A home of its own would give the Port St. Lucie Historical Society the chance to grow, to display, to share as the city moves forward from its past. In 2014, the Society will continue working with the city to find such a home.
We can use your support. First,with your encourgagment to preserve the city's past. Financial support through membership and donations will help turn this into an educational historical archive for the public. As we grow and broaden our services, volunteers will be needed.
In 2011, a small group of Society volunteers partnered with the City in the huge week-long celebration of Port St. Lucie's 50th anniversary. The Society produced the book "Port St. Lucie at 50: A City for All People," numerous anniversary week events and the award-winning docu-drama "A City Within a Dream" with original music that also won awards. For a video presentation of 2011's events, click this link.
Gatherings are held for members to share memories, and the web site is updated regularly. We continue to evaluate the masses of materials we have received and enter historically significant items in our digital archives. We work with a software program used by most small museums in the country.
.FORT PIERCE: The Port St. Lucie Historical Society in partnership with the Port St. Lucie Downtown Lions Club gifted 50 history books, Port St. Lucie at 50, and 50 DVDs of the docudrama City of Dreams to the St. Lucie Public School District during the Jan. 9, 2014, principals meeting in Fort Pierce,. The items are for permanent use in all of the schools' media centers.
The gift, valued at $2,750, was a joint effort of the Lions Club, which raised the seed money, and the society, which provided the books and DVDs at cost. Both organizations have worked together for some time to bring this project to fruition, noting that they strongly support our public schools' mission of quality education.
The books and DVDs commemorate Port St. Lucie's 50th Anniversary, which took place April 27, 2011. The next challenging project for the society is to raise significant funds to place the history book in certain classrooms in the district. Contributions for the project can be made through the society's website pslhistory.org/wish.html , by calling 772.337.5698 or by mail to P.O. Box 7146, Port St. Lucie, 34985.
Pictured: (L-R) Greg Smith, President of Port St. Lucie Downtown Lions Club, Superintendent Genelle Zoratti Yost, School Board Member Kathryn Hensley, Richard McAfoos, Chair of the Port St. Lucie Historical Society. (Click photo for larger version)
In progress ...
- Work with the City to obtain a place to house archives, displays and meetings
- Growing our membership and volunteer base
- Planning more gatherings to share more memories
- Sharing with the public through sales of our history book, "City of Dreams" DVD and audio CD
- Working local groups and businesses to make our history book and DVD available in St. Lucie County Public Schools
- Increasing and improving our archives
- Striving to live up to our mission
- Continuing to cooperate with other community organizations
In the future ...
- Meet the challenge of acquiring necessary funds to develop the Port St. Lucie Historical Museum, a permanent home for archives and displays the public can visit
- Recruit and train volunteers to share history with the public through researching archives and creating displays
- Form a Speakers Bureau knowledgeable about various segments of our past