The National Trust for Historic Preservation has declared May as PRESERVATION MONTH and the Palm Coast Historical Society plans to honor this designation in a number of ways:
May 1 @ 10 am:
Professor J. Michael Butler will present a lecture entitled "Magnificent Drama: Martin Luther King in St. Augustine." Based on the Civil Rights Leader's visits in 1964. Lecture is in-person at the Palm Coast Community Center.
May 4 @ 6 pm:
The Palm Coast City Council proclaims May 2021 as National Preservation Month, encouraging residents "to be energized by our City's history that stitches together stories of all who've tied our community together with the threads of hope and promise."
May 15 @ 10 am:
Art historian and author Mallory O'Connor presents "Billy's Wonderful Performances: The Art and Science of William Bartram." Based on the explorer's travels in the Southeast between 1765 and 1775. Lecture is via Zoom. Visit www.palmcoasthistory.org for the link.
Preservation Month began as National Preservation Week in 1973. First Lady Patricia Nixon presented the National Trust Awards during our bi-centennial year and read the Presidential Proclamation which stated: "As the pace of change accelerates around us Americans more than ever need a lively awareness of their roots and origins in order to base a sense of identity in the present for direction in the future."
In an effort to promote historic places and heritage tourism the National Trust in 2005 extended the celebration to include the entire month. The Palm Coast Historical Society, with financial assistance from the Flagler County Tourist Development Council and the City of Palm Coast, works in cooperation with the Flagler County Historical Roundtable to celebrate the diverse and unique heritage of our local area in an effort to promote the social and economic benefits of historic preservation.
Participating Roundtable groups include but are not limited to the African American Cultural Society, American Association of University Women/Flagler, Flagler Auditorium, Flagler Beach Historical Museum, Flagler County Historical Society and Holden House Museum, Florida Agricultural Museum, Heritage Crossroads, Kings Road Historic District, Marineland, and Scenic A1A Historic Byway.
The Palm Coast Historical Society Museum located in Holland Park is FREE and open Wednesday and Saturday from 1 - 3 pm. We are currently celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Palm Coast, founded on October 29, 1970. For updates check our website and Facebook.