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.

Members – please RSVP to hold your place!  Call 772-225-1961 or email  Non-Members – use the drop-down selections below to RSVP:

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.  This Lunch & Lecture event features an optional Lunch from 12 – 12:30 pm with the speakers, followed by a lecture in the Theater.

Lecture: Museum Members $10, Non-Members $20. 

Add $10 per person 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 Lunch Sat Nov 16, 12-12:30pm; Lecture 12:30-1:30pm

Tuesday, November 19th | 3 – 7 pm

Don Maitz Gallery Walk, Reception, & Lecture

On November 19th, renowned Pirate & Fantasy Artist, Don Maitz will be in the house!
Don is the creator of the Captain Morgan character appearing on the rum label.
Eight of Don’s original paintings are featured in our
Pirates, Privateers, and Buccaneers exhibition in the Changing Gallery.

Come and meet Don and join in the festivities:

3 pm – Gallery Walk with the Artist
5 pm – Artist’s Reception*
6 pm – Blunder for Plunder Lecture
During the lecture, Don will show a series of images and explain how he creates his amazing work!

Cost: Regular Admission; Museum Members Free!

Come for part or stay for all of this unique event!

RSVP: 772-225-1961 or email

RSVPs seated first; walk-ins welcome if space allows
*Cash bar & complimentary nibbles

Non-Members – please use the menu below to RSVP

Blunder for Plunder- Don Maitz Art Event



Captain Morgan label artwork by Don Maitz

*Rum will NOT be served at the event!


Museum Members admitted free: Please RSVP!

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, January – April, 2020.  All lectures held from 11:30 – 12:30 in the Theater, followed by an optional lunch with the speaker.

January 13th – The Making of the Documentary America’s Amazon: The Story of the St. Lucie River with John Nelson

February 10th – Where Have All the Birds Gone? with John Nelson

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.

RSVP: 772-225-1961 or email

Lunch On the Fly Series – January 2020

Lunch On the Fly Series – February 2020

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.  


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 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!