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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 encouragement 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 docudrama "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.
STUDENTS GIVE TOP MARKS TO PSL HISTORY ADULT LEARNING COURSE
Students were few but enthusiastic in their evaluation of the two-session adult education class given in October for the Fielden Institute of Indian River State College at the Strelsa Schrieber Center on the St. Lucie West campus.
In the college-sponsored evaluation, respondents said the course was informative, enjoyable and well-organized. They also strongly agreed they would recommend the course to others, so stay tuned for future offerings.
Aided by persons who witnessed and have participated in making the city's history, Port St. Lucie Historiical Society members presented slides and discussion about the days before the city came on the scene and various key points of growth since its incorporation in 1961.
The history book produced for the city's anniversary, Port St. Lucie at 50: A City for All People, is being used as text, The first class gave the students a chance to hear some firsthand accounts of historical events and trends within the city. The class continued in the second session with the professionally produced 90-minuted docudrama City of Dreams, further discussion and a question-and-answer session.
The course is presented by society Chair Richard McAfoos and Secretary Mary Dodge, with aid from board members Dennis Grabhorn and Patricia Chirstensen and society member Beth Gessner as well as archeologist and author Lucille Rights, former City Council member Chris Cooper and City Planner Patti Tobin.
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