Last year when I attended the Society of Florida Archivists conference in Saint Petersburg, I listened to a talk by a woman who’d gotten into the field rather by accident. I learned a lot at that conference, and I also realized what a narrow niche archiving is. It sounds mysterious to a lot of people,… Continue reading Why is [historical] archiving important?
By Ruby Lynn Holden, North Palm Beach Village Historian A nineteenth century physician and scientist, Dr. Gorrie was an advocate of swamp draining to eliminate a major source of mosquitoes and the use of mosquito netting over beds. Also an inventor, he experimented with methods for cooling the sick rooms of fevered malaria patients. He… Continue reading Dr. John Gorrie, air conditioning pioneer
This past weekend, I went to St. Augustine for the Convocation of Seminole War Historians, organized by the Seminole Wars Foundation and the West Point Society of North Florida. I’ve been very involved in Seminole Wars history for some time now, and it was wonderful to see so many of my friends, acquaintances, and colleagues… Continue reading Weekly Reads: The Army is My Calling: The Life and Writings of Major John Rogers Vinton 1801-1847
By Ruby Lynn Holden, North Palm Beach Village Historian A biologist with an MS in marine science, Marshall’s real passion was preserving Florida’s wetlands which were being threatened by unbridled development. He saw, through his work at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and assessments of dredge and fill projects, that drainage of wetlands and “water control” in general… Continue reading Arthur R. Marshall, Ecologist
By Ruby Lynn Holden, North Palm Beach Village Historian Today we’ll learn a bit about this wonderful South Florida park of 11,500 acres, Jonathan Dickinson State Park. Prior to being established as a state park in 1950, the land served as top-secret U.S. Army Camp Murphy from 1942 to 1944, a radar training school. Author… Continue reading Camp Murphy
By Ruby Lynn Holden, North Palm Beach Village Historian Nancy Moore was the library’s first Director. She was one of two volunteers who started the library, eventually became an employee, then Director, serving over thirty years, from December 1, 1967 to February 21, 2005, when she retired. Kathleen Olds took Nancy’s place, serving from May… Continue reading North Palm Beach Library Directors, Past and Present
By Ruby Lynn Holden, North Palm Beach Village Historian Whitehall, Henry Flagler’s Palm Beach palace of 55 extravagantly furnished rooms was imagined and created by architects John Carrere and Thomas Hastings as a wedding gift to his third wife, Mary Lily. American artisans as well as Italian and French contributed their lavish creations of sculpture,… Continue reading At Whitehall