Historical Society of Palm Beach County

The Society Brings History to Life.

The Historical Society of Palm Beach County is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to collect, preserve, and share the history of Palm Beach County. The HSPBC maintains a large archive on the history of Palm Beach County, Florida, and the Caribbean. Through its archives, which includes four million photographic images, plus maps, newspapers, journals, periodicals, architectural drawings, and research files, the Society maintains an active research facility and documents the people and events that have shaped Palm Beach County. In addition, the multiple education programs and initiatives of the Society in schools and communities are of primary importance to our vision of building an understanding and appreciation of local history in our children.

After the Historical Society was formed in 1937, West Palm Beach attorney A. Stanley Bussey donated a vintage black-and-white photograph of an island street scene to the newly established Society, the first gift to what would become a remarkable collection of artifacts and documents representing the cultures and communities, failures and successes of life in Palm Beach County.

The creation of the Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum in 2008 finally allowed the collection to fully serve its critical purpose: to share and showcase the rich history of Palm Beach County and the larger context of Florida’s heritage dating back at least 12,000 years.

Our Team

Jeremy W. Johnson, CAE

Jeremy W. Johnson, CAE

President and Chief Executive Officer
jjohnson@pbchistory.org

Sharon Poss

Sharon Poss

Office Administrator
sposs@pbchistory.org | ext. 100

Lise Steinhauer

Lise Steinhauer

Membership / Grants / Museum Store
lsteinhauer@pbchistory.org | ext. 104

Caroline Frazier

Caroline Frazier

Director of Marketing and Events
cfrazier@pbchistory.org | ext. 106

Debi Murray

Debi Murray

Chief Curator
dmurray@pbchistory.org | ext. 105

Rose Guerrero

Rose Guerrero

Research Director
rguerrero@pbchistory.org | ext. 112

Rhonda Gordon

Rhonda Gordon

Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator
rgordon@pbchistory.org | ext. 113

Casey Lipschutz​

Casey Lipschutz

Education Coordinator
clipschutz@pbchistory.org | ext. 109

Officers 2020-2021

Thomas M Kirchhoff

Thomas M. Kirchhoff

Board Chair

Richard S. Johnson Jr.

Richard S. Johnson Jr.

First Vice Chair

Mark Stevens

Mark Stevens

Second Vice Chair

Joseph Chase

Joseph Chase

Secretary

Thomas Burns, CPA

Thomas Burns, CPA

Treasurer

Jeffrey Alderton

Jeffrey Alderton

Member at Large

John Archer

John Archer

Member at Large

George L. Ford III

George L. Ford III

Member at Large

Russell P. Kelley

Russell P. Kelley

Member at Large

Penny Murphy

Member at Large

Peter Nicoletti

Member at Large

Board of Governors

Christian Angle
Hampton Beebe
Margaret Cheryl Burkhardt
Sharon Daley

Graham G. Davidson
Mary Freitas
David Goodlett

The Honorable Bradley G. Harper
Stephen Richman
Andrew Sciame

Keith Williams
Vernique Williams
Alisha R. Winn, Ph.D.

Board of Advisors

Cressman D. Bronson
Katharine Dickenson
Mark B. Elhilow
George T. Elmore

Dennis Grady
William Graham
Dale R. Hedrick
Pat Seaton Johnson

 

Gary S. Lesser
The Honorable Karen Marcus
William A. Meyer
Carey O’Donnell

Harvey E. Oyer III
Jorge Pesquera
Sidney A. Stubbs Jr.

Ex-Officio Board Members

Alexandria Ayala, School Board of Palm Beach County Member
Mack Bernard, Palm Beach County Commissioner
Danielle Hickox Moore, Town of Palm Beach Mayor
J. Grier Pressly III

The 1916 Society

Ann-Britt & Christian Angle
Renate & Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr.
Susan & George L. Ford III
Charlene & Richard S. Johnson Jr.
Carol & Thomas M. Kirchhoff
Frances G. Scaife
John Turgeon

History is not the past. It is the present. We carry our history with us. We are our history.

-- James Baldwin