By Matthew Lewis, Contributing Reporter
DELRAY BEACH, FLORIDA – The Delray Beach Historical Society (DBHS) announced last week that they have reopened their campus, including the three properties and history exhibits, research archives and book store.
Visits to the three history exhibits are open Tuesday through Friday, from 10AM to 2PM, and free research is available in the archives from Tuesday to Friday, from 10AM to 3PM by appointment.
While the County and City are still in Phase 1 of the reopening, current CDC guidelines will apply, including face covering or masks being required. There is also a maximum of three visitors at a time, and the bathroom facilities are not available.
The DBHS has also announced their Summer Camp Backyard Adventure kits, which will be available from July 1st to August 28th. These take home kits are being prepared on site, and includes the book, “Last Egret: The Adventures of Charlie Pierce” by Harvey E. Oyer III, with outdoor adventure activities and local natural-history lessons along the way.
Also a royal poinciana tree pod decorating kit, a grow your own gladiolas kit, recipes made with local ingredients, a family tree template, a birdhouse to paint and a coloring book, all for $30 per camper, which are created for age six and above.
Another exciting activity happening this summer on the DBHS campus is the One-Acre Educational Heritage Garden being created as a “outdoor classroom”. Anyone interested in volunteering can roll up their sleeves and help planting, weeding, developing educational materials for ten native South Florida habitats and ecosystems.
As always, the DBHS is open to receiving artifacts of family Delray history, and specifically at this time, documenting the coronavirus pandemic. They are specifically interested in receiving video diaries, essays and poems, photos and artwork.
The Delray Beach Historical Society campus is located at the corner of North Swinton Avenue and NE 1st Street. The campus includes the 1926 ‘Bungalow’, at 3 NE 1st Street, which serves as an exhibit space and as a meeting space for workshops and events. It also houses thier Executive Director’s office.
The other structures include the ‘The Yellow Building’ at 111 North Swinton Avenue and is the Ethel Sterling Williams History Learning Center and Archive. Also the ‘Cason Cottage’ at 5 NE 1st Street, is utilized for workshops, small lectures, classes, Summer Camp and events.
To become a member and receive discounts at The Pineapple Gift Shop specializing in local history books and other benefits, or to donate, contact the DBHS by phone at (561) 274-9578 or their web site.