ELLIOTT MUSEUM

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HOUSE OF REFUGE

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THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF MARTIN COUNTY

“The Genius of Innovation and Creativity.”

This private, non-profit organization, Historical Society of Martin County, interprets and celebrates the genius of innovation, creativity and the historical events of Martin County and the surrounding region, all within an environment of learning and discovery.

PURCHASE TICKETS TODAY!

Purchase your tickets to the Elliott Museum, House of Refuge Museum, or a Combo package!

HSMC is proud to have two Blue Star Museums!

And admission is always free to Veterans and Military personnel.

Call us for any questions at 772.225.1961


Elliott Museum
Regular Admission


House of Refuge Museum Regular Admission


Elliott Museum & House of Refuge Combo Admission

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Historical Society of Martin County

The Historical Society of Martin County is the parent organization of the Elliott Museum and House of Refuge Museum. As the Elliott Museum wows guests with its renowned car and baseball collections, the House of Refuge showcases what life was like for the Keeper and his family in turn-of-the-century Florida. Both museums showcase a wide variety of exhibits, collections, and lectures, all designed to serve the interests of people who live in and visit Florida’s Treasure Coast.

The Historical Society of Martin County is the parent organization of the Elliott Museum and House of Refuge Museum.

Message From The President

May 25, 2020

Dollars and Common Sense.

 

A STITCH IN TIME SAVES NINE.

Despite the acute global challenges that are confronting everyone today, the Historical Society of Martin County (HSMC) is positioning itself to rise to new heights. About two years ago, the position of the HSMC could be described as somewhat tenuous. Museum veteran Al Simbritz agreed to serve as the interim executive director of the institution during these very uncertain and difficult days. He did not do it for the money, glory, or glamour…he did it to save the museums.
Al had to devise ways to squeeze already limited expenses and ration out the insufficient revenues to keep the ship afloat. Al, simply and certainly, saved the museums. After more than a decade of selfless service to the Historical Society, Al has announced his retirement will happen in June.

He has shepherded our wonderful volunteers, facilitated group sales, and done a masterful job of programming our exhibits to the delight of thousands. Al will continue to serve the HSMC as a volunteer at the House of Refuge Museum and we hope all of you will join us in wishing him the very best!

A PENNY SAVED IS A PENNY EARNED

Nonprofit organizations are, in almost every instance, frugal establishments. As a matter of habit and pride, we are known to have a bowl of recycled paper clips, the paper that has only been used on one side, and thermostats with only two settings…too hot, and too cold. We are absurdly careful with the precious resources our supporters share with us and our most prized staff is almost always our financial manager.

At the HSMC, we had the good fortune to witness the clouds parting and heard the angels singing when Vikki Tobiasz dropped from the sky into a lopsided chair at a second-hand desk. She is now officially our fiscal angel. The first thing we see each and every day is her smile, and her patience with us is a legend.

Vikki has done a phenomenal job of making sense of our numbers and sharing valuable information and insights with every single member of our organization. We used to be focused on the nickels and dimes, and now we are focused on the pennies. Her negotiation skills were certainly honed in the New Delhi Bazaar, and I feel sorry for the vendor who takes our account for granted. Vikki is a consummate financial professional and she is ready, willing, and able to do anything for the organization on any front.

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” — Benjamin Franklin.

NEVER STOP LEARNING

The stock market is volatile, property values are susceptible to bubbles, gas prices are unpredictable, and food prices move in only one direction, but learning is eternally cumulative. Have you ever had a senior mentor tell you, “I never stop learning”? I’m sure you have. The people we admire and declare as “sharp as a tack” have a common trait. They never cease in their passion for assimilating knowledge.

Whether they are heavy readers or e-readers, they read a lot. They attend lectures, consume periodicals, listen to fascinating radio programming, and watch mostly high-quality television offerings. Unless you are wearing a hockey helmet, please don’t ask a lifelong learner if they watched the last episode of “The Bachelor.”

Our most knowledgeable friends, family, and acquaintances also visit museums. They are members of their local museums and visit museums in their travels. They seem to have limitless storage capacity for the details they are exposed to and they often recite the stories they heard from the docents in these museums. The perspectives, prosperity, and pleasure they derive from their museum experiences are invaluable to them.



WE HOPE YOU WILL CONSIDER

Joining their ranks and becoming a member of the Historical Society of Martin County.

JOIN TODAY

Be alert, be well, be hopeful,

Rob Steele

HSMC President & CEO

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