An Update from the President & CEO
Good Day everyone,

“Without art, the crudeness of the world would make life unbearable.”
- George Bernard Shaw

We could all do with a steady stream of art in our lives about now…eh? Enjoying art up close and in person can be a wildly uplifting experience to anyone with a mind that is open even a crack. Throughout most of 2020, we have all been bombarded with challenges and messaging that effectively take away our ability to live in a world of beauty and wonder. We would like to invite you to plan a visit to the Elliott Museum soon to escape the drudgery and despair to a much happier space.

The Bulldog Breed British Bikes exhibit just loaded out of our Flex Gallery, and after some repairs and a coat of fresh paint on the walls, we will be loading in an exciting new Art Exhibit. I won’t spoil the surprise today, but I will assure you that the exhibit will be memorable and something few people have had the chance to enjoy. As ever, keep your eye on our website ( for details about the opening. You absolutely never know what is next at the Elliott Museum!

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”
- Thomas Merton

I was recently introduced to the term “disaster fatigue.” It is fair to say that it is a genuine phenomenon, and most of us are probably suffering from some level of it. There is no vaccine for it, and the traditional treatments involving pharmaceuticals and alcohol are ultimately not always the most effective way to treat it. Separating ourselves from the unending pressures of this tumultuous year and taking a moment to remember to be grateful for all the great things in our life is a miracle cure. As Thomas Merton reminds us, spending some quality time immersed in art can be incredibly therapeutic. The trick is to quiet your mind as you are standing in front of a piece of art that speaks to you, and allow your thoughts to stay within the boundaries of the canvas.
The artwork of Kim Nolan, who is one of the featured artists in the Elliott Museum's next exhibit.
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist when we grow up.” - Pablo Picasso

Art is for the ages and for all ages. All of us at the Historical Society of Martin County offer a heartfelt invitation to the young and old alike to pay a visit to our museum and tune into what we hope will become a lifelong habit for you. Teaching your children or grandchildren to appreciate art is a gift that lasts a lifetime. Art simply cannot be contained. No matter your location, vocation, or station in life, art remains accessible to you. Please feel welcome to immerse yourself in one of our gallery spaces and stay as long as you like. Bask in the creative talent that seems limitless…in a sea of limitations.
Enjoy art every day of your life!

“The highest form of art is making people happy. (My daily affirmation!)
- P.T. Barnum

Be unbridled and playful,
Rob Steele
President & CEO
Historical Society of Martin County
Help us win this special challenge!
Today kicks off Week #3 of the A Community Thrives campaign. This week three bonus grants are available to the organizations with the MOST donations. Please help us win an extra $4,000 by donating through the A Community Thrives website today through October 12. Donation amounts begin at $5 and the goal is to have the most "unique donors." Each of your e-mail addresses equates to a "unique donor." Please help the Elliott Museum win this special challenge. What a great investment, but it only works if each and everyone reading this post donates today! Please visit our Official Fundraising Page to make your donation! 
Have you checked out this hands-on exhibit yet?
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.
EXPLORE YOUR CREATIVE SIDE at the Elliott's newest exhibit, which 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 eight of the world’s leading animation artists.

In the last two newsletters, we focused on artists Carter Goodrich and David Biedrzycki. This week we introduce you to Bryan Ballinger from Indiana. He does illustration for children's books, websites, games, videos, ads and more. He also is the author and illustrator of "Animal Gas," a quirky sratch and sniff children's picture book. We will present the other artists in upcoming newsletters.They are Kevan Atteberry, Marty Kelley, Matt Ficner, Patrick Girouard and Russ Cox.
Learn all about this beauty on our YouTube channel!
Here's a detailed account of one of the Elliott Museum's most prized possessions, a 1914 Packard model 2-38 seven passenger Phaeton.

Look and listen as John Giltinan, the museum's car curator, fills you in on our YouTube channel.

You'll think you're watching a TV program. Take a look here!
Your Amazon purchases can help us!
There's an easy way to help our nonprofit organization when you're shopping at Amazon. Just go online to, log in to your existing account, and look for Your Amazon Smile under Account & Lists. Then designate us as your charity by searching for Historical Society of Martin County. Or set up a new Amazon account and follow the prompts.
Then every time you're shopping at Amazon, sign into Amazon Smile. It's the same Amazon you have come to know but by going to Amazon automatically will donate a percentage of your order total to our charity. That's an easy way to help us at no cost to you!
Next Cars & Coffee: Saturday, Oct. 10
Thank you to our presenting sponsor!
Thanks to our VIP radio partners!
Mark your calendar for the Oct. 10 Cars & Coffee event from 8 to 10 the Elliott Museum's parking lot. "True Oldies 106.9. & 95.9," one of our VIPs (Very Important Partners) will be broadcasting live from the Elliott and the event also is featured on their website.

We welcome you to bring your pride and joy ride or just come and schmooze with other car owners and enjoy the outdoor ambiance. 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.
A dazzling donation!
Thanks to Dr. David MacMillan, the Elliott Museum has added a Model Twenty-Five, five passenger touring vehicle to its car collection. The car’s four-cylinder engine produces 25 horsepower. The car is light gray with black fenders complemented by red coach lines. The headlamps, radiator shell, hubcaps and other appointments are brass. The interior is upholstered in black button tufted leather. This rare car is in excellent restored condition.

The Regal Automobile Company produced cars in Detroit from 1908 until 1918. In 1911 Regal began building sporty “underslung” cars. In an underslung, the axles and springs are suspended above the chassis. This placement provides a much lower ride height and better handling than in conventional cars. While Regal was not the only company to build underslung cars, it and the elegant American Underslung (built in Indianapolis, Indiana) are the best known.
Weekly car show continues
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, there also is a food truck on site.

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.
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.
Whether you want fancy or practical, we have it in the Emporium! Put your feet up for awhile with one of these great reads. Or, if you are lucky, this painting, pictured below the books, could be yours.
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.

Live Streaming Session, Tuesday, October 6, 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.

To sign up for Deena's next in-person Singing Crystal Bowls Vibrational Healing on Thursday, Oct. 22, from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Elliott Museum, click here. Space is limited to just 12 people!
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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