Collections & Exhibits
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President, Toley Engebretsen
Vice President, Mac McCartney
Secretary (Recording), Barbara J. Hodapp
Treasurer, Leland Johns
Secretary (Correspond.), Alice Luckhardt
BOARD of DIRECTORS
The Board meets every second Monday monthly, 3:00 p.m. at the museum.
News & Events
Get your annual Kiwanis Ornament for 2016. It is about the fascinating history of the Shark Industry in Port Salerno. We have received a new shipment of the more-requested Kiwanis Ornaments: 2015 Kiwanis Park (Woodlawn Park), 2014 Stuart's 100th Anniversary, 2014 Veteran's Bridge and the Palm City's vintage Post Office. HURRY, supplies are limited! (We sell all the past ornaments as available. Put your name on our call list when they’re available, and we’ll call you as soon as the new ones come in!) NOTE: The new one for 2017 will be out soon and it is fabulous!
Listing of 2017-2018 Monthly Programs
Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Flagler Place, 201 SW Flagler Ave. Guest speaker to be announced. It is free and open to the public.
Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Flagler Place, 201 SW Flagler Ave., historian Sandra Thurlow covers the 25 years of Stuart Heritage Museum. It is free and open to the public.
Saturday, Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. will be the annual Holiday Open House at Stuart Heritage Museum, 161 SW Flagler Ave. It is free and open to the public.
Tuesday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Flagler Place, 201 SW Flagler Ave., Jeff Wittmann, an expert on the Florida Seminole Wars. He will speak the Loxahatchee Battle of the 1830s in the southern portion of Martin County. It is free and open to the public.
Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Flagler Place, 201 SW Flagler Ave., Roger Lightly, a Highwaymen Art Specialist, speaking on these unique local works of art. It is free and open to the public.
Tuesday, March 13 at 7 p.m. at the Flagler Place, 201 SW Flagler Ave., Ron Ashley, researcher on integration in Martin County of the 1960s. It is free and open to the public.
Tuesday, April 10 at 7 p.m. at the Lyric Theatre at 59 SW Flagler Avenue, the movie "Little Laura and Big John", about the Ashley Gang, will be shown. Tickets are $5.00 each at the Lyric box office.
Tuesday, May 8 at 7 p.m. at the Lyric Theatre at 59 SW Flagler Avenue, Kia Fontaine on the work done over the decades to preserve and save the historic Lyric Theatre, plus tours. Sign up at the Museum before May 8th for the Lyric tours. It is free and open to the public.
Alice L. Luckhardt's book "Stuart" with over 200 vintage photos is available at the Museum.
Sandy Thurlow's newest book "US Life-Saving Service - Florida's East Coast" is available for sale at the Museum.
Every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon, the public is welcomed to the "Old-Timers Social" held at the museum. Chat with those who grew up in Martin County. Refreshments served. Free.
Movie of Present-Day Stuart
Watch this movie, a great three-minute overview created by Shawn Bettencourt showing scenes of present-day Stuart and surrounding areas.
Step back in time to learn about the unusual, the forgotten and some of the fascinating people, events and places from Martin County's history. These weekly historical vignettes are produced by Greg and Alice Luckhardt of Stuart and are in print in the Your News section of Stuart News and TCPalm.com every Wednesday.
DVD of Martin County History
Enjoy this DVD with a brief history of Martin County, including photos, videos and narration. It is a great and informative overview of Stuart and its surrounding neighborhoods and locations. Get your copy in a jewel case (playable on your TV DVD player or computer) at the Museum for a $5 donation.
Stuart Heritage, Inc. was created in 1988 when the City of Stuart purchased the Stuart Feed Store building on Flagler Avenue in downtown Stuart, Florida. The purpose of Stuart Heritage is to help preserve the heritage, artifacts and history of Stuart and its surrounding communities. The countless relics housed by the museum define the history of the people, businesses, agriculture and community spirit of the City of Stuart and Martin County.
Purchase of the Stuart Feed Store
When the city purchased the Stuart Feed Store and property in 1988, Stuart Heritage wanted to convert the building into the Stuart Heritage Museum. However, it was not an easy process. To help with expenses, the front portion of the building was rented by Mrs. Peter's Smoked Fish House for a couple of years.
During those early years, donations of artifacts were gathered and organized in the remainder of the building. Some of the earliest Stuart memorabilia came from the efforts of Capt. Francis Adams, who had established a Stuart mini-museum in a small building behind the Stuart Police Station on 7th Street from June 1972 until his death in September 1975. With these and other donations from families who had lived in the area for decades, Stuart Heritage's inventory and variety of items steadily increased. Approximately 80 percent of the artifacts were acquired locally.
Local architect Don Armstrong was a founding member and Stuart Heritage's first president. He and other members set the organization's goal to protect Stuart's historical identity. Besides its numerous artifacts on display at the museum, that preservation has included saving numerous early buildings and homes which might otherwise have been torn down.
Since 2011 there have been eight individuals in Martin County who have received awards in recognition for their work on preserving the historical buildings and history of this area.
2017: Mary Jones
2016: Harold Markey
2015: Iris Wall & Jonnie Wall Flewelling
2013: Alice and Greg Luckhardt
2012: Joe Crankshaw
2011: Sandra H. Thurlow
Come Visit Us!
The Stuart Heritage Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with always free admission to the public. Volunteers staff the museum to answer questions and explain exhibits and artifacts. Come visit us and discover the rich history of Stuart!
Pictured Above: Miniature display of Stuart in the 1910s.