ELLIOTT MUSEUM

OPENS MONDAY, JULY 6

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU SOON.

HOUSE OF REFUGE

OPENS MONDAY, JULY 6

 WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU SOON.

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.

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THE RUDDER OF OUR SHIP IS ON COURSE!

 

“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.” - Albert Einstein

OUR CLEAR VISION!

This may surprise some of you but we have a reasonably clear vision of where we are taking the Historical Society of Martin County, even though the rules are changing on a semi-regular basis in 2020. The rudder of our ship is virtually lashed down on a course to:

● Evolve our two historically significant museum campuses on Hutchinson Island into public forums and gathering places where our community can readily share ideas, educate themselves, and advance the well-being of the region.
● Preserve, protect, and share the fascinating stories of the Treasure Coast’s rich and sometimes complex history.
● Stand ever at the ready to do something unexpected and perhaps radically different if it seems to be in the best interest to serve the community.

 

OUR PURPOSE AND RESOLVE

Are concretized but we welcome a very circuitous path to get there. We invite you today and every day to challenge us, encourage us, advise us, or even scold us as we find creative ways to optimize our facilities and our mission. You will find we are bend-over-backward flexible in our ability to adapt to a fluid world.

 

“Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending easily in the wind.” – Bruce Lee

The Elliott Museum is one of the strongest, most storm-resistant structures on Hutchinson Island.

By contrast, just five minutes south, the House of Refuge Museum is the oldest and most vulnerable structure on the island. Both of these distinctive treasures are under the protective umbrella of the Historical Society of Martin County.

 

THE SAD REALITY OF THE 2020 TURMOIL

is that it may effectively remove some beloved landmarks from the landscape. But with your continued patience and support, the HSMC and its museums will not be among them. We are reverse-engineering our relevance with all deliberate speed, and we are digging in to survive this storm with a wink and a smile.

 

WE ARE RE-EMERGING

from our respective cocoons on Monday, July 6, for your diversion and enjoyment, and we couldn’t be happier to be opening.

We have used the wind to fill our sails, and you will most assuredly enjoy the voyage.

 

“Flexibility is the key to stability.” – John Wooden

It would be laughable for me to intimate that we have not experienced moments of concern during the “interlude” of 2020. Sleep has not always been our friend as we have tried to stay one step ahead of a playing field that changes daily.
In light of these challenges, we have discovered that we are blessed with limitless agility to make the necessary changes to engage people and provide them with an escape from the unsettling circumstances of day-to-day life in a chaotic world.

We are honestly counting on you to help us with your words of encouragement and support as we reset the foundation stones of the historical landmarks we are charged to care for.

 

“Freedom and happiness are found in the flexibility and ease with which we move through change.” – The Buddha

We have been partnering with HI Mindfulness Forums at the Historical Society for about a year now. This initiative was one of our early attempts to open the gates of the museums and let the horses run. We are prepared to serve as a meeting place for the free exchange of all manner of ideas and energies. This mindset is essential to our long-term survival.
 
Deena Rahill, the creator of HI Mindfulness Forums, has broadcast a Crystal Bowl Sound Experience live from the Elliott Museum every week since the museum closed on March 17. Since then, over 20,000 participants around the world have enjoyed these live video broadcasts safely online. More than 10,000 people viewed these videos in just the last two weeks.

We have adapted to the new rules and created our own YouTube Channel, thus far showing a series of terrific video presentations featuring John Giltinan, our co-car-curator, that have been extremely well received. Our Facebook platform has been re-energized and now features content-rich posts, sharing the amazingly diverse and long-hidden jewels in our permanent collection.

Change is imminent, and change is embraced in our brave new world


We can’t wait to share the changes with you beginning Monday, July 6.

 

Be decisive and ever agile,

Rob Steele

HSMC President & CEO

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