Welcome to the Boynton Beach Historical Society
A Message to our Boynton Beach Historical Society Family
Standing in the Florida Reading Room now located on the second floor of the Boynton Beach City Library, I am grateful for a large comfortable room dedicated to Florida books and journals. This room has one of the best views in the city. Looking out a large window you see Ocean Avenue and the old Boynton High School majestically restored. So many people have commented to me about this cultural gem that sparkles in the heart of our downtown for all people.
The old high school was saved from the wrecking ball at the last moment by the Boynton Beach Historical Society, fellow citizens and city leaders. This old building has strong bones and was a place of refuge for many people during the 1928 hurricane. I see new trees growing and a joyful children’s park. Children can be seen playing on the swings, running around and laughing. An attractive black fence keeps the children safe. Here is history unfolding in 2021 during the pandemic.
The Reading Room also provides a view of Seacrest Boulevard, the historic First United Methodist Church and the Schoolhouse Children’s Museum. Kinetic art installations give Boynton Beach a modern vibe for the future. It is quiet in the Reading Room. It is an oasis of Florida history with fascinating books about Seminoles, shipwrecks, sea captains, farmers, pioneers, nature, birds, and the Everglades. Drop by sometime and pick up a book and look out a window where you will see a city full of possibilities.
We have launched virtual programs this season with great success. We appreciate all our members and friends who support our work and are happy to welcome recent new members. Technology, in its best form, allows us to continue to be together during this pandemic. We hope you will join us for future programs.
A Special Message to our Boynton Beach Historical Society Family
March 23, 2020
At a time when we are all feeling anxious and isolated from our family, friends, colleagues,and neighbors, Boynton Beach Historical Society’s stories of faith, struggle, and hope are available through our Library archives at www.boynton-beach.org/library/archives, Historic Boynton Beach on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/historicboyntonbeach, and on our website, http://www.boyntonhistory.org/. Florida Humanities https://floridahumanities.org/ offers some great Florida stories as well.
These past events recall how people cared for and helped one another in our community. Please pray for those affected by COVID-19 and for the medical professionals who are caring for them.
Now is the time for us to be kind to others and take time to appreciate the beauty of tropical Florida. History can keep us connected and inspired as we navigate these unchartered waters. Boynton survived the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic, Yellow Fever, the 1928 Hurricane, the Great Depression, two World Wars, and we will overcome this coronavirus.
Sadly, we have postponed the remainder of our season’s events. We will miss seeing you, but we promise to stay in touch with new information.
We want you to know how grateful we are for your continued, faithful support that helps us share important stories and collections through our programs and outreach. Please stay safe and hopeful as we face this invisible enemy. History will show we were made stronger during this time. Your Board of Directors looks forward to when we can gather again.
President, Boynton Beach Historical Society