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Discover the rich history of Palm Beach County

October 09, 2015

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There’s no better place to learn about our fascinating local history than the The Johnson History Museum. 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 “By Sea and Land: Florida in the Civil War,” which just opened last month. The exhibition tells the story of Floridians and how they joined the fight. In particular, it will focus on how Florida contributed to the Confederacy and the high costs of war and freedom. 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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