An Update from the President & CEO
Good day everyone,

One day at a time is the key to building momentum.

We are so delighted to report that the reopening of the Historical Society's museums has unfolded smoothly. A great deal of care was taken to create protocols and make adaptations to provide a comprehensive level of safety to our staff, volunteers, and guests. Based upon the steady flow of returning guests, our efforts have not been in vain.

Our efforts to bring about a safe and effective reopening have been aided by a couple of historical precedents, and though we can't take credit for them, we are happy to share them.

The world's oldest museum was built by a Babylonian princess 2,500 years ago. Early museums began as private collections owned by wealthy individuals, families, or institutions of art and rare or curious natural objects and artifacts. These were often displayed in so-called  wonder rooms  or  cabinets of curiosities .

The earliest of museums kept their artifacts undercover, under guard, and oftentimes under the radar. They were not public treasures. The DO NOT TOUCH protocol was introduced in 530 BC by Princess Ennigaldi-Nanna to safeguard her collection of Mesopotamian antiquities. This courtesy has weathered the challenge of time and is, in fact, quite useful as we pass through a chapter in our history where it is considered best to “look but don't touch.”

Despite the machinations of world governments and the constant presence of some modicum of human avarice and greed, the world keeps turning and life goes on. Life goes on because most people want to do the right thing. This pervasive human trait is readily apparent to me as I watch happy people enjoy a day at one of our museums. They are so glad to be out in the world. They are pleased to see that we have devised ways to make them feel very comfortable and safe, and still enjoy a full museum experience.

Our wonderful guests are clearly respecting, honoring, and extending every courtesy to their fellow guests as they take in the exhibits. It is a thing of beauty to observe, and it gives you hope for a happy ending to the unexpected challenge of the pandemic.
Sandi Terlizze of Vero Beach and Roxanne Decker of Sebastian are taken with the award-winning 1962 Triumph TR4 vintage race car, featured in the British Bulldog Bikes exhibition.
Masked and ready to go! Amy Broderick and these kids are having a great day exploring local history and seeing all that the new and improved Elliott Museum has to offer.
Consistency is the key to achieving and sustaining momentum. – Darren Hardy

As we take small steps forward, we will be mindful of doing so cautiously. We will do this with an unrelenting spirit to keep the snowball rolling to establish the momentum, while keeping our storied institution vital. We will continue to painstakingly clean and sanitize and smile through our masks.

We hope you can find it in your heart to venture out to Hutchinson Island and visit our museums soon. We promise a healthy and happy escape from the rigors of a world gone somewhat mad. We promise you will be intrigued by all the new exhibits, and your mental health will be significantly improved!

Be brave and thoughtful,
Rob Steele
HSMC President & CEO
Welcome, Junior Lifeguards, to the House of Refuge!
Future lifeguards! The House of Refuge was honored to host multiple groups of junior lifeguards after its reopening. Everyone enjoyed the riveting history of the House of Refuge and the staff looks forward to seeing these youth in Martin County's lifesaving beach stations once they are certified. Great job team!
Mark your calendar for the next Cars & Coffee.
Sponsored by McKee's 37
Plan to bring your pride and joy ride to the next Cars & Coffee on Saturday, August 8, from 8 to 10 a.m. Or just come and schmooze with other car owners and enjoy the outdoor ambiance. Held in the Elliott Museum's parking lot, the event showcases an amazing display of different makes, models and years of vehicles. This event is free and open to everyone.
Rain or shine the Elliott's Emporium Museum Shoppe has you covered. Be sure to stop by when visiting the museum. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sound for your Soul
July 21 and 28
Livestreaming from 2-3 p.m.
Join Deena Rahill, founder of HI Mindfulness Forums, for her weekly Virtual Crystal Bowl Vibrational Healing from the Elliott Museum’s Theater.

Experience an hour of the pure bliss of sound vibration. Research has shown that a clear intention (which is an art of a focused and coherent mind), coupled with an elevated emotion such as joy, gratitude, freedom, and compassion (which is a function of the heart), changes your state of being.

Make time for yourself to get beyond your body and disconnect from your environment. Allow yourself to transcend to the world of sound and vibration.

To participate, go to her Facebook page at If you've never participated, we encourage you to try it!

You also can tune into Deena's new YouTube channel, which features past sessions including this  one . Please  LIKE SUBSCRIBE  and  COMMENT ! Thank you in advance! If you wish to connect with Deena, text or call her at 786-488-7782.

For more details, please see this flyer .
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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