Monday, June 5, 2017

Today. June 5th every year. For students of history in Palm Beach County it’s Christmas Day.


Below is the news from Carla Trivino, reporter at the Palm Beach Daily News (aka, The Shiny Sheet), an article titled, “See how Henry Flagler lived in gilt and glamour in Palm Beach — for free”.

A True Visionary (January 2nd, 1830–May 20th, 1913).
“[T]he Flagler Museum will open its doors to visitors for free in celebration of its founders Henry Flagler and his granddaughter Jean Flagler Matthews.”

The details about Founder’s Day at the Flagler Museum tomorrow:
  • Time: Noon–5 p.m.
  • Address: One Whitehall Way in the Town of Palm Beach.
  • For more information use this link or call 561-655-2833.
More excerpts from the article in The Shiny Sheet:

Henry Flagler’s grand Whitehall was built in just 18 months during a time Palm Beach was one of the least developed and most remote locations in the United States. Today, the mansion overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway still serves as a symbol of the Gilded Age, but as a museum.
     And on Monday, as it does every June 5, the Flagler Museum will open its doors to visitors for free in celebration of its founders Henry Flagler and his granddaughter Jean Flagler Matthews.

and. . .

     Flagler built the mansion in 1902 as a wedding gift for his third wife, Mary Lily Kenan Flagler.
     When Whitehall celebrated 100 years in 2002, the Daily News wrote: “Filled with the best art, antiques, craftsmanship and technology of its day, Whitehall represented not just glamour and ostentatious opulence, but also was a benchmark to which Palm Beach has aspired to this day. The place stands not only as the home of the town’s first commercial developer but also its first arbiter of high culture.”

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