Putnam County Historical Society  - March 2012 Newsletter


NEW MEMBERSHIP OPTION: The Putnam County Historical Society is pleased to offer a new level of membership for volunteers – individuals who donate a minimum of three hours a year at the Historical Society Museum will now become members of the Society.  The Historical Society Museum is scheduled to be open to the public on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from 2-5pm but scheduling volunteers has not been an easy task.  In announcing this new membership level, Sam Deputy; President of the Putnam County Historical Society, hopes to attract new volunteers to the organization.  “It’s a win-win for the Society,” he stresses, “Our Museum is the foundation of our organization and we want it staffed and open to the public as often as possible!” F or more information contact our volunteer coordinator Guy Tillis at 329-0140.

ST.  AUGUSTINE FIELD TRIP: The Membership Committee of the Putnam County Historical Society announces their upcoming trip to St.  Augustine on April 21st – “The tour was organized as a fact-finding mission, we’ll be looking behind the scenes at similar Societies and properties like our House and Museum in Palatka.” Says Elizabeth van Rensburg, “We want to find out the how and why of how other organizations like us are so successful.”  To make reservations contact Elizabeth at 904.377.5044.


The Crescent City Historic District received its designation on Dec.  5, 1996.   It contains 212 historic buildings.   This historic city received its name from Jennie Griffing, the wife of a plantation owner.   After being surveyed, she changed the name of Dunn's Lake to Crescent Lake due to its shape.   In 1876 the city on the north shore of the lake was surveyed and named Crescent City after the lake.   Both the city and the lake continue to carry this name.

Melrose has established a Murals of Melrose committee.   This committee is committed to celebrating the history and natural beauty of Melrose through a series of murals on selected buildings.   This rural and historic community is excited to become part of the Florida Murals Trail along with Gainesville and Palatka.

2012 ANTIQUE SHOW: The Putnam County Historical Society is on track for their annual Antique Show on September 29 & 30th at the Woman's Club of Palatka, 600 South 13th Street, Palatka.   This year promises to be bigger and better and your P.C.H.S.  President is “out fishing” for the perfect coordinator for the event.  Keep an eye out for more information and volunteer opportunities coming your way on this fun weekend.

THE SECOND ANNUAL OCCUPATION OF PALATKA 1864: T he 2011 Living History event at the Bronson-Mulholland House was such a success, the Reid’s Garden Neighborhood Association has decided to make it a yearly event!  Planned to coincide with the Annual Antique show, the last weekend in September will showcase Palatka during the Civil War when we were under occupation by the Union Troops of the 48th New York Regiment.  The event is free and open to the public.  The Putnam County Historical Society is proud to be a partner and we encourage you to attend!


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