The January 10th program is nearly sold out!  Please call to reserve if space is available: 772-225-1961 

Curators & Cocktails 2019 Season


Still Time to Sign Up for the Elliott Museum’s Key West & Havana Cruise

Cruises, Tours & More is offering a Key West and Havana to benefit the Elliott, January 28th through February 2nd sailing from Fort Lauderdale!  Download details on the itinerary, excursions, and events featured on the cruise.  Space is limited, so if you’re thinking about this unique cruising opportunity with the Elliott, we encourage you to make your reservations early so you won’t be disappointed.

Our cruise package offers:

  • Exclusive Cuba Excursions
  • Roundtrip Bus Transportation from the Elliott with Free Parking at the Museum (included)
  • On-board Private Cocktail Party (included)
  • Pre-Cruise Events at the Museum including a Reception and Lecture featuring Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea
  • A $100 Donation to the Elliott is included in the fare so you and fellow cruise mates are helping to support the finest of art and culture in Martin County! (included)
  • Knowledgeable and experienced agents of Cruises, Tours & More will be handling all your arrangements and are available to answer your travel questions. (included)

To discuss further, please contact Deb Banta at 772-225-1961, ext. 124, or email  You may also call Sharon or Joseph for information or to book your cruise at Cruises, Tours & More, 772-340-1600 or 800-382-0058.


Warm Thanks to our Sponsor

Lunch On the Fly with John Nelson – Jan 14

*We cannot accommodate restricted diets.  Lunch options include a sandwich, sides, chips, fruit, cookies, iced tea and soft drinks.  Wine & beer available.  


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2019 History in the Making Benefit Lecture Luncheon
with Charlie D’Agata, CBS News Foreign Correspondent

March 1st, 2019  11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa

The Elliott Museum is proud to welcome Emmy Award-winning reporter, Charlie D’Agata as the 2019 History in the Making Lecture Luncheon speaker.  Charlie will talk about his career as a foreign correspondent with CBS News.

Members: $100; Non-Members: $125

Seating is limited; RSVP online or by calling 772-225-1961

History in the Making Lecture Luncheon w/ Charlie D’Agata 3/1/19

2019 – Upcoming Lectures, Series, & Special Programs

January 8th – April 10th, 2019 – House of Refuge Lecture Series.  Historic Site Manager, Linda Geary, has a great new season of morning and evening lectures scheduled.  Lectures are held on consecutive days, Tuesday mornings at 10 am and repeated the next day, Wednesday evening at 7 pm held in the Keeper’s Quarters at the House of Refuge.  Season tickets go on sale for all four morning OR all four evening lectures on November 24th and usually sell out quickly.  Tickets for individual lectures, if available, go on sale the week before the lecture.  There is usually no space for walk-ins, so call before you go. HOR_2019_LectureSchedule

Thursday, January 10th, 2018, 5:30 – 7:30 – The 2019 season of Curators & Cocktails continues.  Associate Car Curator, John Giltinan, will talk about The Chevrolet Corvette: America’s Sports Car.  See above for a complete list of programs and RSVP information.

January 14th – April 8th, 2019, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm – Have Lunch On the Fly with John Nelson, President of Audubon of Martin County.  The second Monday of each month, join John for interesting talks on our local birds and the environmental issues they face.  Seating is limited; RSVPs seated first.  Complete information is on this page listed above.

January 17th – March 28th, 2019, 6 – 8 pm – Literary Lectures with Robert Van Dellen, Ph.D.   Bob is back with another series of lectures on interesting and controversial literary topics.  Seating is limited; RSVPs seated first.  Complete information is on this page listed above.

Most lectures are held in the Elliott’s Heritage Theater.  Cost of most unless otherwise stated: regular admission; free to Members.  Seating is limited and RSVPs will be seated first.  RSVP: 772-225-1961 or email  Walk-ins welcome if space permits.  Free munchies and cash bar available.  

House of Refuge seasonal Oceanside Lecture Series tickets available now until gone.  Click for schedule.  Seating is limited and tickets sell quickly – call 772-225-1875 or visit the House of Refuge.  Lectures held in the Keeper’s Quarters.  Parking is an issue; you are welcome to carpool from the Elliott Museum, 1.5 miles away.


 We’re 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.

Rob Steele, President & CEO of the Historical Society of Martin County, the umbrella under which both the Elliott Museum and House of Refuge operate, is available for speaking engagements.  Contact him at 772-225-1961, ext, 109, or email

Currently, we offer the following curated presentations:

Hugh Willoughby, Adventurer and Inventor

Speaker: Robin Potvin, Museum Archive Researcher

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

The Thurlow Library & Archives at the Elliott Museum houses 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 hydro-airplane, 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 cataloging 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 You’ve Never Heard Of

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 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 Education Coordinator, Al Simbritz, will introduce you to some of Elliott’s inventions and discuss his effect on our American history and culture. 


Play Ball!  Baseball Stories

Speaker: Frank Spera, 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, Ohio

(9) Barn Finds 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)

(12) Ford Mustang and the Pony Car Stampede!

(13) Alfred P. Sloan – Genius of General Motors

(14) Rolls Royce – “The Best Car in the World!”

(15) The Fabulous Franklin: The Cars of the H.H. Franklin Company, Syracuse, NY

(16) The Cars of Cuba

(17) The Chevrolet Corvette: America’s Sports Car

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