Lunch On the Fly with John Nelson

Lunch on the Fly continues with Dr. Richard Forster, Vice President of Audubon of Martin County.  Dr. Forster will present two lunch lectures on the feeding habits of Florida birds.  Presentations will include a video, lecture, and Q&A at the end.

Monday, April 22nd, 11:30 – 1:00 pm

The Feeding Habits of Florida’s Wading Birds

Monday, May 13th, 11:30 – 1:00 pm

The Feeding Habits of Florida’s Shorebirds

Program fees are: $10 for Museum Members and Audubon of Martin County Members; $20 for Non-Members

Optional lunch available in the Art Studio with the speaker after the program – $10 additional per person. 

RSVPs taken for Lecture or Lecture & Lunch – Lunch only not available.  RSVPs for lunch must be received the Friday before the lecture.  RSVPs seated first; walk-ins welcome if space is available.  Lectures have been selling out, so don’t wait!

RSVP to 772-225-1961 or email or now via PayPal

Lunch On the Fly with Dr. Richard Forster

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2019 – Upcoming Lecture 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 are sold out.  Tickets for individual lectures, if available, go on sale the week before the lecture.  There is often no space for walk-ins, so call before you go. HOR_2019_LectureSchedule

January 31st – 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.

March 11th & 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.

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!