Lunch & Lecture: Everglades Restoration

with Eric Eikenberg, CEO, Everglades Foundation

Thursday, March 5th, 2020

Lecture Only: 11:30 am- 12:30 pm am in the Heritage Theater

Optional Lunch with the Speaker at O’s Cafe @ The Elliott: 12:30 or at the conclusion of the lecture

Florida is now the third-largest state with a population exceeding 20 million. More than eight million South Floridians and 88 million annual tourists depend on America’s Everglades for their drinking water.  Join Eric Eikenberg, CEO of The Everglades Foundation to discuss the history, science, and policy that fuel Florida’s water supply, environment, and economy.
Cost: Regular Admission for Non-Members; Museum Members free for Lecture but everyone must RSVP.  Seating is limited and RSVPs are seated first.  Walk-ins welcome, space permitting.
Optional: Lunch with the speaker at O’s Café @ the Elliott: $15 prepaid includes entrée, soft drink, tax, and gratuity.

Please RSVP by calling 772-225-1961, or online below

Note: Select Lecture or Lecture & Lunch; Lunch only not available. 
Members: you must either RSVP for Lecture & Lunch by calling 772-225-1961.  You may RSVP for lunch below, but please – you will still need to call to RSVP for the Lecture.  You can mention that you opted-in to lunch and paid online. 

Non-Member RSVP, 3/5/20, Everglades Lecture Only –

Members & Non-Members Everglades Lecture Lunch at O’s

Please note – the February 27th Program is SOLD OUT!

There is still time to reserve your spot for the March 26th Program!

Museum Members admitted free: Please RSVP!  RSVPs seated first whether paid or free Member!

Non-Members may call, email, or click to RSVP:

Non-Member RSVP – Lecture Series with Robert Van Dellen


A Lunch & Lecture Series that’s Truly for the Birds!

Lunch on the Fly

with John Nelson & Dr. Richard Forster

Join us for another great series of lunch lectures on Florida’s birds on the second Monday of each month through April 2020.  All lectures held from 11:30 – 12:30 in the Theater, followed by an optional lunch with the speaker.

March 9th – The Herons of Florida with Dr. Richard Forster

April 13th – Favorite Feeding Behaviors – Wading & Shorebirds of Florida with Dr. Richard Forster


Lecture Cost: $10 Museum Members; $20 Non-Members.  Add $10 per person for the optional lunch with the speaker. 

Seating is limited; RSVPs seated first.  RSVPs including lunch must be made by noon on the Saturday before the event.  No walk-in lunches will be available.

Lunch On the Fly Series – March 2020

Lunch On the Fly Series – April 2020

Warm Thanks to our Sponsors:

Brian Foss

Dennis Fruitt

Ellyn & Ray Stevenson

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 for most events.  

NOTE: Both lecture series are completely sold out.  Sometimes a ticket will become available on short notice, but there is seldom room for walk-ins.  We suggest calling before heading over to the House for a lecture if you don’t have a ticket so you’re not disappointed.

 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!