History Talks: Russell P. Kelley Part II

Due to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases, we are taking special precautions to keep all of you safe. Russell Kelley remains excited to speak to the Palm Beach community and is delivering both parts of his History Talk via Zoom, FREE of charge. We invite you to read in advance the book, An Illustrated History of Palm Beach: How Palm Beach Evolved over 150 years from Wilderness to Wonderland, which is available in our Museum Store. (We also offer curbside pickup or shipping.) We also sell his book, as editor, My Darlings.

When we receive your registration, we will email you the Zoom link.

Part II of Lecture – January 22

The Land Boom and Bust of the 1920s to Today

The 1920s ushered in Palm Beach’s golden age, when Addison Mizner and other society architects designed mansions for their wealthy patrons on land that often stretched from the ocean to the lake, such as Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Mar-a-Lago. The boom came to an abrupt halt with the 1928 hurricane followed by the Wall Street Crash of 1929. More than two million service men and women trained in Florida during World War II, many of them in Palm Beach County. Post-war development led to the demolition of many of those mansions, prompting the Town Council to adopt the Historic Preservation Ordinance in 1979.

Russell P. Kelley, born and raised in Palm Beach, is a lawyer with more than 30 years’ of international business experience. Now a strategic advisor, he represented global groups in Paris and London for decades. He divides his time between Palm Beach and Paris, writing and lecturing on history. Kelley is an active member of the Board of Governors of the Historical Society of Palm Beach County, with whom he co-authored An Illustrated History.


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Jan 22 2022


2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Via Zoom
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