Literature Lectures with Robert Van Dellen, A series entitled The Multiple Voices of Literature: What they Say and What They Mean. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Regular admission. Members free. RSVP by phone to Amie Smith at 772-225-1961, or by email at

January 26 Poetic Gems: Great Poems and their Meaning–Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Whitman, Dickinson, Eliot, Frost and Others

February 23 An Evening with Pat Conroy: From the Pain of Suffering to the Glory of Forgiveness

March 30 Shakespeare’s Wondrous World: His Tragic and Comic Visions


Benefit Reception, Classics at the Beach Car Show Party, Location to be determined; Cost $65 per person $125 per couple; free to car show registrants. RSVP by phone to Amie Smith 772-224-1961 or by email at Presented by Audi Stuart Infiniti Stuart.


21st Annual Elliott Museum Car Show Classics at the Beach, on the grounds of the Elliott Museum. Cost $14 for adults; $12 for seniors; $6 for children 6-12 including admission to the Museum (no free admission to this event). Note: Parking is limited; there will be a shuttle from a remote location. Presented by Autogeek. Sponsored by TC Palm, Rachelle (Rocky) and Henry Grady, Searle & Associates Insurance, Peter W. Weiler Certified Financial Planner.

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We are taking the show on the road!

You can now bring the Museum to your organization or club through the Elliott Museum’s speaker’s bureau. You can choose from select topics and speakers on topics that relate to the Museum’s exhibitions and collections. For 2016-2017, may we recommend to you the following presentations?

Hugh Willoughby, adventurer and inventor

Speaker: Robin Potvin, Museum Archive Researcher

Duration: 20-30 minutes, could be longer with question and answers

In the Thurlow Library and Archives at the Elliott Museum you will find one of the largest collections of materials about Hugh Willoughby, adventurer, athlete, aviator, inventor, photographer, and seasonal resident of Sewall’s Point. Willoughby invented a plane called the Pelican, a replica of which is on display at the Museum. He also canoed across the Everglades, taking photos and writing a book about his experiences. Museum volunteer archivist Robin Potvin has been cataloguing the Willoughby collection. Her work has put her in touch with other Willoughby researchers. She has written an article about Willoughby and is now available to share her discoveries in a presentation.

Sterling Elliott: The Most Famous Inventor of whom you have Never Heard

Speaker: Al Simbritz, Museum Education Coordinator

Duration: 45-60 minutes

The Museum’s namesake, Sterling Elliott, was a prolific inventor who looked at everything around him and wanted to make it more efficient, or to perform better.  From improved bicycles, social reform, and revolutionizing several industries and a sport, Elliott was a man of vision and practical application. Thomas Edison invited him to his laboratory because he wanted to “meet the genius who could invent a machine that could tie a square knot.” In this one-hour presentation, Museum Educator Al Simbritz will introduce you to some of Elliott’s inventions, and discuss his effect on our American history, and culture. 

Baseball stories

Speaker: Frank Spera, Museum Board Member and Baseball Gallery Docent

Duration: 45-60 minutes

Everyone has a baseball story. “Sometimes sharing their stories have brought tears to their eyes,” says Frank Spera of his experiences in the Museum’s Baseball Gallery exhibit titled It’s Our Game. The gallery includes signed baseball cards, baseballs, bats, and other memorabilia. But it comes alive when the Museum’ s docents are there to share stories with visitors. Frank Spera is now available to present stories that will be in his forthcoming book gleaned from his research and experiences while serving as a volunteer docent at the Elliott Museum.

Great Cars! 

Speaker: John Giltinan, Associate Car Curator

Duration: 45-60 minutes

Since 2013 Associate Car Curator John Giltinan has presented the popular car series “Curators and Cocktails” at the Elliott Museum. He is now taking his show on the road. Choose from one of many topics about great cars, such as those listed below.

(1) The Early Pioneers of General Motors (Billy Durant, David Dunbar Buick, Ransom E. Olds, and Louis Chevrolet)

(2) Henry Ford and the Ford Motor Company

(3) The Emergence of Elegance-The Classic Era

(4) The Moderne Era

(5) Harley Earl and Bill Mitchell-Breaking the Mold at GM

(6) Sir William Lyons and Jaguar Cars, LTD

(7) Walter P. Chrysler-More than the Chrysler Corporation

(8) Cleveland and the Western Reserve-The Cars of Cleveland

(9) Barn Find Fervor! Preservation of Original Features vs. Restoration

(10) Enzo Ferrari-The Man and His Machines (part 1)

(11) Ferrari’s Fabulous Mid-Engine Road Cars (part 2)

He may even bring a car along for you to experience!