An Update from the President & CEO
Good day everyone,

We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.

The Historical Society of Martin County, Elliott Museum, and House of Refuge are so close, but have the power to transport you so far away. In just a few short minutes, you can be on Hutchinson Island and the drive itself is a beautiful thing. Crossing the Evans Crary Bridge to Sewall’s Point brings you down a couple of notches, and crossing the Ernie Lyons Bridge to Hutchingson Island will ground you to the earth where you belong.

We would like to cordially invite you to escape the relentless assault to your senses that we have all been hardening ourselves to, and enjoy a few hours of quiet (as well as safe) and intriguing stimulation. Despite our almost certain guarantee to lower stress and reduce anxiety, most health insurance plans do not recognize the HSMC as a qualified health care provider. But our admission prices are considerably lower than your co-pays, and you will feel good long after you depart our museums.

The hardest prison to escape is in your mind.

If you think the first half of 2020 has not worn you down a bit, you might be slightly out of touch. We offer a non-pharmaceutical approach to mental health, and these are the only couches involved in our therapeutic sessions. It seems reasonable to assume that none of us has been able to isolate our minds from the negative energy generated by this pandemic. The HSMC wants to be a part of the solution. Every Monday in August, we will be offering "Mental Health Mondays" at our museums and we will waive admission for everyone visiting the Elliott Museum and the House of Refuge. We will still practice a limited capacity in our buildings and adhere to all of the recommended guidelines to ensure your safety. We hope you will take us up on our invitation to join us to see what’s new and different.

You push the button, we do the rest. – George Eastman

During the past few months, the friendly banter of these weekly newsletters has been medicinal for me, and I hope they have provided some measure of diversion for you. Each week, I look forward to the insightful reader responses that so many people have taken the time to share with me. It encourages me that we have established a certain level of trust. I further hope you believe me when I tell you that it was one of our readers who suggested that we include a link in our newsletter to allow readers to easily contribute to our enduring cause. You will find the said button just below, and I say with conviction that I hope you wear it out.

Be upbeat and thoughtful,
Rob Steele
HSMC President & CEO
Plan your next meeting, event or seminar at the Elliott!
Did you know that you can plan to host your next special event, meeting, seminar or workshop at the Elliott Museum? I ndividuals, businesses, civic groups as well as organizations may book space for a most memorable event. Special pricing is available for HSMC members and sponsors. Available space includes the café, theater, Forum and the and the main lobby. Please call 772-225-1961 for details.
The café presents a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere for small groups to gather for intimate events and meetings.
Consider renting the Forum, a spacious room that may be utilized for seminars, workshops, meetings and special events.
Attention teachers! Show your ID for free admission.
Thanks to a partnership with the Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce, we are offering complimentary* general admission for any currently employed teacher and one guest to the Elliott Museum , valid now through August 31, 2020. 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.)
Like Bikes? Then be sure to check out this exhibit!
You have until September 13 to see  this impressive private collection of 22 classic British motorcycles at the Elliott Museum. 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.
Mark your calendar for the next Cars & Coffee.
Sponsored by
Mark your calendar for Saturday, August 8, from 8 to 10 a.m. 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.
You’ve been parent, teacher, caregiver and summer social director. Now it’s time to take care of yourself. Our salt scrub will make your skin soft as silk. Riding a bus or studying at home, our buses are fun! Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sound for your Soul
July 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 .
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