In this newsletter issue ...
• Holiday hours
• Update from the President & CEO
• Looking in the rearview mirror
• Night at the Museum
• A dazzling donation
• An unusual birthday surprise
• Join us for "Happy Hour"
• "Classics in the Rearview Mirror"
• Next weekly car show: Tuesday, Dec. 29
• Impressive art exhibit ends January 4
• Explore your creativity in 3D
• Volunteers needed at House of Refuge
• Show your year-end support
Emporium Museum Shoppe
Your Amazon purchases can help us
• Multiple sound healing opportunities with Hi Mindfulness Forums
• Willi Miller's ARTS BLAST
Holiday hours
The Historical Society of Martin County, Elliott Museum and House of Refuge wish you a safe and Happy New Year! 2021 can't come soon enough!

On December 31, New Year's Eve, the museums will be open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and closed on New Year's Day.
An Update from the President & CEO
Good Day everyone,

“Better to fight for something than to live for nothing.
- George S. Patton

I once had the great privilege to direct a very talented cast of high school actors in a powerful rendition of the stage play, “The Diary of Anne Frank.” During the rehearsal phase of the production, I took the student cast to the Holocaust Museum of Detroit, and we had a private meeting with a survivor. At some point in the survivor's story, he said, "Those who had something precious to live for survived, and those who did not, perished." I'll never forget these words, and I assure you the students remember the moment.

At this particular moment in the life of the Historical Society of Martin County, our very talented staff and dedicated volunteers have redoubled their efforts to keep our institution buoyant during some remarkably challenging times. We all believe that the 145-year history of the House of Refuge and the 60-year history of the Elliott Museum are precious enough to fight for. The HSMC team has been so resilient that it appears that instead of retrenching, we are, in fact, gaining momentum.
“The idea is not to live forever – it is to create something that will.” – Andy Warhol
With the most altruistic intentions, the United States Lifesaving Service built 10 Houses of Refuge in Florida in the late 1800s. One of these Houses of Refuge remains, and we are lucky enough to be the keepers of this iconic and singularly unique piece of history. With the most altruistic intentions, Harmon Elliott created the Elliott Museum as a tribute to his beloved father, Sterling. The Elliott Museum is home to much of Martin County's history, and we all know what happens to civilizations that fail to honor their history.

We are, by all measures, intent on preserving both of these cherished institutions for future generations.
The trick is to enjoy life. Don't wish away days waiting for better ones ahead.

First and foremost, we want everyone to be safe. We also want everyone to be happy. We believe we have created safe and spectacular spaces for you and your family to enjoy during the pandemic. We restored our full hours of service on July 6, 2020, and we have delighted several thousand people with a series of new and engaging exhibits.

We invite and encourage you to bring your family and guests for a visit to both the House of Refuge Museum and the Elliott Museum. Today is the day!
May your holidays overflow with peace and happiness!
To get started in "pegging your place in the universe," click here.
A dazzling donation
A huge THANK YOU goes out to Donald and Gail Curtis, who donated this lovely 1955 Studebaker President sedan to the Elliott Museum earlier this month.

The car features a V-8 engine paired with a Borg-Warner automatic transmission. It retains many original features including the factory installed upholstery.

The original owner of the car continued to drive it regularly until she was 102 years old!

This beauty only enhance the museum's amazing collection!
An unusual birthday surprise
The Elliott Museum provided a surprise birthday ride for the Cooper family on December 22. Car Curator Jim Ferrare drove Stephen Cooper and his three sons around the local area in the museum's restored 1957 Chevrolet BelAir convertible. They enjoyed the sights and sounds of open air motoring in a car that you don't see on the road every day! The grandchildren came along to wave goodbye and cheer them on. In appreciation, the Coopers provided a generous donation.
Join us for "Happy Hour" & more at new museum café
Jim Leary, owner of Philly Down South Café on the second floor of the Elliott Museum, invites you to stop in for a bite to eat or plan to enjoy your next "Happy Hour" there, which runs every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m..

Or plan to have lunch there and take in American style cuisine, featuring a range of Philly cheesesteaks, salads, burgers, and seafood. The café also provides unique Chef specials as well as delicious homemade desserts. There's also an assortment of delightful beers and elegant wines.

