The weather isn’t the only “cool” thing to arrive with the transition of summer to fall! With the start of the arts and cultural season, you’ll never want to leave Downtown West Palm Beach. The Historical Society of Palm Beach County, one of our favorite places to visit, has a calendar full of fun and activity for all ages this month. Formed in 1937, the Society is dedicated to collecting and preserving artifacts and documents representing the cultures and communities, failures and successes of life in Palm Beach County. Take a look!
1. Harvest Festival & Scarecrow Contest
Saturday, October 26, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person (kids under the age of 3 are free). This family-friendly fall festival is now in its 10th year! Celebrate the history of agriculture with live music from BUCK-OH-FIVE, arts and crafts, agricultural displays, and more. In addition to the festival, anyone and everyone can enter the Scarecrow Contest. Schools, art clubs, scout troops, families, and local businesses are invited to build a life-size scarecrow depicting a historical PBC figure. Information about the festival is available HERE.
2. One Half of the People: Advancing Equality for Women
Did you know it’s the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment? Celebrating the centennial anniversary of the amendment that gave U.S. women the right to vote with this traveling exhibit on display in the Historic Court Room now through October 26! Visitors will learn how a diverse group of suffragists fought for over 70 years to win the right to vote, how women continued to seek equality after 1919, and get to know eleven women who pushed the boundaries of what was accepted and expected of women. FREE to attend. Information about this exhibit is available HERE.
3. Becoming West Palm Beach: Celebrating 125 Years
The City of West Palm Beach is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year! To celebrate its development from a small “scrub” town into an alluring city for tourism and residents, this exhibit highlights the many of the triumphs and trials that have made West Palm Beach what it is and continues to become. Find out how West Palm Beach grew into a metropolis where people live, work, and play in paradise! This exhibit will be on display in the Main Gallery now through July 3, 2020. FREE to attend. Information about this exhibit is available HERE.
The Historical Society of Palm Beach County is located at 300 N Dixie Hwy. in Downtown West Palm Beach. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday; closed Sunday.
For more information, please call (561)832-4164 or visit hspbc.org.