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Preserve Your Heritage. Understanding our past creates a bridge to our future.

Our mission is to preserve the City’s archives and historic sites, to educate the community about Delray’s heritage and to encourage public interest in the historic past of Delray Beach.

Winnie Edwards
3 N.E. 1st Street
Delray Beach, FL 33444
561-274-9578
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The DBHS continues its important mission of collecting "oral histories." Oral history is both the oldest type of historical inquiry, predating the written word, and one of the most modern, initiated with tape recorders in the 1940s, and now using 21st century digital technologies.

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This photo was taken 104 years ago this month. Farming in downtown Delray Beach. Filled with awe for the pristine beauty of the untouched and wild tropical splendor, pioneers transformed raw land into the humble beginnings of a rural farm town along the banks of the canal. By the time Delray was incorporated in 1911, the area had become the epicenter of South Florida’s agricultural economy.

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From the archive... a snapshot from a past Delray Garden Club meeting.

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1930's Delray Beach. Randall Davis fishing on Lake Ida.

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Ethel Sterling Williams, of the pioneering Sterling family, was involved in her family farm business, delivered construction materials by mule, ran the Casa Del Rey Hotel & taught school at the site of what is now OSS. She espoused many social causes, including opposition to the KKK & equal opportunity for all citizens. Ethel co-founded the DBHS in 1964. #womenshistorymonth

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Eleanor Hartman Hall, wife of Emmett Campbell Hall in front of the "Falcon House," now Death or Glory restaurant in 1925. Emmett was a writer and built the Delray Theater in 1923 complete with a dance floor on the roof and featuring the town's first air conditioning.

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March 3rd marked the 174th Anniversary of Florida’s designation as the 27th state of the United States. Happy Birthday Florida!

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Delray Beach Historical Society is with David Cook and 13 others.

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Join this Saturday as we kick off WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH. The spirited & visionary women of Delray (pic 1913) helped shape our town. Visit our exhibits and be inspired! OPEN SATURDAY 11am-3pm.

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Happy Dr. Seuss Day!

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LECTURE VENUE CHANGE! Due to uncertain weather Wednesday Feb 27, our Ken Breslauer lecture, “Florida Roadside Attractions History” will be held across the street in the historic gymnasium at Old School Square. Entrance on 1st St. We are SOLD OUT... see you all tomorrow at 6:30PM. Info: 561.274.9578.

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Archive find! Delray Beach 1965 south of Linton. Looking north, you’ll see that the Linton bridge has not been built yet.

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