When is the right time to write about your family history? There's a myth that we tell ourselves -- and it's hurting our research.
Real photo post card of Ocean Avenue looking west from U.S. 1.
The Florida Library/State Archives of Florida/Florida Memory has an interesting program and contest for Florida teenagers. Pass it on! http://dos.myflorida.com/library-archives/services-for-libraries/florida-library-youth-program/ ... See more
Save the Date! Monday March 19th.
Woodmen of the World unveil monument to the late Mr. Robert Benson (20 January 1916, The Miami News).
Tonight's the night. Free presentation - bring friends.
Boynton Woman's Club held first meeting Dec. 7, 1909. President Cora Stickney (Mrs. Charles) Harper gave the address and welcome (The Miami News, 18 Dec. 1909).
Join our friends in Lake Worth and our own Ginger Pedersen for a special presentation. Please make plans to join us for this program on February 28. You are sure to learn something new about Lake Worth. Please note that this program is UPSTAIRS at Suri's. ... See more
While in Miami we took these pictures of the last operational Royal Castle Restaurant.
We hope to get these oral history recordings up on our website so all can listen and learn from our Boynton pioneers (The Palm Beach Post, 23 March, 1978).
Our town founder!
There are very few first-hand accounts of Byrd Spilman Dewey. The most detailed comes from Ruby Andrews Myers, who was an editor at the Tropical Sun newspaper in the 1890s. Her account appeared in the Tequesta Magazine: "Practically all life centered on the east side, where were located the hotels. Fronting west, from their western verandahs, there was little to be seen but tall pines swaying over tufts of wire grass or saw palmetto. There were a few homes on the west side, most of them small and set back from the lake shore and therefore unseen from the east side. Among them was the modest home of Byrd Spilman Dewey, whose book Bruno later won fame. She was doing a little work as her health would permit, but her principal object in life then was to get well, which she was doing. She and her husband had arrived on the lake sometime in the later ‘eighties, acquired a home site on the west shore of Lake Worth and built a small two-story house under the pine trees. In a genial clime, under a southern sun, they were fighting their way back to health. I was a delighted visitor to their home where there were books and book talk. We were all interested in the same things and there was much lively discourse on many topics, but never a word about Bruno. Mrs. Dewey did most of the domestic work which she loved, found time to write two or three columns a week for the Tropical Sun, visited a little at the hotel, principally for the music, I judged, and was a most delightful hostess. There were many ingenious, original contraptions about the house to save steps and fill needs, which she designed and her husband executed. These included a kerosene-lamp-stove arrangement by which her salt-rising bread turned out to perfection. She had a rare critical faculty – rare in that it was kind – and her bright, optimistic encouragement meant much to her fellow travelers along the road of writing. Small of stature, clear-eyed, curly-haired, with quiet manner, unobtrusive yet possessed of a striking personality, few who have ever known her are likely to forget her. I have never done so and cherish her friendship, satisfying and inspiring." ... See more
Please join the Boynton Beach Historical Society on Monday, Feb. 19th at 6:30 p.m (Note: New Location) First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall 235 SW 6th Ave Boynton Beach Donn R. Colee, Jr. presents: Towers In The Sand The definitive story of the people, the radio and television stations, and the events that built an industry and a state. Broadcasting touches almost every person in the United States every day. But like the air we breathe, we seldom give it a second thought. Towers in the Sand is the only comprehensive history of Florida’s broadcasting industry 1922-2016, the people who brought those stations to life, and the events that saw the state grow from boom to bust and back again to now the nation’s third most populous. Over a decade in the making and fully referenced and indexed, Towers in the Sand tells stories from over eighty Florida broadcasting pioneers and current leaders from the Keys to the Panhandle. A celebration of broadcasting’s proudest moments through hard-hitting journalism and editorials, lifesaving moments through decades of hurricanes, and lighthearted moments with favorite personalities and promotions, Towers in the Sand also laments the loss of a national treasure as most stations were transformed from local community partners to lines on corporate balance sheets. As broadcasting sits at the precipice of a very uncertain future, the author hopes through this work to engage thought, conversation, and action to ensure its continued relevance in society. ... See more
Where did you buy vinyl records and 8-track and cassette tapes?
