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The Month of May is Martin County Historic Preservation month. The opening kick-off program will be May 1st, Friday afternoon at Stuart Heritage Museum (call 220-4600 for details). There will be a variety of events to attend across the county during the month. Check with this site as they are listed.
Friday, May 1st at 6 pm at the Hoke Library on Jack James Way in Jensen Beach will be a guest speaker, Alice L. Luckhardt, covering about Jensen's pioneer days. It is titled "Jensen Pioneers - Raw, Wild and Unspoiled". The program by the library marks the 60th anniversary of the Library Association. It is free and open to the public.
The GREAT GIVE for Stuart Heritage Museum is for 24-hours, from 5 pm on May 5 to May 6th at 5 pm. It is the opportunity for anyone in any location to make a minimum of a $10 donation online to help the museum continue to provide its fine historic programs. See this site starting at 5 pm on Tuesday, May 5th to please donate to the Museum. Special thank you. https://www.greatgiveflorida.org/#npo/stuart-heritage-inc
Monthly Stuart Heritage Program
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 7 pm at the Flagler Place, 201 SW Flagler Ave.
Free and Open to the Public
The Life and Times of Forest 'Fergie' Ferguson, Jr. - A Giant Among Men by Alice L. Luckhardt and Bob D'Angelo
The City of Stuart on Memorial Day will be recognizing the heroic efforts of Fergie Ferguson on June 6, 1944, which eventually cost him his life. Follow the events of this local boy and his contributions to Stuart, the state of Florida and his nation.
MARK your Calendar -- Noon - Memorial Day - Monday, May 25, 2015.
After the Memorial Day Parade along East Ocean Blvd and the gathering of veterans and others at Memorial Park in the morning, there will be a special dedication ceremony at Noon marking the naming of the large Bandstand (gazebo) next to the Courthouse Cultural Center in honor of Forest K. 'Fergie' Ferguson Jr. A bronze plaque will also be unveiled in his honor.
Only a few of the book "History of Hobe Sound - A Glimpse into the Past" by Paula MacArthur Cooper are now available at the Museum gift shop. There are many vintage photos in the book of this community at the south end of Martin County.
NOW at the Museum is the book (in paperback) of the History of the Stuart Woman's Club. It is 300 pages of information and photos not just of this club, which started in Stuart in 1913, but of Stuart itself over the decades. The author is Reba Shepard. Get your copy now.
They Have Arrived!! Limited Number Available.
The 2014 Ornament done by the Stuart Kiwanis Club and is available now at Stuart Heritage Museum. The theme is the 40th Anniversary of Stuart's 'Save Our Beaches' campaign in 1974.
Stop by the Museum from 10 am to 3 pm, Monday - Sunday to purchased this fine ornament - a collector's keepsake.
Cost is $25 plus sales tax. All proceeds benefit Stuart Kiwanis programs for local children and the non-profit Stuart Heritage Museum.
Many new items in the Museum gift shop: Mugs, framed drawing, key rings, jewelry, paperweights, pens, flashlights, etc. Have some of the past annual Kiwanis ornaments available. Arrived is the book on the railroads (FEC) in Florida, titled "Speedway to Sunshine":
Check out the newest Facebook Page title: Captain Henry Sewall's Home
It was created and updated by Sandra Thurlow.
Tour the Capt. Sewall house at Indian Riverside Park, along Indian River Drive.
See the house noon to 1 pm every Wednesday, then a powerpoint presentation
at 1 pm by Sandy Thurlow on the home's history.
Every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon, the public is welcomed to the "Old-Timers Social" held at the museum. Chat with those who grew up in Martin County. Refreshments served. Free.
Movie of Present-Day Stuart
Watch this movie, a great three-minute overview created by Shawn Bettencourt showing scenes of present-day Stuart and surrounding areas.
Step back in time to learn about the unusual, the forgotten and some of the fascinating people, events and places from Martin County's history. These weekly historical vignettes are produced by Greg and Alice Luckhardt of Stuart and are in print in the Your News section of Stuart News and TCPalm.com every Wednesday.
DVD of Martin County History
Enjoy this DVD with a brief history of Martin County, including photos, videos and narration. It is a great and informative overview of Stuart and its surrounding neighborhoods and locations. Get your copy in a jewel case (playable on your TV DVD player or computer) at the Museum for a $5 donation.
Stuart Heritage, Inc. was created in 1988 when the City of Stuart purchased the Stuart Feed Store building on Flagler Avenue in downtown Stuart, Florida. The purpose of Stuart Heritage is to help preserve the heritage, artifacts and history of Stuart and its surrounding communities. The countless relics housed by the museum define the history of the people, businesses, agriculture and community spirit of the City of Stuart and Martin County.
Purchase of the Stuart Feed Store
When the city purchased the Stuart Feed Store and property in 1988, Stuart Heritage wanted to convert the building into the Stuart Heritage Museum. However, it was not an easy process. To help with expenses, the front portion of the building was rented by Mrs. Peter's Smoked Fish House for a couple of years.
During those early years, donations of artifacts were gathered and organized in the remainder of the building. Some of the earliest Stuart memorabilia came from the efforts of Capt. Francis Adams, who had established a Stuart mini-museum in a small building behind the Stuart Police Station on 7th Street from June 1972 until his death in September 1975. With these and other donations from families who had lived in the area for decades, Stuart Heritage's inventory and variety of items steadily increased. Approximately 80 percent of the artifacts were acquired locally.
Local architect Don Armstrong was a founding member and Stuart Heritage's first president. He and other members set the organization's goal to protect Stuart's historical identity. Besides its numerous artifacts on display at the museum, that preservation has included saving numerous early buildings and homes which might otherwise have been torn down.
Historic Preservationists of the Year
Since 2011 there have been four individuals in Martin County who have received awards in recognition for their work on preserving the history of this area. All four are active members of the Museum:
2011: Sandra H. Thurlow • 2012: Joe Crankshaw • 2013: Alice and Greg Luckhardt
Come Visit Us!
The Stuart Heritage Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with always free admission to the public. Volunteers staff the museum to answer questions and explain exhibits and artifacts. Come visit us and discover the rich history of Stuart!
Pictured Bottom: Miniature display of Stuart in the 1910s.