Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Historical Society of Palm Beach County

  • West Palm Beach, FL
  • www.historicalsocietypbc.org

Mission Statement

To collect, preserve and make accessible to researchers and the general public artifacts and materials that help tell the story of the history of Palm Beach County to stimulate public appreciation for the rich history and cultural heritage of Palm Beach County.

Main Programs

  1. Traveling Educational Trunk Program (History)
  2. History and Civics Tabloids for 4th/7th Grade Students
  3. Field Trip School Bus Scholarship Fund
  4. Palm Beach County History Institute for Educators
  5. Individual Oral Histories
  6. History Education Journal - The Tustenegee
  7. Distinguished Lecture Series
  8. Traveling Exhibition - History Outreach
  9. Annual Armed Forces Day Event - Free to Public
Service Areas

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International

All citizens, residents and visitors to Palm Beach County, Florida in addition to historians, researchers and authors from all over the world.

ruling year

1942

President & CEO since 2011

Self-reported

Mr. Jeremy W. Johnson

Chief Curator

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Ms. Debi Murray

Keywords

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Historical education, preservation and public exhibition

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EIN

59-6158821

 Number

6021506590

Physical Address

300 North Dixie Highway

West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Also Known As

Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

Professional Societies, Associations (S03)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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HSPBC engages 35,000+ students/visitors annually in meaningful educational programming at the museum and in public elementary/middle schools. The museum offers dynamic exhibits chronicling the people/places that are uniquely PBC and provide research/reading resources to the public. They offer free access to a sample of the collection and attract diverse audiences with their variety. The success of these objectives is measured by a completed program schedule, increased attendance/membership, media coverage and visitor feedback.
*HSPBC's education programs* fulfill objectives through:
*7th Grade Civics and PBC History Tabloids: HSPBC, District, and _Palm Beach Post_ partner to develop printed materials and teacher guides that are updated/printed/distributed annually to all public schools. A teacher's guide is available on CD/online. This program meets FSSS/FSA. The Palm Beach Post delivers the tabloids to all 69 of the county's Title 1 public elementary/middle schools. Tabloids cover PBC/Florida geography, Native Americans, PBC's Pioneer and Flagler eras, pre- and post-WWII to the present, PBC's diverse multicultural groups, and the Colonial, Territorial and Statehood periods.
*Traveling Educational Trunks: These free classroom resources contain teaching materials/activities to help students understand the history of PBC/Florida. The program meets FSSS. (Themes: Seminoles & Miccosukees of Florida, Ancient People of South Florida, Pioneer era, Holocaust Studies, Spanish Explorers of Florida.)
*Online Education Resources: Popular classroom programs on Florida civics/history are provided by HSPBC within the community and museum. Currently there are 9 teacher guides and 9 lesson plans at www.hspbc.org. Also, www.pbchistoryonline.org was created to broaden the audience (geared toward educators/researchers) and increase local history access for museum visitors.
*Armed Forces Day: This annual free public event celebrates our nation's soldiers/veterans and encourages children's interaction with re-enactors in period uniforms with weapons and vehicles from the Seminole Indian wars/Civil War/WWII.
*Palm Beach County History Institute: HSPBC offers educators a week-long summer course to learn PBC history in hands-on workshops onsite and offsite.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Traveling Educational Trunk Program (History)

TRAVELING TRUNKS offer an exciting series of “compact and ready” interactive educational resources for the classroom. They are based on specific themes: Ancient People of South Florida, Seminole and Miccosukee, and the Pioneer Era. All include activities, replicated artifacts, period attire, and more to help students better understand the history of both Palm Beach County and Florida. The Traveling Educational Trunk Program is free of charge and meets Florida Sunshine State Standards.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

20,000

Program 2

History and Civics Tabloids for 4th/7th Grade Students

HISTORY AND CIVICS TABLOIDS Working with the School District of Palm Beach County, the Historical Society has produced history curriculum for fourth and seventh grades in newspaper-style tabloids as supplemental teaching and learning materials for the classroom. Included are a Teacher’s Guide on CD and content articles and curriculum that meet Florida’s Sunshine State Standards. Since their introduction, the tabloids have been utilized by 197,692 fourth grade (history) and seventh grade (civics) students, including all Title I schools.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

