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Using our secure payment system, for as little as $60 a year, you can enjoy the many benefits of being a Delray Beach Historical Society member! JOIN NOW »
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Explore the ESW Archive Learning Center

The Ethel Sterling Williams History Learning Center is open to visitors for history research and to view exhibits. EXPLORE NOW »
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Past and Present

When it was founded in 1964, DBHS set out to collect and preserve the stories, artifacts, and memorabilia from the area’s founding families to provide an authentic record of how we got started and where we are going. READ MORE »

Our Mission


The Delray Beach Historical Society, believing that a sense of history is fundamental to understanding human experiences, collects, preserves and shares materials from Delray Beach’s past, so that present and future generations can comprehend more fully their predecessors, their communities and themselves. The society encourages and assists people of all backgrounds and interests to learn more about Delray Beach’s diverse history.

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We are supported by a generous circle of sponsors, donors, and members:

Society Patron

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The Colony Hotel & Cabaña Club is a Delray Beach historic landmark and a proud member of National Trust for Historic Preservations, Historic Hotels of America. Family owned and operated since 1935, the Colony’s commitment to service is not just a corporate goal, but a passionate family tradition and sustainable dream.

The Delray Beach Historical Society is honored to recognize The Colony Hotel as our Community Patron. Their partnership is invaluable to advancing our mission.


1964 Sterling Society

Mr. Bob Ganger
Mrs. Susanna J. SouderSponsor-FCFP-120T


Royal Poinciana Benefactors

Barnards Carpet One Floor & Home
Kim and Dave Beaumont
Mr. & Mrs. Howard and Maria Ellingsworth
Ms. Fran Hall Finch
Mr. & Mrs. Cuyler P. and Brenda Medore
Printers Choice, Inc.
RealTime Marketing Group
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas M. and Kirsten Stanley
Mr. & Mrs. Paul and Nancy Zarcadoolas
Mr. & Mrs. Jefferson F. and Betty Vander Wolk

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Ocean City Corporate Sponsors

Mrs. Phyllis H. Carey
Mr. David Cook, Hands Stationers
Mr. Roger L. Kirk, Bethesda Memorial Hospital and Healthcare System, Inc.
Mr. Albert Richwagen, Richwagen’s Bike & Sport

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Grass River Garden Club
The Grass River Garden Club, named for the Everglades, or River of Grass, strives to further the love of gardening and to accomplish community service in the areas of native plants, nature education, conservation, civic projects and historic preservation.

We are grateful to the grant we received this year from the Grass River Garden Club. This money will assist us in developing our Native Plant Garden Tour.Sponsor-GRGC-120T


A Special Thank You To
Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, The City of Delray Beach, Delray Beach CRA
Delray Center for the Arts, Delray Beach Library, Palm Beach County Historical Society

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