History Talks: Russell P. Kelley Part II
History Talks begin with an hour for drinks, light bites, and a book signing with authors. Speakers’ books will be available in the Museum Store at the start of the season.
Russell P. Kelley
The Historical Society’s latest title:
An Illustrated History of Palm Beach: How Palm Beach Evolved Over 150 Years from Wilderness to Wonderland
Don’t miss Part I – January 8: Pioneer Era, Flagler Era, and Town of Palm Beach (1872 – 1918)
Part II – 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.
Available in the Museum Store: An Illustrated History of Palm Beach and My Darlings.