25,000

Program 3

Field Trip School Bus Scholarship Fund

FIELD TRIP SCHOOL BUS SCHOLARSHIP FUND
This fund offers busing assistance to classes of school children to travel to the Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum from as far as the Glades when field trip funding from the School District of Palm Beach County has been depleted. A favorite free field trip destination for grades 3–12 in the County’s public and private schools, the History Museum experience and our accompanying Teachers’ Guides enhance the students’ learning experience for both Florida history and civics. Title I schools are the priority for this funding, in hopes of promoting academic achievement for students challenged by economic hardship. Since 2008, over 10,000 students have taken a free tour of the History Museum; over 40% have come from Title I schools.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

20,000

Program 4

Palm Beach County History Institute for Educators

THE PALM BEACH COUNTY HISTORY INSTITUTE was developed as a collaborative effort by the key history organizations in Palm Beach County to advance teaching through professional development and support. The Institute expands teacher knowledge of local history through on-site seminars taught by professional staff and educators of the following organizations: Boca Raton Historical Society and Museum, Delray Beach Historical Society, Flagler Museum, Historical Society of Palm Beach County, Loxahatchee River Historical Society, Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach, Spady Cultural Heritage Museum and Yesteryear Village. Each location brings unique insight and fascinating viewpoints of Palm Beach County’s diverse cultural heritage while providing engaging resources and curriculum ideas in multiple subjects including history, social studies, math, science, art, geography, language arts, physical education, and music. Upon course completion, as many as sixty teachers annually receive up to thirty in-service points from the School District.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Adults

Budget

15,000

Program 5

Individual Oral Histories

INDIVIDUAL ORAL HISTORIES are developed and produced by the Historical Society to protect the legacy of our community through an efficient method of recording and documenting the rich and telling stories of notable figures and long-term residents of Palm Beach County. There is no greater regret than to lose the narrative of our history as entire generations pass away or individuals are lost. Oral Histories can be used by historians, biographers, students, teachers, and residents of our community to create context in our timeline.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Adults

Budget

3,000

Program 6

History Education Journal - The Tustenegee

THE TUSTENEGEE journal is published by the Historical Society of Palm Beach County, with current and back issues available at its website and in the Historical Society Bookstore. The Tustenegee engages readers in the history of Palm Beach County through articles that are educational, entertaining, and illustrated with historic and contemporary images. Articles researched and written by historians explore local events, people, places, and themes related to Palm Beach County and southeast Florida, featuring information gleaned from historic records, diaries, and other documents.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Adults

Budget

15,000

Program 7

Distinguished Lecture Series

LECTURE SERIES (1) The “Distinguished Lecture Series” presents several celebrated authors, curators, and storytellers during high season discussing topics relevant to the history of Palm Beach County and the State of Florida. (2) “Third Thursdays @ 3” is an afternoon lecture series intended to draw daytime visitors to the museum, attract potential volunteers, and increase awareness of the exhibitions. Sponsorship offsets the cost of speaker fees, lodging, advance promotion, evening receptions, media outreach and printing/mailing. The sponsor name or logo would appear on all related print materials, at the website, at the registration desk, and on the title/closing slides for each presentation.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Adults

Budget

15,000

Program 8

Traveling Exhibition - History Outreach

TRAVELING EXHIBITION changes periodically and is presented at venues throughout the County. It is curated to pique public interest in the History Museum while illustrating special collections held within the Archives and Artifacts Collection or the Museum’s Special Exhibition. The Traveling Exhibition makes learning accessible to everyone regardless of economic or geographical hardships.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Adults

Budget

15,000

Program 9

Annual Armed Forces Day Event - Free to Public

ANNUAL ARMED FORCES DAY is designed to interest all ages with a focus on veterans and those with a special interest in military history and our armed forces. Throughout the event, visitors pass through a front-line camp; see and talk with re-enactors dressed in period uniforms; view military vehicles used to transport armaments, troops, and even prisoners of war; and join in gallery talks.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Military/Veterans

