History in the Making Lecture Luncheon

with Charlie D’Agata, CBS News Foreign Correspondent

Friday, October 4th, 2019 | 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Hutchinson Shores Resort, Jensen Beach

Rescheduled from March
Charlie D’Agata has reported from the front lines of every major conflict across the globe since the terrorist attacks of 9/11, in addition to coverage of the most significant international stories in the world. As a true eyewitness to “history in the making,” Charlie offers a captivating perspective to the players and events that shape our rapidly-changing world. His stories are based on the most adverse scenarios imaginable; yet Charlie says it’s “the prevailing strength and resilience of the human spirit” that he sees time and again that keeps his own faith in humanity alive and well.
D’Agata has been a CBS News foreign correspondent since 2011. He reports for all CBS News broadcasts and platforms, including CBS This Morning and The CBS Evening News.
History in the Making Benefit Lecture Luncheon
Museum Members – $100
Non-Members – $125
Seating is limited; RSVP only: 772-225-1961
or email RSVP@hsmc-fl.org

History in the Making Lecture Luncheon, 10/4/19

Pirate Lecture Schedule

Thursday, October 24 – Joanne Wetzel, author of The Goat with the Glass Eye.  A story about the slave trade in 1691 and the pirates who disrupt it. Reception at 5:30, lecture at 6 followed by a book signing. Lecture $14; Members free.

Goat with Glass eye – Joanne Wetzl – Oct. 17 5:30-8pm


Wednesday October 30 – Alice Luckhardt, local Historian, will feature Don Pedro Gilbert – Our Local Treasure Coast Pirate, a multi-media presentation at Noon. This is a lunch-and-learn event. Museum members $10, non-members $20; add $10 for the optional lunch. Seats are limited; RSVPs seated first.  Walk-ins welcome if space permits.  Lunch RSVPs taken until 5 pm, Monday, October 28th.  No walk-in lunches available.

Don Pedro Gilbert Lecture with Alice Luckhardt

Thursday, November 7 – Allen Balogh, author of Black Sales 1715. The story of the 1715 Treasure Fleet wreck and the pirates of the golden age. Reception at 5:30, lecture at 6 followed by a book signing. Lecture $14; Members free.

Black Sails 1715 w/ Allen Balogh Nov 7, 5:30-8 pm

Saturday, November 16 – Patrick and Patricia Mesmer whose new book, Pirates and Smugglers of the Treasure Coast will be published on October 21, 2019. Lecture at Noon. This is a lunch-and-learn event. Museum members $10, non-members $20 plus $10 for the optional lunch. Seats are limited; RSVPs seated first. Walk-ins for the lecture are welcome if space permits.  Lunch RSVPs taken until 5 pm, Thursday, November 14th.  No walk-in lunches available.

Mesmer Lecture Sat November 16th at Noon

Sign Up for Lectures: RSVP to 225-1961 or email RSVP@hsmc-fl.org

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 RSVP@elliottmuseum.org.  Walk-ins welcome if space permits.  Free munchies and cash bar available for most events.  


 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 RSteele@elliottmuseum.org.

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!