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An Illustrated History of Palm Beach — From Wilderness to Wonderland in 150 Years
with Russell Kelley
11 a.m. The Pioneer Era and the Flagler Era (1872-1913)
Palm Beach was first settled in the 1870s. In 1894, Henry Morrison Flagler built the vast Royal Poinciana Hotel on Lake Worth, and a railroad down the east coast of Florida to transport his guests to it.
2:30 p.m. The Land Boom and Bust of the 1920s Through Today (1909 – Present)
The 1920s ushered in Palm Beach’s golden age, when architects designed mansions for wealthy patrons. Post-war development led first to the demolition – and then to the preservation – of many of those mansions.
Russell Kelley was born in Palm Beach and is co-author with the Historical Society of Palm Beach County of An Illustrated History of Palm Beach (Pineapple Press, 2020).
Book signing to follow
Presented in partnership with the Historical Society of Palm Beach County