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

10,000

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    1) Expand HSPBC's education programs shared with educators, students and their parents.* Since 2003 HSPBC has impacted 350,000+ students through a civics/history education program it created for the School District of Palm Beach County (District) that meets Florida Sunshine State Standards (FSSS) and Florida Standards Assessments (FSA).
    2) Enlarge HSPBC's capacity to care for/preserve/share our archival collection.* Manage and add to the 2 million+ artifacts/documents/photographs in the collection consistent with national standards, maintain an accessible research facility, and share historic documentation. Since 2008 the archives have been housed in the wheelchair-accessible, historic 1916 Palm Beach County Courthouse, also site of HSPBC offices and the Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum, owned and managed by HSPBC.
    3) Serve a broader audience.* HSPBC strives to expand its diversity.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    * Increase public programming through temporary/rotating/ongoing museum exhibitions to accompany permanent People and Place galleries.
    * Bring civics/history topics to life through hands-on activities in free summer camp, providing transportation where needed.
    * Share educational resources through lesson plans, mock trials, docent-led tours, Palm Beach County History Institute and other teacher activities.
    * Provide guided tours in the museum/downtown, and lectures to engage a range of audiences.
    * Increase financial support through membership/donations/grants to keep museum admission-free and ensure high standards for in-house/visiting exhibits.
    * Broadly promote all events/openings/outside tours to residents/visitors in print/online media, expanded social media, free e-newsletter, member mailings, and cross-promotion with Downtown Development Authority, Cultural Council, Discover the Palm Beaches (tourism council) and PBC's Public Affairs newsletter.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Not available.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    HSPBC administers online surveys to teachers to evaluate the effectiveness of the Traveling Education Trunks, museum tours, and printed civics/history tabloids. New educational trunks were added to the inventory based on teacher requests, and hands-on activities have been added for field trip/summer camp tours in response to teacher comments. The history tabloid is updated yearly based on recommendations from district teachers through the online surveys.
    * Students take a pre- and post-test when using the Traveling Trunks, which they turn in to HSPBC for evaluation.
    * History Institute programming is expanded/altered to incorporate new data provided by participants on their course evaluation sheets.
    * HSPBC uses surveys to determine suitability of the curriculum and collateral materials for programs. Staff are continuously seeking opportunities to improve the quality of onsite programs, print materials, and all educational experiences for teachers and students.
    * Month-to-month web analysis, social media comments, and email marketing open rates are monitored to seek increased opportunities for engagement and improvement.
    * Docents and volunteers are encouraged to make recommendations and suggestions based on visitor comments.
    * Recently, HSPBC implemented a survey of out-of-town museum visitors on behalf of Americans for the Arts/Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.
    * Exhibition themes and contents are selected based on analysis by the (Board of Directors) Program Committee and input from surveys, staff and stakeholders.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.
Service Areas

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International

All citizens, residents and visitors to Palm Beach County, Florida in addition to historians, researchers and authors from all over the world.

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THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF PALM BEACH COUNTY INC
Fiscal year: May 01-Apr 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Historical Society of Palm Beach County

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President & CEO

Mr. Jeremy W. Johnson

Chief Curator

Ms. Debi Murray

BIO

• President and Chief Executive Officer since 2011
• Four years experience, President, JRJ Partners, LLC, West Palm Beach, FL
• Four years experience, Vice President, South Florida Hospital and Healthcare Association, Hollywood, FL
• Four years experience, Area Director, American Heart Association and American Cancer Society Together for Life, West Palm Beach, FL
• Certified Association Executive, American Society of Association Executives, Washington D.C.
• BS, Political and Public Affairs Communication, Florida State University

STATEMENT FROM THE President & CEO

"The Society maintains a large Archives & Artifacts collection that includes nearly two million photographic images, maps, newspapers, journals, periodicals, architectural drawings, and research files, and 20,000 objects dating back through our most ancient Native American cultures. The Society also sustains an active Research Library that is open to the public and updated daily with the intent to document the people and events that have shaped our community.

The Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum, operated and maintained by the Historical Society, is an admission-free institution featuring state-of-the-art, interactive exhibits that reflect the influence of our County's history and many cultures, from Native Americans to present day civic and cultural leaders, in 3,000 sq. ft. of permanent gallery space. The Museum also offers extensive static and interactive special exhibitions curated with the intent to enrich the lives of children and adults by making our shared history accessible, interesting and meaningful.
Through our Outreach Projects we aim to touch people who through distance or economic hardship are unable to visit us in our downtown location. And we construct these projects with the objective that good citizenship, individual purpose, and leadership are the result of familiarity with the history of your community and pride in your legacy. We principally try to touch the lives of our citizens as early as possible, so we continually work to create collaborative programs with the School District of Palm Beach County, specially targeting Title One schools in communities that truly can use and always appreciate that special attention.

The Historic 1916 Court House, which houses the Society, our Archives, Research Library and the Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum, was the first courthouse constructed in West Palm Beach and played a significant role in our County's legislative and judicial history. Following several decades of change to both its footprint and façade, the building underwent a complete restoration in 2008. The Court House also houses the turn of the century Court Room restored to its original architectural details, featuring authentic and original design elements and an interactive civics exhibition sponsored by the Palm Beach County Bar Association and maintained by the Society on the third floor Court Room Balcony."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. J. Grier Pressley III

Pressley & Pressley, P.A.

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