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!




Click here to view our Calendar of Events.



Signature Events

Archival Evening 2017

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.

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





Young Friends


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 bites from the area’s top resturants.  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.

Tickets now on sale! Advance General Admission tickets are $40  and VIP tickets are $100. Click here to purchase your tickets.

*EOAR is a 21+ event and will take place rain or shine. Refunds will not be issued.



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. or click here to submit payment.






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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.

Cost: Free for HSPBC members | $20 for non-members

2017-2018 Season

Presenting sponsor for the 2017 – 2018 lecture series:

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 13, 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 19, 2018             Tom Gregersen, Cultural Director, Morikami Museum, on “Yamato Colony: Pioneering Japanese in Florida”




Family Programs

Scarecrow Festival & Contest
October 28, 2017!

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.


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 90-minute guided tour showcases 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. Tours are rain or shine. Call 561.832.4164 ext. 2 with questions.


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


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.






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