We deliver! Let us bring the richness of Palm Beach County history to your workplace or community group. Speakers from the Historical Society will open a window to our county’s past through lectures enhanced by PowerPoint presentations. We offer two categories:
Lectures by our Academic Team
The requested honorarium for a member of our academic team is $150, payable to the Historical Society of Palm Beach County.
- Coconuts, Beaches, Mosquitoes, and Panthers: The Pioneer Era of Palm Beach County 1860-1893 – This lecture views the Pioneer Era, as it would become known, in Palm Beach County. Today Palm Beach County is a modern paradise, easily reached from anywhere in the world. But in the late 19th century, getting here was not so easy. As a matter of fact, when you arrived, a lush jungle paradise greeted you, from which you would have to hack out your homestead. We will journey back in time to look at the difficulties of getting here, the early homes of the settlers, life-saving stations, food, pioneer hotels, mosquitoes, and pioneer life in what they thought was a “Garden of Eden.”
- Ancient People of South Florida: A Trail of Palm Beach County Heritage – Many are surprised to learn that Palm Beach County’s rich history stretches back 12,000 years. This lecture will introduce the county’s earliest Native American residents through historic sites and markers from Jupiter to Boca Raton, and from West Palm Beach to the Glades.
- Paradise in Peril: World War II in Palm Beach County: “Paradise in Peril” examines the military presence in Palm Beach County during World War II and civilian activities towards the war effort. Included are the importance of the county’s contributions, including two army air bases, a secret listen station, civilian organizations, U-boat hunters, the Coast Guard, military hospitals, and a POW camp.
Lectures by our Volunteer Speakers Bureau
Our Volunteers present lectures about the Historical Society and the Johnson History Museum free of charge, though donations are always appreciated.
- The Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum – This lecture introduces the Historical Society of Palm Beach County and its Johnson History Museum. The audience learns about all that we do, as well as tidbits of history in a mini-tour of the Museum’s two permanent People and Place galleries, and the current Special Exhibit.
- History of Palm Beach – This story of the early decades of “the Island” uses the book Images of America: West Palm Beach 1893 to 1950 by Debi Murray (HSPBC Chief Curator) and Richard A. “Tony” Marconi (former HSPBC Curator of Education).
- History of West Palm Beach – This review of the history of the town created by Flagler to support his Palm Beach resorts is based on the book Images of America: West Palm Beach 1893 to 1950 by Richard A. “Tony” Marconi (former HSPBC Curator of Education) and Lynn Lasseter Drake.
Programs run between 20 and 60 minutes and can be tailored to fit your interests by making arrangements in advance. If you don’t see a topic that fits your needs, call or email and we’ll see if we can develop a program to meet the interests of your organization.
Please schedule lectures at least three weeks in advance.
When requesting a speaker, please provide the following information:
- Organization name
- Date, time, and purpose of the program
- The audience the program will address
- Location of program, address
- Name, phone, and email address of program coordinator
For more information please click here to email Rhonda Gordon, Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator, or call 561-832-4164 ext. 110.