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 Society and Museum, and invitations and announcements are mailed to Historical Society members.  Our list of events is growing and changing 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 of upcoming events.

Click here to view our Calendar of Events

 

Signature Events

Archival Evening 2016

Archival Evening is the premier annual benefit for the Historical Society. The evening pays tribute to individuals whose achievements have substantially contributed to the area’s unique character.  Guests are the who’s who from Palm Beach’s social scene. This year we honor Richard and Pat Johnson for their patronage of the Historical Society’s important mission over the years and their leadership in the capital campaign that made our county history museum a reality.

Archival Evening 2016 Honorees, Pat and Richard Johnson

Archival Evening 2016 Honorees, Pat and Richard Johnson

Richard and Pat Johnson: An Historic Legacy
Fifteenth Annual Archival Evening Dinner Dance
December 13, 2016 | 7:00 PM | Sailfish Club, Palm Beach
By Invitation Only  |  561.832.4164 ext. 106

Chairpersons
Helene and Keith Austin
Cathy and Jack Flagg
Charlene and Richard Johnson
Kristy and Scott Johnson
Patt and Bill Sned

 

 

 

Major Sponsors
The Richard and Pat Johnson Family – Grand Presenting Sponsor
Nievera Williams Designs – Evening Exhibition Sponsor
Julie and Michael Connors – Evening Champagne Sponsor
Mark Edward Partners – Cocktail Reception Sponsor
Kirchhoff and Associates Architects – Evening Entertainment Sponsor
Signature Collection, Inc. – Evening Invitation Sponsor
Palm Beach Illustrated Magazine – 2016 – 2017 Media Sponsor

Pioneer Family Sponsor
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Carol & Harold Baxter
Susan and George Cohan
Maigi and Peter Madden
Miriam & Steve Kimsey
Nancy and Joseph Sambuco

Pioneer Business Sponsors
Anderson Moore Construction Corp. |Jennifer and Christopher Harris
Bush Brothers Provision Co. | Nancy Jane and Harry Bush
Eastgate Whitehouse, LLC | William Koeppel
US Sugar

ARCHIVAL EVENING COMMITTEE
Ann-Britt and Christian Angle
John Archer and Natalie Geary
Linda and Guy Ashley
Jeanne and Jim Beasley
James Berwind and Kevin Clark
Nancy Brinker
Dawn and Gary Burkhead
Lindsay Connor and Daniel Seigel
Julie and Michael Connors
Martha DeBrule
Mark Elhilow
Nicole Dina and Keith Williams
Gay and Stanley Gaines
Lynn and Russell Kelley
Carol and Tom Kirchhoff
Fruema and Elliot Klorfein
Pat and Howard Lester
Cathy and Duane Lewis
Kay and Peter Lyons
Ross W.W. Meltzer and Victor Figueredo
Penny and Alan Murphy
Kristy and Grier Pressly
Frances Scaife
Lesly Smith
Sonja and Mark Stevens
Karen and Dan Swanson
Connie and David Thomas
Jane and Dean Woodman

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Young Friends

March 4, 2017:  Evening on Antique Row

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Evening on Antique Row, the signature fundraising event benefitting the Historical Society of Palm Beach County, will be held Saturday, March 4, 2017, 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, which is key to Palm Beach County’s reputation as a cultural, dining, and shopping destination.

 

EOAR tickets are now on sale! Click here to purchase your advance tickets!

Have questions? Visit our FAQ page here!

EOAR would not be possible without out the support from these 2017 sponsors:

Our 2017 Major sponsors include:
Hedrick Brothers Construction – VIP Atlas After-party photo Booth Sponsor
Palm Beach Illustrated – Official 2016-17 Magazine Sponsor
Atlas Event Rentals – VIP Lounge and After-party Decor Sponsor
Kirchhoff & Associates Architects – VIP Kick-off Party Sponsor
Leeds Custom Design
Nievera Williams
Alpha Media West Palm Beach and Sunny 103.7 – Exclusive Radio Sponsor
Sciame Homes
Okeechobee Steakhouse– VIP Lounge and After-Party Food Sponsor

Additional #EOAR17 sponsors include:
Armstrong Landscape Group
Black Coral Rum
Blue Ocean Capital
Capehart Photography
City of West Palm Beach
Discover the Palm Beaches
Florida Sugarcane League
Flagler Realty & Development Inc.
Foliage Design Palm Beach

FrutaPOP
McMow Art Glass

Palm Beach Garage
Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, P.A.
Skier Law Firm
Titos Vodka
Very Important Paws
Window Gang of Palm Beach

Are you Hungry? We have some great food trucks and caterers lined up for this year’s event including:
InspirAsian, Virgo Bomb, CrayZlicious, Scoop Coop, Needa Pita, Hampton forks, Sandy James Fine Food Productions, Gourmet Galaxy, Belle and Maxwell’s, Don Ramon!