Let's drop the needle on these memories of lost record stores in Palm Beach County. Historical Society of Palm Beach County FloridaPast State Archives of Florida Historic Palm Beach County!
The first lucrative crops in Boynton were pineapples, tomatoes and other winter vegatables. Oscar Winchester had one of the leading pineapple plantations and shipped his the red spanish variety to northern markets. ... See more
The Boynton Woman's Club decides to make their club library a free library (26 January, 1923, The Palm Beach Post).
Tropical Postcard Show. Searching for more local history to share!
Have you seen the new exhibits at the Delray Beach Historical Society? The exhibits are not only entertaining, they inform, education and spark curiosity. Here are some educator resources for additional discovery. https://exploredelray.wordpress.com ... See more
Visit the post for more.
This postcard depicts old Knollwood Road in Boynton. Was this Knollwood Farms Military Trail or Lawrence Road entrance way?
Does anyone remember the Royal Castle on federal hwy in Boynton, across the street from the first Buds Chicken
Melear Brothers rally in milk production with 2,200 cows (26 Jun 1955, The Palm Beach Post).
In the 1940s and 1950s rental cottages and motor lodges lined Dixie Highway, along with Alligator Farms and Souvenir Shops. The Inlet Village was situated on the east side of Federal directly across from the South Lake Worth (Boynton) Inlet. ... See more
On the Trail to Boynton. Military Trail looking south at Lake Worth Road, 1942.
You can see some of Boynton's lost lakes such as Lake Webster, Lake Boynton and Lake Bessie on this 1918 map. "Mammoth Reclamation Project now under way in Palm Beach County" by the Lake Worth Drainage District. I especially like how they have railroads, towns and "wagon roads" marked on the map (23 Jun 1918, The Palm Beach Post). ... See more
From Barbara Smith - Passing of Fred Senior.
Researching for a new Boynton history book - contact us if you have photos, artifacts, maps, documents or stories to share.
The message is from Tom. NO matter what else Changes in your life One thing will always stay the same And that's how very much I love you. Tom, (symbols of- eye heart U)
Message in a bottle~~Help solve a mystery. Cheryl writes "This was found on inlet back when Hurricane Irene happened. Where can we go to post this to hopefully find the sender...has never been opened but the wax seal is starting to fail." Please share!! ... See more
Who recognizes this downtown Boynton landmark? (Photo courtesy R. Katz).
This is a documentary on the Yesteryear Village at the South Florida Fairgrounds produced by the Seminole Ridge High School Television Production Academy.
Picture this: Boynton before 1910. Pineapple plantations, truck farms, no traffic (unpaved roads), one oceanfront hotel, plentiful fishing, cheap land, abundant sunshine and fresh air, free access to the beaches everywhere. ... See more
Ruth Jones' Cottage moving to East Ocean Avenue.
Boynton original 1896 post office application.
M.A. Weaver's dairy farm and milking barn in west Boynton Beach between Lawrence Road and Military Trail.
Christa Mcauliffe Middle School on Le Chalet Blvd. is named for the brave school teacher who was among the seven who lost their lives 32 years ago on January 28, 1986 aboard the NASA Space Shuttle Challenger. ... See more
Did you know that the old Madsen Center clubhouse is the Boynton Beach Playhouse?
Helping Family Historians Make More Discoveries
Janet DeVries (left) and Ginger L. Pedersen hold a copy of the book they wrote, Pioneering Palm Beach. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star By Ron Hayes How doe…
Students from Equestrian Trails Elementary toured Yesteryear Village and learned about how people lived in the past.
Who would you nominate? https://orlando-politics.com/2018/01/24/florida-womens-hall-fame-seeks-nominations/
Nominations for the 2018 Florida Women’s Hall of Fame are now being accepted through Jan. 31, 2018, by the Florida Commission on the Status of Women. The Florida Women’s Hall of Fame commemorates women’s history by honoring and remembering those women whose lives and contributions have improv.... ... See more
Palm Beach County school history, including the Boynton Rosenwald school. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mLOGCJzi7g&t=761s
Heritage, Thursdays at 5:30 PM. Hosted by Alan Gerstel and Laurel Sauer, “Heritage” is a showcase of programming that features local South Florida history on...
Comments are closed.