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Discover the rich history of Palm Beach County

September 03, 2014

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As the saying goes, “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” And there’s no better place to learn about our fascinating local history than the Historical Society of Palm Beach County. The society is even located in an historic building—the 1916 Palm Beach County Courthouse, which has been thoroughly restored with an on-site museum. The Johnson History Museum contains a People Gallery that offers a tribute to nearly 100 people and families that have contributed to the county’s growth. There is also a Place Gallery with exhibits that explore our natural environment and the animals and ecology that make it unique. Or if you enjoy research, you can make an appointment to browse the extensive archives and artifact collection. More than one million photographs, postcards, architectural drawings, diaries and maps are available for study. The Historical Society also presents special exhibitions, such as “Courage Under Fire: 120 Years of Fire Rescue,” which opens September 9. The exhibition tells the story of how the county’s original volunteer fire department was formed and how the volunteers evolved into a force of skilled first responders. In a time when buildings were wooden and flames provided the only light, a highly trained fire department was critical. The Johnson History Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and admission is free. For information, call 561-832-4164 or go to www.historicalsocietypbc.org  

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