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The Museum's Holiday Open House is Sat., Dec. 10, 2016 from 10 am to 3 pm. Special Tours of the main floor, the basement and the upstairs are available that day. ALSO - the newest book "Stuart" part of the Images of America series, with over 200 vintage Stuart photos, completed by Alice L. Luckhardt will be available and Alice will be on hand to sign books that day.
Starting Dec. 1st and to the day of the Open House, get your Raffle Tickets -$10 for 3 chances to win one of three great prizes. The first prize is the complete 4-piece print set of the Florida Seminole Indians done by local artist, James Hutchinson in 1976. The drawing is at 2:30 pm on Sat., Dec. 10th at the Museum.
Also get your annual Kiwanis Ornament for 2016. It is about the fascinating history of the Shark Industry in Port Salerno.
The Museum is in need of having accordion shutters placed at all the Museum's windows and doors to help protect the many priceless artifacts in case a hurricane comes across Stuart. The last 'near miss' of Hurricane Matthew was too close for comfort. Any donation for the shutters would be greatly appreciated. Send a check to: Shutters Donation, Stuart Heritage Museum, 161 SW Flagler Ave., Stuart, FL 34994 or bring a donation directly to the Museum. Many Thanks.
Plan on being at the special release date (Monday, Dec. 19th - from 10 am to 3 pm) of the newest book by Sandy Thurlow, titled Life Saving Stations along Florida's East Coast. Wonderful stories and many photos of the life of the keepers (and their family) of these houses of refuge, long before there were US Coast Guard stations.
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.
Historic Preservationists of the Year
Since 2011 there have been seven individuals in Martin County who have received awards in recognition for their work on preserving the historical buildings and history of this area.
2011: Sandra H. Thurlow • 2012: Joe Crankshaw • 2013: Alice and Greg Luckhardt
2015: Iris Wall & Jonnie Wall Flewelling • 2016: Harold Markey
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.