An Update from the President & CEO
Good day everyone,

"Creativity is now as important in education as literacy."
– Sir Ken Robinson

While serving as the executive director for the Community Arts Center in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, I had the honor of booking Sir Ken Robinson to speak at the 2008 Governor’s Awards for the Arts celebration.

I spent a spot of time with Ken on the day of the event and found him to be a singularly insightful person with regards to the frightening trend in education to limit the growth of creativity in students.

I have been a lifelong proponent of the importance of arts in education, and most people who know me will tell you that I am quick to jump on a soapbox to defend the arts in schools at every opportunity. American creativity has been a proven advantage to the development of our economy over the past couple of centuries.

If we do not nurture the enjoyment of art, music, dance, and theatre in our students, we will very quickly lose our advantage. The Historical Society of Martin County is dedicated to providing a wide assortment of cultural engagements for students of all ages, and our success will be measured by the creative growth and smiles of our guests.
"Curiosity about life in all its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great, creative people." – Leo Burnett

We will be offering a vivid demonstration of our efforts to provide meaningful experiences for the young, creative minds of our community when we open our latest exhibit "Animators, Artists & Multimedia Giants." The exhibition features the work of Carter Goodrich. He is the character designer for Despicable Me, Ratatouille, Finding Nemo, Shrek, Hotel Transylvania, Brave, Open Season, Coco, as well as seventeen New Yorker magazine covers.

The other featured artists are award-winning illustrators, designers, authors, and animators. Interestingly enough, many of these artists grew up as "paint outside the lines" students whose creativity controlled their daily thought processes and eventually became their love, and their career! They are living, breathing proof of the importance of encouraging arts in education. The exhibit is comprised of a multitude of cartoon art and an elaborate "Makerspace" that allows our guests to create and print 3-D designs, animate their own short videos, and create their own paper engineering projects.

We are offering a million heartfelt thanks to Janeen Mason, curator of the Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta, Florida, for creating this magnificent exhibit, and sharing it with Martin County families. Janeen is one of the absolute shining stars of the art scene in Florida, and we are thrilled to be enjoying her talents and her beautiful heart! Please find details on the exhibit on our website at
You may or may not be aware that Albert Einstein’s philosophical talents rivaled his talents in the field of physics. This marvelous man shared a host of profound words of wisdom in his life, and he did so with great passion and wit. The picture and quote say it all. If I were a bit younger, I would consider having this tattooed somewhere on my body where my mother would never find it!

All of us at the Historical Society of Martin County have been thrilled by the large number of families who have been frequenting our museums during the challenges of 2020. We recognize, with a smile and a wink, that it is imperative that parents with young children get out of the house for any purpose during this unusual chapter in history…before someone gets hurt. We couldn’t be happier that you are coming to visit us!

And remember, you have two more Mondays to take advantage of our "Mental Health Mondays" August 2020 promotion where we having been granting free admission every Monday this month at both the Elliott Museum and the House of Refuge. We are determined to be creative in our approach to stir up fun in the halls of our museums, and we invite you along for the ride.

Be creative and have fun,
Rob Steele
HSMC President & CEO
Taking a look back at exploding tankers and more!
Tune into our new YouTube channel to catch all of our videos. To make it easy, we invite you to bookmark it here:

In the newest one, Michael Phillips, Keeper of the House of Refuge on Hutchinson Island, Stuart, talks about how the HOR served as a Coast Guard Lifesaving Station and a Naval Observation Station during World War II.
Next Cars & Coffee: Saturday, Sept. 12
Makes and models of all kinds await you!
A big thank you to our ongoing sponsor!
Mark your calendar for Saturday, Sept. 12, from 8 to 10 a.m. for the next Cars & Coffee in the Elliott Museum's parking lot. We are delighted to welcome "True Oldies 106.9. & 95.9" to our “Honor Roll” of the Elliott Museum’s VIPs (Very Important Partners). The stations will be broadcasting live from the Elliott and the event also is featured on their website.

Bring your pride and joy ride to the next Cars & Coffee 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. Coffee and donuts are provided at a nominal charge.
Check out our new online digital books
The Historical Society of Martin County's recently upgraded website,, now has a new Education page that features stories of early pioneers and paintings from our local residents. Be sure to check out the page to take in four different digital books.
Be sure to catch the Bulldog Breed British Bikes Exhibit
You have until September 13 to see this impressive private collection of 22 classic British motorcycles. The bikes span the 1930s to the 1970s and represent famous makers such as Triumph, Norton and BSA along with rare makes that include Matchless, Royal Enfield and Velocette. The exhibit includes timeless collectibles including the Triumph Bonneville and Norton Commando and also will showcase the world class Café racers from famed English manufacturers.
While enjoying live music and refreshments, you'll also be able to take in the work of two local artists. Mark Stall will be the featured fine art photographer along with Chad Periman and his recycled, repurposed mixed media assemblage art.
Free admission for teachers in August 2020
If you're a currently employed teacher, you have one more week to take advantage of complimentary* general admission for you and one guest to the Elliott Museum, valid through August 31, 2020. This is offer is made possible because of a partnership with the Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce. It's our way of saying THANK YOU for all you do! (*Must show school district ID. Excludes special events, programs, lectures and any other discounts or coupons; valid during regular museum hours only.)
Need a small souvenir of your visit to the Elliott Museum or Florida? We have pelicans, dolphins and the train caboose to name a few.
If you missed our DaVintage wine tasting seminars, we have a few sample bottles in the Emporium. You won't find these in any store so come and get them while they last!
New opportunities with Hi Mindfulness Forums
Deena Rahill, creator of Crystal Bowl Sound Vibrational Healing, is now 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.

Live Streaming Session, Tuesday, September 8, from 2-3 p.m.
Live from the Elliott Museum's theater, Deena will continue to offer a live, online Virtual Crystal Bowl Vibrational Healing once a month. Experience an hour of the pure bliss of sound vibration. Research has shown that a clear intention coupled with an elevated emotion changes your state of being. To participate, go to her Facebook page at more details, please see this flyer.
Community News
Florida Birds -
Treasure Coast Art Contest

Do you paint, draw or do illustrations? If so, you may be interested in the Audubon of Martin County's "Florida Birds-Treasure Coast Art Contest." It's an online event happened now through September 18 at 7 p.m. There is no entry fee and winners will be announced in mid-October. For more details, visit the website.
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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