Port St. Lucie Historical Society, Inc., Story


A booth with Society items was manned at the September Hometown Lunchfest at City Hall. Interviews, including state and national survivors, were organized by McAfoos were taped at the October Remember Holocaust exhibit Event at the Civic Center, sponsored by Vice Mayor Linda Bartz. 

The Society created a Facebook page. McAfoos spoke at the Downtown Lions Club luncheon on March 12, 1013.

McAfoos headed a fund-raising effort to provide Port St. Lucie at 50: A City for all People history books and DVDs to all school libraries in St. Lucie County.

Gatherings at Rick’s Diner featured two of the city’s first residents: teacher Beth Gessner in March and real estate broker Paul Zinter in May. Veteran area journalists Joe Crankshaw and Mary Dodge spoke at the September gathering at Mark Barnes’ home, also the site of the holiday gathering.

Meetings continued with City Hall about a site for a PSL history museum. Archiving and other Society business continued.


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.

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.

The Port St. Lucie Historical Society's docudrama DVD City of Dreams was shown Sunday, July 27, 2014, in the beautiful Savanna Club Theatre for 160 members of the community's homeowners association and guests. McAfoos and Grabhorn made a presentation to more than 100 members of the Cascades Men's Club in St. Lucie West on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014.

McAfoos, Dodge and Grabhorn presented a two-session adult education class given in October 2014 for the Fielden Institute of Indian River State College at the Strelsa Schrieber Center on the St. Lucie West campus. They were aided by persons who witnessed and have participated in making the city's history.


About 50 members of the Men's Club at Temple Beth El Israel in St. Lucie West attended a Jan. 11, 2015, presentation by McAfoos and Grabhorn.

Three volunteers, Christensen, Grabhorn and Dodge, from the PSL Historical Society were among the 19 judges when hundreds of seventh grade students in the St. Lucie County Public School District displayed their Project Citizen boards and supporting materials at Indian River State College's Kight Center on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015.

The Port St. Lucie Historical Society was invited to provide a brief session on the city's history on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, at the St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce's St. Lucie, a series of classes for participants chosen as those who can provide proactive within the county. After an introduction by McAfoos, Dodge and Christensen gave presentations.

The auditeria of Palm Pointe Research School at Tradition was packed with exhibits Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, as students vied in the county History Fair to be chosen to take their presentations to the state finals in Tallahassee in May. Board members Caraballo, Grabhorn, Dodge and long-time society member Beth Gessner (shown) volunteered.

The Society moved history books and other items from its former storage facility to one near the Civic Center, thanks to a crew of volunteers led by Grabhorn.

Board members attended the March 13 charette and March 31, 2015,  public workshop to discuss and suggest plans for the Westmoreland project, next to the Botanical Gardens, which is to include a city museum. The Society remained active in these discussions throughout the year.

McAfoos reported in October that the City Council had approved the proposed concept plan for the Westmoreland Boulevard site to be added to the City’s Comprehensive Plan. The grant funding (est. $395,000) of moving the Peacock Ranch buildings to the site had been approved at No. 25 of a list of 50 projects in place for the state to fund in FY 2016-17.


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