Museum Director:
Robert Redd
sevhs@bellsouth.net
Southeast Volusia Historical Society, Inc.
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Community Museum Meetings


Thursday, January 19, 2017 6:30
Venetian Bay Golf Club

Annual Banquet

January is our annual banquet. We will be holding the banquet at the Venetian Bay Golf Club. Tickets for the event are $35 and include a buffet dinner and the presentation. A cash bar will be available starting at 6pm. The menu consists of Macadamia Encrusted Mahi, Herb Encrusted Pork Loin, Roasted Red Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli, House Salad, Dinner Rolls, and Non-Alcoholic Beverages (soda, water, tea, coffee)

Our speaker for the evening will be James "Zach" Zacharias from the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach. His topic will be Florida Forts. Zach is a well-known speaker in Florida and always draws a large crowd. Make your plans now to attend.


You may pay in advance at the museum.




Thursday, February 16, 2017 6:30
Babe James Community Center



“The Magnificent Drama”: Martin Luther King in St. Augustine Presented By Michael Butler



The civil rights movement in St. Augustine received national attention when Martin Luther King, Jr. visited the city in 1964. Why did he come to St. Augustine, what were his goals, and how did his two appearances impact an already-vibrant local struggle? This presentation places what Dr. King called “the magnificent drama” within context of a movement where local and national objectives both complemented and contradicted each other in ways that continue to impact contemporary race relations.



Dr. J. Michael Butler is an Associate Professor of History at Flagler College, where he has taught since August 2008. He received both his Masters and Doctorate in History from the University of Mississippi, where he specialized in 20th century Southern history with an emphasis on the civil rights movement. Dr. Butler co-authored Victory After the Fall: The Memories of Civil Rights Activist H. K. Matthews, has published essays in the Journal of Southern History, the Florida Historical Quarterly, Southern Cultures, Popular Music and Society, and the Journal of Mississippi History, and written multiple reviews and encyclopedia entries for various academic journals. His latest manuscript is titled Beyond Integration: The Black Freedom Struggle in Escambia County, Florida, 1960-2000 and was published by the University of North Carolina Press in Spring 2016.



Dr. Butler is appearing courtesy of the Florida Humanities Council and a grant they have provided. The event is free and open to the public.



Please note that this meeting will NOT be held at the museum but rather at the Babe James Community Center.


History Walking Tours


Beginning January 18 and operating through April 15, 2017 the museum will be sponsoring three different History Walking Tours. The tours cost $8 for Historical Society members and $10 for non-members.  Members may sign up for all three tours at the discounted price of $20 and non-members may sign up for all three for only $25. Register at the museum; payment by cash and debit/credit card. All tours start at 10:30am weather permitting. Tours on Wednesday and Friday meet at the museum and Saturday tours meet at the Riverview Hotel lobby on Flagler Avenue. Walk ups are welcome if space is available on the tour. Saturday morning walk ups at the Riverview may only be paid in cash.


Wednesdays--Join us for a History Walking Tour focused on the Canal Street Historic District. Learn about the railroad industry, old movie theatres, long forgotten businesses, local architecture, and much more. This is a casual walk through downtown New Smyrna Beach and lasts approximately an hour and a half. There are stops during the tour as your guide discusses local landmarks.


Fridays--Take a pleasant and leisurely stroll south on Riverside Drive. Our guide will tell you about historic homes, the old wharf area, and other city highlights that make New Smyrna Beach such a unique town. Your tour will return to the museum via scenic Magnolia Avenue.


Saturdays--MEET AT THE RIVERVIEW HOTEL LOBBY 103 FLAGLER AVENUE! This tour will show you some of the historic sights and areas on, and around, Flagler Avenue. Starting at The Riverview Hotel & Spa lobby you can learn about how the third floor was added, why is there a grave on Canova Drive, how did Canova Drive get its name, what does watch and warn mean, see a "building within a building" and more.



African American History Month

Thursday, February 2, 2017 1:30pm
Babe James Community Center



Dr. Len Lempel Presents Freemanville


Dr. Len Lempel, who was a professor at Bethune Cookman University and later at Daytona State College, will be discussing John Milton Hawkes and his role in founding the community of Freemanville which was located in what is now Port Orange.

Dr. Lempel will discuss the first African American community in Volusia County; its founding, who was there, why they were there, and what eventually happened to the community. This little known community played an important role in the history of Volusia County.

This event is free and open to the public courtesy of Florida Humanities Council. Please note this event will not take place at the museum but rather at the Babe James Community Center.



Thursday, February 9, 2017 1pm
Babe James Community Center

Mary Fears Presents Harriet Tubman


Noted local historian Ms. Mary Fears will be presenting her program "Harriet Tubman: Her Life and Achievements" courtesy of the Florida Humanities Council. Ms. Fears is an expert on Tubman's life and starred as the abolitionist in the 2010 documentary Filling the Gap, which was nominated for a 2011 NAACP Image Award. Ms. Tubman has been in the news recently as she will soon be replacing Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.

Make plans to attend this educational presentation. There will be a question and answer period at the end of the program and Mrs. Fears will have copies of her books available for purchase. This event is free and open to the public. Please note that this event will take place at the Babe James Community Center and not at the museum.


Saturday, February 25, 2017 10am
Meet at the Museum


Bus Tour to the Mary McLeod Bethune Home

As part of African American History Month we will be offering a bus tour to the Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation National Historic Landmark in Daytona Beach, FL. The tour will be given by Dr. Ashley Robertson, an authority on Dr. Bethune and Curator/Director of the Bethune Foundation. We are working to add additional stops to the tour where possible.


Built around 1904-05 the home was purchased in 1913 for Mrs. Bethune and would be the place that she lived until her passing in 1955. Each year 1000’s of visitors come from around the world to gain the “Bethune Experience” by walking in the steps of such a great woman. The home tells the story of visitors including First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, Langston Hughes, Jackie Robinson and Ralph Bunche. The historic site also features a large collection of original personal artifacts of the college founder and political activist. On December 2, 1974 the historic home received the designation of National Historic Landmark by the United States Secretary of Interior.


There is NO COST for this tour due to the generosity of the Florida Humanities Council and a grant they have provided. A donation will be made to the Bethune Foundation for their generosity in helping plan this event.



The tour is limited in attendance to the first 56 who sign up and is on a first come, first served basis. We anticipate demand for this tour to be strong so please only sign up once you are certain you can attend. Please sign up at the museum or call and ask to speak with Robert; 386-478-0052.



Please meet at the museum between 9:30am and 10am. The bus will depart at 10am. We will return by 3:30pm.