PCHS Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary of Holland Park Museum
by Kathy Reichard-Ellavsky, PCHS President
The Palm Coast Historical Society will celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the opening of its museum in Holland Park onOctober 28, 2023 from 11 am – 2 pm. Originally opened as part of the Founder’s Day celebration in October 2013 this year’s event will include a museum Open House, Food Truck Festival, music by DJ Vern, displays by local clubs, and lectures related to local history. And it’s FREE!
For the past 23 years PCHS has been dedicated to fulfilling its mission to collect, preserve, and disseminate material related to the City of Palm Coast and its people. These materials date back to Pam Coast’s original founding by International Telephone and Telegraph (ITT) in 1970. Palm Coast’s first Mayor James Canfield established the historical society in 2000 shortly after City Incorporation. Grand Haven resident Art Dycke was appointed co-historian that year and remains in that position today along with co-historian Elaine Studnicki.
For the first thirteen years volunteers not only collected and organized cabinets full of ITT planning and marketing materials, they moved them from place to place for more than a decade until the City ultimately established a location for PCHS in Holland Park in 2013. During the past decade volunteers have enhanced the building’s exterior with a 10 x 12 ft. history mural, PCAF Turtle #7 Garfield, and a landscaped area with Florida-friendly plants.