For pickup, reservations or private events, call 772-225-1961, or visit the website,
"Classics in the Rearview Mirror"
Multiple awards were presented. Best in Show went to Jim Thomas and his 1957 BMW 507 and Sally Franklin won the Elliott award for her 1956 Nash Metropolitan.
The Elliott Museum in Stuart hosted “Classics in the Rearview Mirror” on December 13, a smaller car show replacing its 24th Annual Classics on the Beach car show, which was supposed to take place this past March but was canceled due to the COVID shutdown. Organizers decided to make it a smaller show due to the pandemic.
Next weekly car show: Tuesday, Dec. 29
Lew's Crew Cruisin' at the Elliott is held every Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m., weather permitting, in the Elliott Museum's parking lot. In addition to a lineup of cool cars, the fabulous “Philly Down South” food truck is on site offering a delicious assortment of cheesesteaks, grilled items, and more.

Thanks to the True Oldies Channel radio station for promoting the show. There’s a $3 fee to show your car and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the museum. Admission is free for guests, who are asked to remember to follow CDC guidelines pertaining to social distancing and wearing a mask.
Impressive art exhibit ends January 4
You have until January 4 to see Portfolios – Eclectic Artists and Art at the Elliott." Featuring the creativity of artists from the Stuart area, the artwork showcases a variety of mediums, styles, techniques, and subjects, including paintings, sculpture, photography, glasswork and jewelry. Kevin Hutchinson is pictured with four of his paintings.

It's an opportunity to recognize the local area’s artistic society and to support the museum. The artists’ works are available for sale with a portion of their profits generously donated to the Elliott Museum.

Featured exhibit artists: • Dale Beam • Laura Kay Whiticar Darvill • Dot Galfond • Linda Geary • Kevin Hutchinson • Denise Justice • Carol Kepp • Livia Krof-Debonet • Mia Lindberg • Brent McAhren • Sue Ann Mosley • Kim Nolan • Bruce Wells • Kate Wood
Explore your creativity in 3D
For the cost of admission to the Elliott Museum, you can explore the Makerspace Lab with eight computer stations, four 3-D printers and two die-cut machines. You are only limited by your imagination!

Helpful docents are on hand to help you from start to finish. Get a preview in this video! In addition to the 3D creations, you can create your own animated movies and paper engineering projects.
As part of that exhibit, images from the Artists & Multi-Media Giants exhibit present a world that’s larger-than-life, where a picture has the power to convey a thousand words, ignite an infinite realm of imagination, and create a limitless source of smiles. On loan from the Lighthouse Art Center in Tequesta, this captivating exhibit is a whimsical gallery of madcap characters from eight of the world’s leading animation artists: Carter Goodrich, David Biedrzycki, Bryan Ballinger, Kevan Atteberry, Marty Kelley, Matt Ficner, Patrick Girouard and Russ Cox.
Volunteers needed at the House of Refuge
How would you like to spend your spare time volunteering at the oldest building in Martin County? It's right on the beach, too! You can spend your time teaching history or filling another need. If you (or someone you know) is interested, please fill out an application. You can do so by coming into one of the museums, going to the website or contacting Director of Visitor Services Amie Smith via email.
Come and see our handade lures for the fisherman in your family along with all of our fishing-related items. Not into fishing? We've got you covered if small pets are your thing. We haven’t forgotten them! Hang up these reminders. Remember, you DO NOT have to pay museum admission to shop in the Emporium! Click here to see more.
Your Amazon purchases can help us!
When ordering from Amazon, please remember to go to If you designate the Historical Society of Martin County, we will get a percentage of all of your purchases. Amazon automatically will make the donation to the HSMC. That's an easy way to help us at no cost to you!
Multiple sound healing opportunities
with Hi Mindfulness Forums
Deena Rahill, creator of Crystal Bowl Sound Vibrational Healing, is offering a wide range of formats.

Cultivate the wellness, focus, and productivity of your team
If your organization would like to support its employees by balancing their well-being, now is the time to explore a virtual sound healing! Sound helps to establish the pathway to a place of stillness, creating balance for the mind and the body, as well as revitalizing health. This vibrational flow of energy will help your team to reduce stress, increase clarity, elevate energy and sharpen their focus.

In-person experience
Would your family or a group of your friends or colleagues enjoy being together in the same room for a sound vibrational session? Schedule a private in-person session for the group located at the Elliott Museum theater for four to 10 people.

Common Community TV Channel
Are you an organization or a community with a common TV channel who would like to offer a virtual sound vibrational experience for your residents in the comfort of their own homes?

Deena will personalize your experience exclusively for your groups, entire workplace, or your community so that they can all tune in together. Call to schedule your session at 786-488-7782.
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The Historical Society of Martin County
A Treasure on the Treasure Coast since 1961!
Two Museums on Hutchinson Island in Stuart, FL 34996
Elliott Museum | 825 NE Ocean Blvd.
Hours: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. every day | 772-225-1961
House of Refuge • 301 SE MacArthur Blvd.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1-4 p.m. on Sunday | 772-225-1875