Becoming a sponsor of Evening on Antique Row has many benefits. For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Holly Finch at 561.832.4164 or hfinch@hspbc.org.

Click here to Submit your sponsorship today or download our sponsorship form here for more information.

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!

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 across from the firehouse.

2016-2017 Season

November 9, 2016     Janet M. DeVries & Ginger L. Pedersen on their most recent book, Legendary Locals of West Palm Beach (2015)

January 11, 2017       Kevin M. McCarthy on one of his many books, Baseball in Florida (1996)

February 8, 2017      Tommy Hutton on his life as a former Major League Baseball player and color analyst for the Miami Marlins

March 8, 2017           TBA

April 12, 2017            Rick Gonzalez and Robin Lunsford on “Restoration of the Historic 1916 Court House”
April’s lecture is generously sponsored by Wilmington Trust

 

Third Thursdays @ 3 Lecture Series

What:  Third Thursdays @ 3 were started 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.

2016-2017 Season:

January 19, 2017       Sue Gillis, Curator, Boca Raton Historical Society, on “Boomtime in Boca”

February 16, 2017     George Poncy (writing as George Williams), on his book, Snow on the Palms (2012)

March 16, 2017          Josh Liller, Collection Manager, Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, on “The History of the Jupiter Light”

April 20, 2017             Sandra Thompson, author of Palm Beach: A Retrospective, The Art of Sandra Thompson (2011)

 

 

Family Programs

October 22, 2016 Scarecrow Festival and Contest!

The lawn of the historic 1916 Courthouse will be filled with crowd favorites like pumpkin decorating, corn husk dolls, games, live music by Americana Jones, and more! Inside, there will be a scavenger hunt in the COOL Johnson History Museum.

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There is still time to submit your Scarecrow entry forms ! $600 in cash prizes awarded to the best crafted scarecrows! Once again, the annual competition of the Scarecrow Contest is a big draw, with schools, individuals, businesses, and community groups vying for cash prizes with their homemade scarecrows.

Download an entry form HERE and submit your own inspired creation! Entry forms due by October 19, 2016.

Advanced ticket sales have ended. Tickets can be purchased at the gate starting at 2:00pm.

 

Free event parking on 4th Street across from the fire station!

 

 

Scarecrow Festival and Contest would not be possible without our 2016 sponsors!
Major Sponsors:
The Pat Moran Family Foundation

Musical Entertainment Sponsor:
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Agricultural Area Sponsor:
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Bake Sale Sponsor:
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Additional 2016 sponsors:
Blue Ocean Capital
Cathleen McFarlane Foundation, Inc.
Capehart Photography
Cheney Brothers, Inc.
Cool Beans Play Cafe – Downtown at the Gardens
Corporate Property Services, Inc.
Edward Jones | James Smeenge
Erneston & Son’s Produce
Mark Edward Partners
McCranels Orthodontics
Murray Guari Trial Attorneys P.L.
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Palm Beach Kennel Club
picnic fashion
Sloan’s Ice Cream
The Professional Firefighters and Paramedics Benevolent Fund of PBC
Wilmington Trust Bank

Interested in being a sponsor? Download our sponsorship form here or contact Holly Finch at 561.832.4164 ext.106

 

History Tours

Sunset History Cruise, April 2017

Let historians regale you with maritime tales while navigating the scenic Lake Worth Lagoon!

Join the Society for an intimate Sunset History Cruise to benefit education programs for local students aboard the Mariner III, a 122-foot classic motor yacht built in 1926.

 

Walking Tours

Take a step back in time on our Historical Walking Tours! The Historical Society of Palm Beach County will host Downtown West Palm Beach History Strolls led by architect and historian Rick Gonzalez of REG Architects. The one-hour guided tour showcases the evolution of downtown West Palm Beach buildings and landmarks and includes an historical urban design overview through recent area development. The tours have been organized each season since the development of CityPlace, West Palm Beach.

Tour groups should meet at the Dixie Highway entrance to the historic 1916 courthouse in West Palm Beach. Advance reservations are required.

Join us on:
January 13, 2017
February 3, 2017
March 3, 2017

Tours begin at 4pm, $5 suggested donation, per person. Call 561.832.4164 ext. 100 for more information or to reserve your spot.

The Historic Walking tour is sponsored by REG Architects.

 

 

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 lead 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.

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