An Update from the President & CEO
Good day everyone,

Life’s roughest storms prove the strength of our anchors.
The Historical Society of Martin County and its two unique museums have held fast during the treacherous waters of 2020. We are one of just a handful of nonprofits in the realm of arts and culture that anchor tourism activity and, in turn, economic activity in Martin County. We also are considered to be a community gathering place and a point of pride for everyone who calls Martin County home. The financial pressures born of the pandemic have been relentless, and our anchor is beginning to slip. We need your help to hold fast.

"Whomsoever you see in distress, recognize in them a fellow human being." — U.S. Lifesaving Service Motto

The motto by which the early Keepers of the House of Refuge were guided is remarkably poignant today. Even though we are recognized by our brick and mortar at the Elliott —and clapboard siding and cedar shingles at the House of Refuge — our organization is comprised of flesh and blood human beings. Our small but ridiculously committed staff has doubled down during the COVID challenges to reinvent our spaces and provided a welcome respite for area residents when they needed it the most. We need your help to stand firm.

"No one has ever become poor by giving." — Anne Frank

Many years ago, a fellow nonprofit leader who I admired greatly told me, “Most of the money I have ever raised for my organization came from people who could barely afford to give it and gave more than they could reasonably afford.” I’ve never forgotten these words, and they have often proven to be true. Whether you are able to give $1 or $100,000 to a cherished organization in your community, this is your moment to stretch. This is a time when acts of kindness truly help to erase suffering in a world that seems to be cultivating it. We need your help to keep up the fight.

So Shines A Good Deed In A Weary World

Despite my valiant, lifelong efforts, I have never been able to escape my dependence on Midwest colloquialisms. I often tell people that “I am not the sharpest tool in the shed, but I am a keen observer.” Throughout the course of this long year of 2020, I have observed the steady erosion of the patience, passion, and resolve of everyone in my field of vision. All manner of fatigue is easy to see and feel as we grind our way through the novel challenges that surround us. If you can find it in your heart to honor us with a gift, it will brighten our Day, your Day, and I believe the luminescence of kindness is cumulative in the world. We need your help to stand tall.

Be genuine and graceful,
Rob Steele
President & CEO
Historical Society of Martin County
Discover your own creative super powers!
Exhibit now open through January 31, 2021
This 3-D printer stands ready to print your creations!
This exhibit gives you creative control over animating your own short videos, creating paper projects, and making designs to be printed in 3-D.
These figures are examples of what you can create.
The Elliott Museum has installed a very cool exhibit that will allow you to explore your creative side! The exhibit features a Makerspace Lab with eight computer stations, four 3-D printers and two die-cut machines. You can create your own animated movies and paper engineering projects, and make designs that can be sent to our in-house 3-D printers and laser cutters. Helpful docents will be on hand to introduce you to our easy-to-use technology! All of this is included with the price of museum admission.

Additionally, we welcome you to the world of animation! It’s 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 six of the world’s leading animation artists.

The exhibit showcases the art of six very popular animation artists, including Carter Goodrich, character designer for Despicable Me, Ratatouille, Finding Nemo, Shrek, Hotel Transylvania, Brave, Open Season, Coco, as well as 17 New Yorker magazine covers (and counting).

We will introduce you to more of the participating artists over the weeks to come.
A new YouTube Series!
"Curating Classic Cars"
"Curating Classic Cars" is a new series that the Elliott Museum is launching to focus on some of its fabulous cars in its antique collection. Rather than just showing the cars in the showroom, the museum's car curator, John Giltinan, will be taking these cars for a ride while providing details about the vehicles. In episode 1, John will tell you all about a 1961 Cadillac Fleetwood Series 75 nine-passenger sedan. Check it out here!
Next Cars & Coffee: Saturday, Sept. 12
Makes and models of all kinds await you!
A big thank you to our ongoing sponsor!
Looking for a fun outdoor event? Then come this Saturday, Sept. 12, from 8 to 10 a.m. for 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 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.
Brand new! A weekly evening car show!
A weekly Tuesday night car show will take place at the Elliott Museum beginning Tuesday, Sept. 15. The museum will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. and there will be a food truck on site. The True Oldies Channel radio station will provide free advertising for the show and the museum. 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, wearing a mask in public, etc.

Name this show!
We'd love to hear your ideas on what to call this weekly event! Please email us with your suggestions.
Bulldog Breed British Bikes Exhibit ending soon
This is the last week to see the Bulldog Breed British Bikes exhibit, which ends on September 13. The private collection of Jim and Dee Thomas features 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. The work of two local artists also is on display. Mark Stall's fine art photography is featured along with Chad Periman and his recycled, repurposed mixed media assemblage art.
Here's a look back at the Reverence Motorcycle Association's open house. Members came to view the exhibit and enjoy each other's company, albeit with social distancing.
Matthias Piasecki, owner of the Crafted Keg, sponsored the open house.
(From left) Vikki Tobiasz, Erica Arruda, Conrad and Pam Minardi
(From left) Elliott members Molly Hoffman, Edithy Marcellis and Ginger Shannon.
Call for volunteers!
Both of our museums are in need of volunteers! The House of Refuge needs to fill positions in lawn maintenance, tour guides and admission desk. The Elliott Museum has volunteer positions in the car gallery and Emporium Museum Shoppe, at the admissions desk, and docents also are needed.

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.
Sign up for a library card, get free admission
Celebrate National Library Card Sign-up Month during the entire month of September with free admission to the Elliott Museum and Gilbert’s Bar House of Refuge. Just show your Martin County library card and up to four family members may be admitted.

Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to coincide with the start of the school year. Throughout the month, the ALA and libraries unite together in a national effort to encourage every child to register for a library card to ensure they have access to the plethora of resources available.

For additional information regarding this or any other library event, please visit or call 772-288-5702.
Just in is a selection of jewelry for young ladies including octopus earrings and a selection of “mermaid scales” bracelets and earrings.
Do you have youngsters to shop for? We have a nice selection of cars, games and toys for boys and girls.
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.
For concise information on what's happening with the Arts Scene on the Treasure Coast, subscribe to Willi Miller's ARTS BLAST! at
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