Virtual History Talks: Rosa Sophia
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While North Palm Beach was only founded in 1956, the Jeaga tribe thrived here long ago. In 1883, perhaps with a mind to farm pineapples, two men began purchasing local plots, becoming the area’s first landowners. From there, through fits and starts, this idyll of small-town life began to take shape. The population surged in 1956, when Pratt & Whitney built a facility west of town. Rosa Sophia traces the long and fascinating history of the village, touching on the little known and providing broader understanding of the people and events that nurtured the undeniable community atmosphere that exists today.
Available in the Museum Store: Village of North Palm Beach: A History (History Press, 2020)
Rosa Sophia served as official historian for the Village of North Palm Beach, maintaining and digitizing the archives for access to residents and researchers. She is the author of several novels, in part bringing awareness to her rare disorder, trigeminal neuralgia. She serves on the board for the Seminole Wars Foundation, as volunteer archivist of the Loxahatchee Battlefield Preservationists, and is a member of the Society of Florida Archivists. While she works as managing editor for Mobile Electronics magazine, Rosa Sophia is pursuing an MFA in creative writing at Florida International University.