An Update from the President & CEO
Good day everyone,

"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old but on building the new." – Socrates

When the smoke clears (literally and figuratively) on this tumultuous year of 2020, the Historical Society of Martin County will most certainly not be going back to any long-learned routines. We will be fervently committed to making the Elliott Museum and the House of Refuge Museum exciting and dynamic public gathering spaces that will, by design, keep you guessing.

While riding through this roller coaster of a year (without seatbelts), our staff has worked hard to improve our agility and the agility of our museums. We have done agility training with much the same intensity as professional athletes…albeit slightly older athletes with a full complement of day to day challenges like sore joints, digestive issues, and presbyopia. We have set our sites on the lofty goal of rotating a third of our total exhibition space three to four times a year.
The mind is like a parachute; it works only when it is open.

We are casting the rules governing what we can and can’t do with regard to exhibits, lectures, gatherings, and activities at our museums to the wind. Yes, we are museums in every sense of the word, but we also are indoor/outdoor venues, forums, theaters, lecture halls, and, most importantly, community gathering places. We have been open, on a safe and controlled basis for all of these things since July 6. We are oftentimes open outside of our posted hours, and we are open to creative uses of our spaces that we have not yet conceptualized. 
"Understanding is a two-way street." – Eleanor Roosevelt

Our ears are even more open than our minds. We want to hear from you. Your creative ideas will be the fuel that determines the look and feel of our museum campuses as we gallop into a bright future. We sincerely hope to harvest ideas from every age group, socioeconomic group, blood type, and corner of this beautiful community. Our dedication to the concept of two-way communications knows no bounds.

Please feel empowered to share your thoughts with us and know that we are ready to partner with individuals and organizations who have great ideas for programming that will enliven and enrich the lives of everyone in the region. The programmatic ideas that we are currently ruminating on are Aviation, Fishing, Dogs & Cats, Legends, Myths and Superstition, UFOs, Water, and every possible classification of Art. Let’s make this easy; if you have an idea, please share it with me at

Let the fun begin!

Be unbridled and playful,
Rob Steele
President & CEO
Historical Society of Martin County
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There is a CREATOR within you!
Explore the Elliott's newest hands-on exhibit
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 six of the world’s leading animation artists.

In the last newsletter, we focused on Carter Goodrich. In this issue, we are highlighting David Biedrzycki, whose artwork is pictured above. His art career began in the fourth grade when his drawings won first place. He went on to illustrate picture books and create art for newspapers, magazines, ad agencies and design firms. We will introduce the other artists in upcoming newsletters.They include Bryan Ballinger, Kevan Atteberry, Marty Kelley, Matt Ficner, Patrick Girouard and Russ Cox.
Our heartfelt thanks to Janeen Mason (pictured right), curator of the Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta, Florida, for creating this magnificent exhibit and sharing it with our guests. She is joined by Paula Hundt in this photo, which was captured during the Martin Artisans Guild's recent reception at our museum.
Who was Gilbert? Find out on our YouTube channel!
Another new segment has been added to the HSMC YouTube Channel. In this short teaser video, Michael Phillips tells you about the legend of Gilbert. Check it out 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.
First weekly car show attracts a crop of cool cars!
Lew's Crew Cruisin' at the Elliott, a weekly Tuesday night car show, kicked off last Tuesday with a lineup of cool cars parked at the Elliott Museum. This event will take place every Tuesday at the Elliott from 5 to 8 p.m. and there will be 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, wearing a mask in public, etc.
Another opportunity to see the
Bulldog Breed British Bikes Exhibit
The Bulldog Breed British Bikes exhibit, originally scheduled to end on September 13, has been extended so you still have an opportunity to see this private collection of Jim and Dee Thomas. Featuring 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.
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.
New York may have had its Fashion Week, now it’s time for Stuart, Florida. The Emporium Museum Shoppe has new rings, earrings, ankle bracelets, and bracelets for men, women, boys & girls. If it rains, we have you covered there, too!
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.

To sign up for Deena's next in-person Singing Crystal Bowls Vibrational Healing on Thursday, Oct. 1, from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Elliott Museum, click here. Space is limited to just 12 people!

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.
Community News
Members of the Martin Artisans Guild recently met at the Elliott Museum to socialize and check out the museum's latest offerings. Remember that our museum is available to rent for your organization's own events. Please call 772-225-1961 for more information.
Cat Matheson and Barb Bucci
Danuta Rothschild and Neil Capozzi
Colleen Ferschke and Erica Arruda
Alex Murray, Laura Kay Whiticar, and Phyllis Bevis
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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