561.832.4164 ext. 2

Walking tours are rain or shine. Refunds will only be given if tour is canceled because the minimum number of reservations is not met..

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

 

Sunset History Cruise:  April  2018

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.

 

 

 

 

Trolley Tours

The Downtown Development Authority and Historical Society of Palm Beach County have partnered to bring History Trolley Tours to the Downtown! The 45-minute tour takes place in the 1945 era just as World War II is ending. The tour is led by “Evelyn Chapman,” a character who is a West Palm Beach native and engaged to a serviceman returning home from the war. She takes patrons on a journey through the Clematis District’s vibrant development and distinctive architectural styles, from the pioneering days of the early 1900s and the real estate boom of the 1920s to the continued revitalization present today. Tours are $5 per person and reservations are required. For details, please call the DDA at 561-833-8873. The DDA is closed on Saturday and Sunday.

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