From the Editors of the Tustenegee:
Welcome to the Spring & Fall 2016 edition of The Tustenegee. In this issue we honor James Ponce, the Town of Palm Beach’s first two legged designated historic landmark, whom we lost last December. In 2011, Debi Murray was fortunate to be able to interview Jim, who was recovering from surgery related to a fall he’d had that spring. Thinking that they would talk for an hour or two, Debi was surprised when Jim insisted he was fit to talk longer. After four hours of conversation, they called it a day, and Debi was exhausted from this marathon. Jim seemed as if he could have continued for far longer, but he said he thought he’d covered everything he’d set out to. We hope you enjoy reading about this remarkable man’s life.
This issue marks the end of Richard “Tony” Marconi’s tenure at the Historical Society. Tony and his wife have relocated to Clearwater, making the commute too long to maintain his post as our education curator. We hope that he will continue to share his knowledge in future issues of The Tustenegee as his time allows. Tony started with the Historical Society as an intern in 2000, and by 2003 had joined us as a member of the staff. He helped navigate the organization through its phenomenal growth in adding a full-fledged museum, and he will be greatly missed.
The Historical Society has welcomed Rose Gualtieri as our newest staff member and Tony’s successor. As education coordinator, her primary tasks will include training docents, developing new education programs, working with educators across the county, and producing new editions of The Tustenegee. Please be sure to welcome Rose when you have the chance.
As always, we are looking for articles for future issues. Do you like to research? Do you like to write? Combine the two and submit an article about Palm Beach County or Florida history to share with our readers.
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