Street Address
71 N. Federal Highway
Town Hall
Boca Raton, FL 33432
Mailing Address
71 N. Federal Highway
Town Hall
Boca Raton, FL 33432
phone: 561-395-6766
fax: 561-395-4049
e-mail: office@bocahistory.org
web: www.bocahistory.org
Hours
Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum
The Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum resides in Town Hall, Boca's original civic building, which is maintained as a local history museum. The Museum is open for visitors Monday - Friday, and sponsors heritage education programs for the entire community.
Monday - Friday10 AM - 4 PM
Admissions
Free
Museum Type(s)
Services
Gift Shop
Staff
Mary Csar, Executive Director
phone: 561-395-6766 x106
Susan Gillis, Curator of Collections
phone: 561-395-6766 x104
Jean Scanlon, Administrative Assistant
phone: 561-395-6766x101
Laurie - Lynn Jones, Director of Education
phone: 561-395-6766 x107
Kris Northrup, Visitor & Member Services
phone: 561-395-6766 x100
Loren A. Mintz, Board Member

Description

The Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum is known primarily for its stewardship of two landmark buildings in Boca Raton: Town Hall and the F.E.C. Railway Station (the Count de Hoernle Pavilion)plus two 1947streamline rail cars. The buildings and cars are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.The Historical Society's current focus is its collection of Addison Mizner furnishings and artifacts and its heritage education programs for the community.

Mission

To collect, preserve and present information and artifacts relevant to the past and evolving history of Boca Raton and to maintain a visible role in education and advocacy of historic preservation in our community.

History

The Boca Raton Historical Society (BRHS) is a non-profit membership organization, founded in 1972. Since its inception, the BRHS has taken on ambitious restoration projects, provided first-rate cultural programming, and followed its mission: to collect, preserve, and present information and artifacts relevant to the past and evolving history of Boca Raton, and to maintain a visible role in education and advocacy of historic preservation in our community.

Artifacts Collections

Photo collections: approximately 15,000 images from ca. 1900 to the present depicting a variety of subjects relevant to local history including images of: early agriculture; historic structures; transportation routes; and pioneers.

Subject Files: contain clippings, brochures, pamphlets and other materials relating to various subjects pertinent to area history. Highlights include the Army Air Field, Mizner Industries; IBM; and FAU.

Manuscript collections: the Historical Society is fortunate to own several important collections documenting many of the significant and everyday activities in the history of South Florida. The Chesebro Family Diaries document the lives of a family of pioneer farmers and landscape nurserymen. The Rickards Collection contains personal letters, early Florida survey books, and miscellaneous documents from 1895 through the 1920s and covers such interesting subjects as the development of Pearl City, the Yamato Colony, and the F.E.C. Railway. The Gates Collection contains many abstracts and documents from a pioneer family involved in local real estate. In addition, the archives contains Boca Raton city records from 1925 through 1930, which record the new city's survival of boom and bust.

Architectural drawings: a small but growing number of architectural drawings document some of the most historic structures in our community.

Maps: about 50 maps plus a small collection of aerial photos and Redi Maps are available to aid environmental auditors as well as historians in the documentation of land use.

Oral histories: approximately 120 oral histories have been collected from local pioneers and the Historical Society is fortunate to house copies of the Pearl City research project (Boca's historically black community) which formed the basis of the 1990 book Pearl City, Florida, a Black Community Remembers.

City directories: much used by house researchers and environmentalists,

Educational Programs

Town Hall Talks is a lecture series hosted by the Historical Society. A variety of historical topics are presented to the community via guest speakers who are experts and/or authorities in their field. ($5.00/members free)

The Historical Society conducts tours of the Boca Raton Resort & Club (12.00/$10.00 member) Boca Express Train Museum ($3.00 adults/$1.00 6&up) Town Hall ($5.00)
Trolley tours of historic & contemporary Boca Raton ($15.00/$12.00 member)

Tours for the Scouts include activities at Town Hall or the Boca Express Train Museum for those seeking the Local Lore and other history patches and badges or requirements. ($3.00/$2.00)

Ticket To Ride is the Historical Society's signature education program for schools. It is conducted at the Boca Express Train Museum and focuses on the importance of historic preservation as well as local and state history. The program supplements schools' social studies curriculum, aligns with the Sunshine State Standards, and contains FCAT practise skills.(Free)

Lesson plans detailing the local history of Boca Raton. The program augments the Florida history curriculum taught in local schools and is offered to area teachers on-line. (Free)

Historical Society offers slide presentations on local history to community groups and clubs. ($50.00)

    Governance

    A private, non-profit membership organization governed by a Board of Trustees.

    Library

    Access: General Public

    Appointment required: No

    Publications

    BRHS Newsletter - three times per year

    • BRHS Newsletter

    ADA

    Wheelchair Accessible

    Parking

    Restrooms

    Services

    Gift Shop